nearbeer (5559) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2013
650 ml. Clear copper with a creamy quarter inch of foam. Nose is earthy leaf, toffee and light orange. Taste is sweet: toasted grain and orange toffee. Bitter resin and green herb finally comes in the way aftertaste. Medium body is smooth with the light carbonation that I like, and the 9% is well-disguised, but this one is just too sweet. My experience with "fresh hop" beers continues to be disappointing. Reaffirms my belief in the time-tested Belgian wisdom of using older and drier hops. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
On tap, at Hopnosis 2012. Clear yellow orange color. Good thin off-white head, leaves thick lace. Smooth, lighter carbonation, bigger body. Kind of a caramel malty aroma. Mild spicy, light piney hops. Bitter taste. My friend said she liked it, but personally for me it was kind of disappointing PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Proof Bottle Shop - 650 ml bomber (not 22 oz?). Medium-dark copper pour, sticky medium-thick white head with thick lacing. Aroma is nice and fresh and full of spruce goodness and some floral notes. Flavor is full bodied, but not overbearing. Some requisite grapefruit bitterness, a bit of juicy fruit gum. some nectarine sweetness, a touch of maple syrup. Thickish mouthfeel with a tart aftertaste. Pretty decent. RSRIZZO (2020) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2012
22oz bottle poured into a Shaker at 40°. Color is a bright golden amber with good carbonation and a fluffy head. Aroma is a sweet fruity hop scent that has a big pineapple note. It has a medium body with a very smooth mouth feel. Flavor is fruity, with the pineapple from the aroma showing, some pear and a bit of citrus then a mellow bitterness. After taste is dry with a wisp of the fruit lingering on. Overall its a very unique brew with bold fruit flavors. onceblind (10320) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Clear brilliant golden with a small foamy laceful white head. Odd aroma...really odd. When you’re drinking a fresh hop beer you’re not expecting to smell fried chicken and potatoes. But that’s what I got. Not a bad aroma, just unexpected and...weird. The flavor was much more beery. Smooth grainy caramel tones mix with fresh floral leafy hops and piney bitterness, creating a balanced and eccentric brew, with strong but tempered bitterness and a lasting hoppy finish.
Suttree (6484) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Not horrible, but sort of one dimensional. I was thinking maybe some floral notes or something like that, given you words "wet hop" on the label, but wasn’t. Sweeter than I expected, as well. cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2012
In my "hop head phase" of approximately 7 years ago, I’d probably rate this a good half point or more higher. 4.3, 4.4 even, maybe. I hope this brewery realizes that its destiny is to brew a Wet Hop Imperial IPA with an ultra-syrupy sticky gooey finish. How about this for an idea: Hop Cum IPA (spit or swallow?).
Beaver (1828) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2012
So, yeah. Hop Cum.
22 oz bottle. Pours clear copper orange with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2012
The aroma is sweet doughy and biscuity crystal malts and bubble gum with a little grassy hop presence.
The flavor is sweet doughy biscuity malts and some mint with some grassy hops that give decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, I didn’t really care for this - too malt forward and sweet and biscuity.
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburs Foco. Pours a clear, dark orange appearance with a light brown head with medium retention. Toasty caramel malty, fairly spicy, herbal, orange citrusy, grassy aroma. Quite strong and a bit boozy. Fairly bitter, grapefruity, spicy/herbal hoppy, light toffee, caramel flavor with a slight metallic note. Aroma seemed alright but the nice flavors in the beer really seem to be dominated overly strong malty and boozy notes. Just seems a bit overdone. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2012
The pour is a clear, deep gold color with a moderately full, white, creamy head which is mostly lasting and leaves drippy lace rings. The nose is pleasant with floral all over, resinous pine underneath, some tropical fruit (pineapple), white grapefruit, and a slight buttery malt base. The flavor is still quite nice with the same buttery malt base, a moderate high grassy/resinous bitterness, still some grapefruit, more tropical fruit of pineapple and papaya, and a bit of peppery warmth. The palate is medium to full, less than lively, creamy, and slightly drying. The finish is drying slightly, peppery, resinous, still buttery, and tropical fruit. Probably the best of the incredible hop series. The bitterness was nice, the tropical fruit notes were a nice addition, and the subtle complexities all came together nicely. I was surprised at how much I liked these local hops, I have not had great luck with Colorado hops in the past. A great beer for this brewery.