HoppyScallywag (339) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2015 cladinshadows (49) - USA - OCT 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. In the glass this beer appears very pale gold/dark straw with brilliant white head. The aroma is mainly doughy, sweet malt with a hint of hops that I can’t be sure I’m not just imagining because I know this is a fresh hop beer. Flavor is mainly very sweet malt (almost pilsner-like) and the fresh hop flavor finally comes in subtly at the finish as a grassy, resinous spice. Mouth feel is medium, and might be more appropriate if this beer had more substantial bitterness. Instead it enhances the overall sweet, malty (and, sadly, one dimensional) impression. Maybe Deschutes was expecting more bitterness from their first crop of heirloom Cascade, but this beer is not working as an IPA, and lacks the hop emphasis needed for a good fresh hop beer.
This is pretty good on the initial taste but settles on the palate in an annoying way. It's like the cascades bitter too much.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone slowrunner77 (12136) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
Mellow IPA in color and feel, but the flavor and aroma are just so hopaliciosly pleasant. Although 7.4%, it does give the impression of being more pale ale than IPA. Not aggressive in any way, but the late additions of fresh hops make it fruity and grassy without being as bitter as is the norm. Seriously sessionable and very good. The one thing that pissed us off is that we just got this beer in Reno yesterday...half way from the bottling date to the expiration date...and it’s a bleeping fresh hop beer. Would have been great 6 weeks ago."
brewcrew2002 (89) - USA - DEC 29, 2013
Not a bad beer. Had this one with a friend at Reds Ale House! A very nice IPA, with a smooth Drinkable finish. harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
Best by 27DEC12
Pours golden on pilsner straw with a solid sheet of fine whites. Smells fruity with some resin, grass and green grape. Flavor is grainy and nearly like a pilsner with a dry stony bitterness and only a bit of resin character. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a slick finish. This would be a great beer if marketed as a bohemian pilsner, but IPA, not a chance.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2012 vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Draft. Golden pour with white head. Aroma is light crisp hop and into of malt. Flavor is comparable to prima pils or sunshine pils, nice light but not overbearing.
DocLock (10721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Draft at Capone’s. Pours turbid canary gold with 2-finger white head. Nose is fresh wet hops, pale malt, citrus. Tastes resiny hoppy, with a lot of pineapple and grapefruit flavor, an overall dryness, and some finishing white peppery spice notes. Very good. Storm_Shadow (122) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
Tap. Pours clear gold with a small white head. I found something in the aroma strange. Perhaps a bit grassy ? Finishes hoppy and malty. stantheman (1074) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2013
On tap at St Augustine’s on The Drive in Vancouver. A very pale, crisp and refreshing IPA. Not particularly seasonal for late October, but a damn nice easy-drinking IPA anyhow. 3.5 commonshawn (1266) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2013
Tap. Clear gold. Little aroma with maybe a little sweetness. Great lacing. Some initial hoppiness, then a bit of a clean malty sweetness. Very crisp. Well done. beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Pours a pale golden color with white head. Citrus, pine, honey, floral, hop and malt aroma. Citrus, floral, honey and pine flavors. Medium light body and a floral finish.