beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
Medium orange color. Large head. Aroma is very floral hops. This beer is most definitely worth straining all the hops otaa the bottle. Kudus to Portland drunk for sharing this small monster beer with me, and having the foresight to bring a strainer with him! A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are spicy and floral. Very smooth. Well balanced. The hops are amazingly pronounced in this beer, but they are not bitter at all, mellow and very round. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2003
I was a little skeptical of this at first, but one sniff and one sip was all it took, this is a very special beer! Strain it and you'll get everything that's good about the hop cone with out the absurd bitterness that some brewies assume is what makes for a good IPA...a classic! Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2003
This beer captures every element of the hop flower, and puts it to your taste buds. Great hop profile, although still mellow and not in any way too bitter or offensive. Great body for such a good IPA. Who cares if you must strain the hops for a taste this big? A great beer made from a great idea. Thanks Matt (billkismet)!! drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2004 This was a bit of a shocker, but not a sensory shock because the IBUs seem rather low here actually. The reason this is so surprising is because there seem to be more changes from the original IPA than just the dry-hopping. This was much rounder, very nicely balanced between the malt and hops and a perfect palate IPA. It's possible that the hopping process was altered alltogether and the dryhopping is actually simply less bitter than the regular method, or perhaps the brewery added a ton of malt to balance it out. Either way, this is a nicely refined brew that sets itself apart from other IPAs with a HUGE aroma and full/palatable taste. mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2003
In case you haven't already read it, actual hop flowers floating around in this one, so get the strainer unless you like chewing hops. For a hop-head, an amazing experience. If you can't taste the hops in this one, you don't have any taste buds. I loved this beer (especially after straining it), but it's hard to give it good ratings in appearance and palate with the hop flowers floating around.
HH (166) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2003
This is a great brew, Run it through a strainer first to sift out the hops. I can't add much to what has already been said. I still have a sixer left :-) baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Hop flowers floating about in the drink. Difficult to drink without eating some of these things. Great hop aroma (grapefruit, resin, fresh hops). I had an interesting time consuming this one. JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 This is a hop head must! My bottle gushed, the first thing out of the bottle was two huge buds of hops. After it settled the aroma of hops were everywhere. It was a dream. The beer's taste is a mix of bitterness and sweetness, more of the bitterness than the sweetness. Bitterness on the finish. Boy I enjoyed this one! hopfiend (17) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2002
This amazing blend of art and beer works wonders on the senses. I could not overstate the pleasing aroma that is accentuated by the sight of lovely, beautiful actual hops in the bottle. (You probably won't want to eat them like I nearly did...) I was able to procure a bottle of this beer at a small bar on capitol hill, just off Denny. I don't think they carry it regularly. kyzr (1607) - Montana, USA - OCT 24, 2002
I picked this up on the advice of a Bottleworks employee. It was kind of hid over in their corner. Am I glad that I had the chance to taste little gem that is sold only at Bottleworks. 1st, I strained off the hops, while pouring it out of the bottle, it just exploted. Huge hops all over the place! Great thick color with wonderful malt flavor to start. The finish is nothing but hops, hops & hops. Pick it up if you see it. A must for any HOP HEAD!