RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.43/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Made with fresh Nelson Sauvin hops from new Zealand, this beer is punchy, bright and very unique

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rosenbergh (11809) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2011
Draught at the Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY.
Hazy yellow golden colour with small white head. Malty grainy aroma with citrusy hops and mild bitterness. Flavour is grainy malty and dry hoppy. Bitter fruity aftertaste. Not bad.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Tap at Graziellie’s. Pours is dirty, clear blonde, sickly urine color with a rocky, medium thickness white head. Sheety lace. Fairly dank fruity hop nose. Odd characters come out like jackfruit and tropical melons- maybe not super fresh and bright but certainly there is some Nelson Sauvin character. Taste is super bitter: big pine, melon rinds, massive sweet melons, something odd and meaty like durian. Very dry and almost buttery to near chalky on the palate. Bitter melon rinds. Coating mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation. As I drink this more I simply do not like it. The palate is just so soapy, buttery, coating, and harsh with carbonation. The hops are adding astringency and not really much fresh fruit and balance.

blipp (9696) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 8, 2010
Draft. Pours orange with a white head. Resinous hoppy aroma with some fruity citric notes and sweet malts. Hoppy flavor, floral and fruity citric notes, with some light malty sweetness. Solid bitter finish.

JoeMcPhee (9553) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Hazy golden pour. Thick, pillowy sticky head. The nose is quite piny and resinous with a touch of light citrus. Very bright sticky hop nose. Tooth-coating hop oils and a nice sticky hop character. Really quite fresh. The malts are definitely here but they don’t really interfere with the hops at all. As it warms up the hops fade a little bit leaving a more juicy orange-citrus from behind the bright pine resin. Nice, solid well-crafted IPA

jredmond (8660) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Draft at RnH with Linh. Pours an amber body with light white lacing. Aroma is citrus and hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat astringent with bitter notes of citrus, hops, and some artificial cleaner.

mansquito (6914) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Saloon (?) tap ($6): Pours an amber color with white head. Pine, pine, and more pine. Taste is similar to aroma. Got the pine and citrus, with minimal malts. Reminds me of Greenpoint’s Heartland Indiana Pale Ale, which I tried once. One would think they are the same beer although they apparently have different alcohol levels. In any case, not my thing, just too piny and tastes like medicine or something like that.

ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2015
Draught at Sweet Grass Grill, 12/27/15
Looks a lot like the pint pictured. Especially the haziness and lack of head.
It was interesting to try this after having the Shuggie Soulbender, since they are both NSauvin-hopped IPAs around the same abv and from the same region.
This one fared much worse, however, having far less aromatics and being bogged down in the flavor by too much bitterness and some sugary, underfermented malt notes. Had to choke down the last third of the beer, as it’s just too unbalanced and quite monotonous in the flavor; lime zest, bitter orange and apple-like bittersweetness.

ben4321 (6739) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
Location: On tap at RnH, 3/22/10

Aroma: The aroma is lots of pine/resin, with a nice hop feel
Appearance: Pours an orange color with a white head
Flavor: Taste is resiny as well, mild sweetness, medium bitter
Palate: It has a nice mouthfeel and a medium body
Overall Impression: Overall, this beer is pretty nice. This is my first Kelso beer, though I have had a bunch of the Heartland stuff, and I now see they are related through Greenpoint. Anyway, I liked this beer, a very solid IPA.

Jow (4091) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2010
On tap somewhere I don’t feel like disclosing. Pours a hazy gold, with lots of pine and citrus. nice medium body and really interesting hop character. pretty nice indeed.

PotjeBier (3735) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2017
12 oz. can. Clear golden earring. Uneven white head. Aroma’s: tropical fruity, light sweetness/malt. Retronasal it’s a bit earthy, fruity. Flavor is rather bitter, light caramel. Medium bodied. Earthy bitter finish. OK, but a bit one dimensional. And this was a reasonably fresh can.

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