nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 Bottle. Pours a hazy orange red, light yellowed tan head that dissipates to the sides and leaves a thin film on top. Aroma is strong but not overly pungent, will good amounts of citrus and pine hops, both brought down a bit to almost an earthy yet bright almost juicy presence...some lemon zest, light brown sugar and caramel can be detected as well. The flavor starts out kind of bittersweet: toasty caramel malt dancing around with grapefruit and lemon peel a tinge of apricot...which comes to a halt mid-way with a wave of aggressively bitter pine/grass earthy/spicy hops wallop the tongue with a resinous bitterness that sticks and resonates throughout the finish. Sturdy medium body, sweet with a light bitterness in front and bitter with a tinge of sweetness in the back...fruity/spicy elements woven throughout. For a Midwest IIPA this is one of the better ones I have had. It gets even better as it warms...the sweeter elements come out a bit only to subdue the bitterness a bit while the bright spots get brighter and the tropical fruit elements seems to peek out a bit more as well. Good Midwest IIPA? Hell, this is as good or better than some of the West coast hop-bombs I’ve had. Excellent stuff. No other beer has quenched my thirst for hops like a fresh one of these. Perhaps if I lived on the west coast the case would be different, until then this is my top IIPA. RoJoNo (28) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Tap at Mad Mex 9/28/07 -- Intoxicating aroma; grabs your tongue and doesn’t let go. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Quite simply one of the best IPAs I’ve ever had. Pours a dark cloudy amber with an amber/beige head. The aroma is dominated by the hops providing a scent of pure bitter earthiness. Also, there is a very slight citrus aroma that is very hard to detect because of all of the hops. This beer is extremely bitter but is balanced out nicely with a nice amount of sweet citrus flavor. This is a hop head wet dream 165 IBUs. What?! jaimemontano (4) - New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2015 does not count
An amazing beer. Strong, balanced hops, nice color, a perfect American IPA. randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2010
22oz bottle.First...this might be the best beer I’ve ever tasted.Pours a dark orange cloudy color with a soapy off white head.Nose is SPECTACULAR with hops ,hops and more hops of all kinds.Taste is an adventure of bitter,sweet,earthy,citrus and piney hops with malty creaminess to make it all work!The balance of flavors is superb.The things that stand out the most with this beer is the aroma,balance and drinkablity.This might be THE FINEST IPA and BEER in the world.Wow and Wow.
Cybercat (5737) - Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Strong aroma is richly hoppy and evergreen with a firm undertone of grapefruit. It pours a beautiful clear copper with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent head. Richly hoppy flavor has a hint of grapefruit and is only a teensy bit bitter - in fact, there is a whisper of honey sweetness. Texture is lively and fizzy, fairly dancing in the mouth and leaving the lips a-tingle. A must for IPA lovers. Festus69 (18) - - NOV 24, 2012
If you have the cash to make this happen just do it man!! This is a wonderful double IPA. It is hoppy and not bitter, very smooth going down not too heavy. HF is in the same class as Sixpoint Resin and Stone’s IPA’s so it is top notch baby! RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Very surprised by the quality here. Pour was very dark red and looked beautiful. Aroma was unique for an IPA with clover, grass, and grapefruit; delicious. Flavor doesn’t disappoint with a strong hit of hops, citrus and grass. Very bitter/tart aftertaste but a tingle you keep coming back for more of... Excellent beer. gameface23 (131) - Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours a sediment filled copper color with an off-white head. When cold, the nose is off apricots and citrus, but warms up to give off hints of smell caramel. Extremely well balanced without any notice of a bitter aftertaste. Tastes of caramelized apricots. Medium bodied. tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle at the Local pub, Halandri.
Aroma: Syrupy, exotic fruit, citusy and resinous nose. Grassy hops. Ecxellent.
Mouthfeel: Big and sticky. Mild carbonation.
Taste: Intensely bitter. Orange peel and grapefruit is the first thing I perceive. Tons of malt and hops. Warm alcohol presence.
Finish: Very bitter and herbal over a layer of sweetness.
Overall: A landmark example of double IPA.