oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 30, 2008
Bottled. Amber colour, mediumsized white head. Aroma is fruity hops, alcohol, sweet malts and mild notes of grass. Flavour is big grassy and flowery hops along with some fruityness carrying it up. Attempt at going for a big IPA, but a bit unbalanced in my opinion. LilBeerDoctor (4193) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a white head that leaves nice, thick lacing. Aroma of pine, floral, grapefruit and other citrus hops. Initial flavor of piney hops with a bitter finish. As the beer warms, sweet caramel malt comes out. Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Tasty beer and pretty easy to drink. Yum! blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2008
bottle poured a caramel amber in color with a thick white frothy two finger head and great retention. there is a fair amount of sediment in the glass. aroma has juicy grapefruit, citrus peels, pine, and sweetness. mouth feel is medium. flavor hits with a hop wallop, citrus galore, and malt as an afterthought. finish is drying with resins and bitters. it’s got some good hop bite, really nice glass of hop juice. tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
Wow that beer is fantastic!! had on tap at coles. color is amber orange, decent foam, nose is all juicy citrus, grapefruit hops even some Pine. Flavor is juicy, big thirst quencher so good. sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2008
(Bottled) Slightly hazy golden with a medium, frothy and lacy head. Very hoppy, but somewhat harsh aroma with some toffeeish hops. Strong grapefruity-piney hops also in the flavor, but the overall harshness is disturbing. Some maltiness backing it up, but not enough. Medium-bodied, very bitter palate with medium carbonation. A quite Severin-like brew with too much cat-pee to be fully enjoyable.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Bottle. Grapefruit! Grapefruit nose, cringingly bitter grapefruit flavor, long-lasting finish/afteraste that feels like a continuous trickle of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice across my tongue and cheeks. Devilishly luscious. caesar (7281) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2008
Bottle in Aarhus. Hazy golden color, loads of debris floating around. Lovely fruity aroma, grapefruit, hop. Very bitter taste, quite dry, almost astringent. Nice stuff. 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 (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2012 My Bottom Line:
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.