johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2014 msnelling09 (179) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours pale gold, bordering on straw yellow with a light creamy white head of tiny bubbles, which fade away into a scrim leaving a splotchy lacing along the glass. In body the beer is clean of all particles and expresses only a slight chill haze. On the nose this beer is beautifully bright and expressive, featuring prickly pine that morphs into lush and juicy citric pineapple and orange with light touches of grapefruit and mango. The nose of this beer alone easily stands up there with some of the best APA’s in America. On the tongue the beer tastes dry and complex with faint hints of sweeter bready malt and a faint touch of acidity from the hops. This beer is supremely balanced, however, with no aspect really overpowering the others. In flavor the beer begins as sweet juicy citric hops, blended with light fluffy malt. Eventually prickly pine works its way through the hop flavor, and even suggests pineapple briefly on the palate, but the malt character stays steady and strong providing a beautiful backbone for the hops to paint upon with light fluffy malt bread. In the mouth, the beer feels crisp, clean, and natural. The finish is of bright citric hops working beautiful bitter and juicy characteristics across the tongue that can’t quite be placed. The aftertaste is bitter with a lingering touch of very light bready malts. Carbonation is light and fluffs through the mouth, beautifully caressing the tongue. The beer feels on the highest point of light in body, just below medium, and is hugely drinkable, while the mouth is left dry and rather clean with just a light malty flavor linger in the mouth. The mouth is left begging to be wet again. Overall this is a hell of a session ale, and a hell of an APA. It is hugely complex in its hop character, and provides a beautiful malt canvas for the hops to work upon. This beer is perfect for the summer, and could be knocked back all day and night long. As soon as it leaves your mouth you just want more of it. Try this beer for sure, and try it fresh!
On tap at the source
Mostly clear light golden color with a huge bubbly head. Earthy pine with a very slight Belgian yeasty or plastic phenol. Wicked carbonic bite on the tongue. Decent but seems way over carbonated as did the other beer I tried today. VTHopHead (1513) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Sampled that the brewery. Golden in color with a white head. Aroma is mild hops and flavor is nice mix of malt and hop bitterness/flavor... not great, but good. snoworsummer (6273) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours almost clear gold with a thin white head. Tastes like dry pine, hippy. Champagne, grapefruit, grainy flavor. Dry feel. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like resin, musk, and some light sweet fruit. sonnycheeba (6539) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Tap at brewery. Pours clear golden amber with creamy white head. Aroma is grassy and citrus hops, biscuit and bready malts, faint grapefruit, and light toast. Flavor is dry malts forward quickly followed by fresh grassy hop and citrus bitterness with faint sweetness; dry finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation. Reynolds314 (3472) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Draft at BL. Aroma is light pine and grassy herbal hops with some biscuit malts. Taste is light oyster crackers, some citrus, grass, and melon notes. Very dry and chuggable. Could quaff it by the bucket.
SrSilliGose (3324) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2013 Tap at brewpub + growler @ home. Quite citrusy. Grapefruit offered. Orangepeel. Bright. Super hop forward. Crisp. Juicy. Lotta grapefruit. No abrasive bitterness. Lotta reps. ultradrinkable. @ tame. mcox90 (2159) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Taster at the source. Pours gold with a one finger white head. Sharp pine resin scent. Pine resin taste with a bit of citrus. Light malt. Medium bodied with a bitter finish. WillRunForBeer (2797) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Pours golden with a fine white head. Aromas of grass and grapefruit. Flavor follows nose. Malt disappears behing grassy, grapefruit hop bitterness. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2013
growler shared at HF, crushing it guys, this is an amazing pale ale, interesting hop blend ,very unique! jkwood04 (5472) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 8, 2013
750ml growler in a tulip. Pours amber with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of citrusy and resinous hops plus a nice pale maltiness to balance it out. Very dry and hoppy for a pale ale. Average texture. A pretty good pale ale.