madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2004
Bottled: Man, this is surreal. The beer simply exploded out of the bottle. Not all was lost but what a shame, for this is one hell of a beer. Thanks Bück Dich for sending this to litlle Denmark. Send more, please ;-)hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Orange coloured. Unclear wiht chunks of hop leaves swimming around. Has a beige dense head. The beer is very, very, very hoppy. Has some herbal and fruity tones. Is dry and very bitter in the end. This is a treat.
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 Bottle (a big-time gusher)... This beer rocks!... What a very cool and terrific beer! Murky, amber ale with a small, fizzy, white head (lots of hops floating within the fizz). No lacing to speak of, other than the hops sticking to the side of the glass. The nose is of pine sap, orange blossom honey, grapefruit and rye bread. The flavor is fairly malty and full-bodied, but the hops balance things out nicely and add a nice bitter bite. I like chewing on the hop husks. My sole source of fiber for today. Crazy, dry, fizzy mouthfeel with lively carbonation and plenty to chew on. Lengthy, bitter finish. A terrific, world-class brew! The hop bud in the bottle is a great and flavorful gimmick. "Dry-hopping in a bottle." Very nice! Thanks to CaptainCougar for this world class bottle of beer!! kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2004
Name: India Pale Ale (Bottleworks)
Date: July 06, 2005
Appearance: opaque orange, big off white head, chunks of whole hops floating on top
Aroma: fresh hop aroma with a touch of sweetness
Flavor: big bitter hop flavor, picks up some sweetness in and a malt backbone after the hops are strained out, bitter finish lasts forever
Overall: too much gimmic, the extra long dry hopping makes it too bitter
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 2/10; Palate: 2/10; Overall: 5/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Pristine hop leaves glistening under the mother sun, scintillating orange juice drops hanging from their plunging tips...Superb peppery pines grow proudly, ever-reaching with their tight, driven body...Subdued earthiness watches the natural spectacle from below and cannot help but participate with its humid dew... 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2015 This IPA has a fresh, robust cascade hop aroma, like when you stick your nose into the hop bag. Sweet lemon, big pine, very mellow and while it used to be smooth on the tongue, the recent batches are more acidic. Missing the juicy, smooth finish of the early batch(es), so some points get lost. Still, for an IPA that smells like a fresh hop garden, it’s killer.
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2009
12-oz. Wow, wow, wow, thanks BillKismet! Can’t hardly believe I get to try this. Murky dark orangeish amber. Towering gushy head. Huge herbal, slightly buttery/spicy nose. Creamy medium body. Beautiful floral fruity hop with doughy malt on the mid-palate. Awesome, awesome beer, magnified all the further by thinking we’d never get our hands on any. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 16, 2004
bottle at perkeo’s gathering. very nice of pdee to bring this back from seattle. murky orange. plenty of pine and lychee aroma. not as sweet as expected, a little grapefruity, some pleasant grassiness in the finish which i assume is a result of the bottlehopping. a shame my spare bottle of this was confiscated as i boarded a bus in washington dc. dang Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2004
RBSB Portland 2004. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber, large pieces of hop flowers. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), heavily hoppy (resin). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. Yikes, no room for subtlety here. One-dimensional, like a fruit bomb in the wine world, it’s fine for a laugh with friends, but it cannot compete with serious renditions of the style. An overrated novelty IMHO...cute but disturbing. blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry -- courtesy of ross. Pours a hazy yellow-gold with lots of hop buds, leaves and chunks and an average size lasting white head. Aroma and flavour are a big medley of fresh hops -- of course! We didn’t strain it so drinking it was a bit of a challenge but that just made it more interesting, how often do you get to spit out hops buds? Medium bodied. For all the hops in this I did not find it overly hoppy at all, it was just right for this hophead, great stuff! CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 This gushed when I first opened it, just long enough to propel the main hop cone out of the bottle. The rest poured a clear copper pool with the remaining hop petals swimming for joy. The intense hop aroma smacked me around a bit before landing me on a bed of Cascade hops. Some caramel malt tried to challenge the hop force and lost. The body starts toffee sweet with some floral hoppiness, before turning more bitter and dry toward the finish. Lots of piney hop resin and a good, sweet, lightly syrupy malt balance. It was definitely interesting literally picking hop petals out of my teeth while drinking this brew, but it sure didn’t hurt the flavor. One of the most unique and flavorful beers I’ve had. Thanks to drismyhero for giving me the opportunity to try this gem!
I’ve had this a few times since the first rating and although I’ve run across bottles that did not have carbonation issues, most do. It doesn’t seem to affect the quality of the beer though, plus it leaves a nice rocky white head speckled with green hop leaves behind. Always enjoyble and a novel idea.