BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle acquired via trade with explosivebeer...THANKS BRANDON!!! Bright, almost glowing sunset color with a 1/2 inch vanilla head. Very floral aroma, malty with caramel balancing out the pine. Very fresh/clean flavor...not the hop-bomb that other’s have become but extremely enjoyable. Brandon, thanks for gettin’ this one for me!!! hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle... Clear, textbook-amber ale with a mid-sized, cumulus-like, white head. Excellent retention. The aroma is both floral and earthy and bursting-at-the-seams with fresh, PNW lupulin. Medium-bodied and a touch slick with soft carbonation. More sweet than bitter up front - more bitter than sweet on the backside... earthy, piney. Modestly bitter finish. killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2008
Very tasty beer. Not quite as aromatic as the Pliny I just had, but delicious in its
own right. It’s a refreshing change of pace from some of the super-hoppy IPAs that
seem to be en vogue. This is IPA done right. highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2008
amber color with thin white head. slight aroma of mellow hops and malty balance. nice beer. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2008
2008 version. Pours bronze with a very nice head (though it dissipates fairly quickly). There’s a sweet and salty combination to the nose, almost like kettle corn. Caramel malts dominate, with the fresh hops showing through - but not enough. Either I’ve become far too used to DIPAs, or the fresh hop efforts this year aren’t paying *nearly* enough respect to the hops. They come through more in the flavor, which is also dominated by (great) caramel malts. I’m a little disappointed, but there’s one thing I love about this brew: the aftertaste. There’s this subtle lingering flavor that is *perfect* - a wonderful balance that makes you want to sip more. Bonus flavor points for that. Palate is nice - lively but not overbearing, and clean.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2008
2008 Bottle - Pours lt brown with a decent head, massive lacing...aroma is all hop piney resin and light citrus, flavour is nice and bitter, I love how the fresh hop ales don’t throw in gratuitous malts to overwhelm...nice change, good strong hop brew... sirpsycho (396) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange, off white head. Aroma is subdued citrus hops, touch of malt. Flavor is hops, citrus and pine. Not overpowering, bitterness is very mild. SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 3, 2008
22oz bottle. Orange amber color with a sticky head and some sediment in the last pour. malty aroma for the most part, but a nice citric hop quality blends in the background, despite this being way beyond the age where you would expect the fresh hops to still make an impact. The flavor is a clean, fruity maltiness with a little hop balance. Almost falls on the less hoppy English side after all these months. Nice fruitiness adds character. This is definitely an elegant pale ale. Tastes quite malty and balanced with the time that has elapsed since last fall’s hop harvest, but still quite nice. I’ll definitely be getting some of this fresh when it comes out again. Nik925 (800) - USA - JUN 8, 2008
Dry n crisp. Hop flavor grows during the sip minimal bitterness great flavor. Great red color. A great brewery doing a fresh hop is a recipe for success. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Typical IPA color with nice head. Nose of sweet malt, pine and floral hops...subtle though. Hops are fresh and more floral than on the nose, with rich hop feeling in the middle of the tasting. Finishes somewhat bitter, but in a nice balanced style.