boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Was eager to try this after I learned it was awarded with best IPA at the first National IPA Championship. Bottle... poured gorgeous, unfiltered orange and a white head. Sharp hops with fruits like citrus and peaches on the nose. Foamy palate that clings to the tongue. Pretty much like liquid hops, with an attacking alcohol presence that’s kept in control by the grassy spices and pine and wood flavors. It’s not the best IPA that I have enjoyed, but top notch. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
Big ups to Hogtownharry for providing me with this Gem! Thanks man! Bottle pours a deep and transparent coper with a duvel style rocky white cap that does not want to go away. Nice sticky lace left behind as well. The nose is assaulted with pine and grapefruit, cookie dough and lemon, grass and floral notes. These all come together and blend well to create a fantastic aroma. The taste is big bitter piney hops with lemon and grapefruit, toffee and caramel malts, alongside a blast of floral goodness. Dry, chewy, lots of resin, and tasty as heck. Dangerously drinkable at 7%. Wow, thanks for this one Harry! MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 My Bottom Line:nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 20, 2008
A bountiful bouquet of pine and flower petals is supported by soft biscuity cereals until green, resinous hop bitterness effortlessly elevates this West Coast IPA to the style’s quintessence.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-Fluffy foam decorates the lightly hazy amber.
-The finishing bitterness is not overwhelming, just perfectly levelled with the rest of the hop presence.
-The body is healthy and eminently drinkable.
-Sandy hop connotations appear as well (from the Simcoe?).
Bottle and on tap at Spitzer’s Corner, NYC.
on tap. Copper color. Min white head. Pine citrus nosy. Hops, hops, and more hops . Mild malt. Bitter finish. Classic IPA! hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Pours a hazy hold with a frothy white head that leaves huge amounts of lacing. The aroma is citrus and pine to the core. It’s so fresh and sweet though. Really enjoyable aroma. The flavor is a bit unbalanced though. There definitely aren’t enough malts to cover up a really long brutal bitter finish. With the exception of the overcompensation of hops in flavor, this beer is impeccable.
Oscbert (1346) - Lincoln, California, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Sampled at West Coast Brew Fest ’08
~Pours a light golden colour with diminishing head.
~ Nice strong hoppy scent.
~Hoppy grassy flavor, mild sweetness.
~ i really enjoyed this brew mmmbeer (1434) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2008
12 oz.bottle in trade from stoutlover72. Into the shaker it went- poured slightly turbid dark orange, very nice white head - one finger to the end- slowly bubbled away, medium lacing. Low carbonation, aroma of earth, pine, and floral hops. HIts the mouth with a medium body, malt is very detectable throughout the swallow, hops come in the middle and last well past the swallow, finish has an enjoyable acidity to it. Very well balanced and very enjoyable. DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Pours a beautiful honey amber with a tall, foamy, off-white head. Fantastic hop aroma, both a citrus and a very floral sweet pine. Nice flowery, honey malt flavor at first. Extremely smooth body, with a mild onset to the powerful hop finish. Not overly bitter, but by no means week. sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
12oz bottle purchased from Bauer Wines in Boston. $14 for a 6-pack - damn hop shortage. Pours a clear medium gold. Divine strong hoppy aroma. Flavour is exactly what you’d expect - in a good way. Strong, warming, hoppy and bitter. More please, thank you, yum yum.
petermadsen (390) - Vesterbronxxx, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2008
A light amber beer with an aroma of... hops!
Quite intensely hopped making it hard to taste the malt as more than an underlying sweetness.
Not very wellbalanced, but still delicious. After all the talk about rising hop prices, this beer fell really luxurious!