madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wet hopped version enjoyed November 5, 2015 on draft in a snifter.
Look - Orange gold. See through. Nice finger of ivory head. Medium bubbles. Great lacing.
Smell - Mango. Grapefruit. Orange. Dank musty hop.
Taste - Nose. Dank mustiness is there but not for long. Finished with bubblegum.
Feel - Drier finish than expected. Medium feel slightly creamier than water. Sits well. Burns tongue with hop.
Overall - I had regular trail head and it was average. Wet hopped trail head is great. This is a very good rating for a regular IPA.
DiarmaidBHK (4431) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Mad Mex Cranberry Township. Pours orange with a thin white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Fairly big wet hop floral notes. Massive hop flavor on the tongue. Itís like I just swallowed a grapefruit and pine cone whole. Finishes clean. Very nice!
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Floral, pine and spruce hops.
Appearance: Clear orange with rich head.
Taste: Medium bitterness with sweetness at the edges.
Palate: Medium body, slick texture, lively carbonation, long finish.
Overall: A very solid, well developed beer. Nothing standout, but nothing disappointing either. Plus, itís for a good cause!
JStax (5761) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft pour into a pint glass. Pours a translucent copper with a fluffy white head of foam with good retention. Aroma has juicy citrus, light grass, and lemon peel. Taste is fruity sweet, while still being Nigel bitter throughout. Dry finish. Light bodied and supremely easy drinking. Very good beer.
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from tap to glass. Orange hue with creamy off white head that lingered. Aroma is tangerine, pine, grapefruit, sugar, orange. Mouthfeel is great with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with a nice hop bitterness through the finish. Overall this is a really enjoyable brew.
superspak (5018) - Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 9/20/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, mango, lemon/orange rind, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, sticky/resinous, and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink, even with the fairly aggressive and resinous bitterness. A very enjoyable offering.
Beerman6686 (6505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one poured a hazy light orange with a white head. Aroma was big tropical and piney hops, definite citra and simcoe here. with no malt getign in the way. Flavor was big fruity hops, light pale malt and wheatyness innthe background. Great Pale Ale
Slats (7) - Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Review from a growler fill I got back in mid Winter. Itís a clear amber color that pours with approximately two fingers of pure white head. The fresh hopping with whole flower Citra and Simcoe hops gives it a big nose of fresh green hops. Like other great examples of style the hop aroma is grassy, reminiscent of hemp, with notes of pine. The fresh green hops come through big time in the taste as well, itís really what this beer is all about. The malts donít really register on my taste buds, nor is there much bitterness, other than a slight lingering bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is relatively light and easy drinking. No oily mouthfeel like you get with some IPAs and DIPAs.
Overall this beer does just one thingófresh hopsóbut it does that thing very well. Although I canít do a side by side comparison I think it would hold its own pretty well against Founderís Harvest Ale, which is the standard against which I judge fresh/wet hopped beers.
Ed5388 (3264) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can given to me from JohnGonk. Pours a clear amber color with a thick frothy off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, oranges, pineapple, grapefruit zest, and pine. Taste is refreshing and hoppy. Lots of grapefruit and pine up front, followed by citrus zest, resin, pine, and caramel malt. Solid
vtafro (7034) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Orange pour with tan head. Light citrus, grassy hop flavors. Aromas are similar. Nice pale ale, could drink this all day.