tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2006
Buckets of butterscotch, caramel, popcorn in the nose. Opaque tan coloured body is topped by a low white fine bubbled head. Butterscotch is apparent also in the flavour but much more subdued than in the nose. Floral and grassy hop tones and a very assertive bitterness round it out. Medium body with surprisingly lively carbonation. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Rastacouere and Siroy. Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2006
[ Bottled ; chilled ; dates are unknown ] hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2006
A mostly lasting thin fizzy white ring tops up a clear medium orange body. Moderate lacing. No particles. No bubbles. Aroma presents malt being light caramel while hops are moderate floral. Yeast character is moderate fruitiness. Also, there are evident evocations of popcorn butter/butterscotch. Flavor is lighty bitter with low complexity. Finish is medium . Light to medium body... watery texture... Soft carbonation...
12oz bottle acquired in trade with Larry Pitonka (thanks!). Poured a mediu and lighlty hazy orange color with a small sized white head. Aroma of buttered popcorn with maybe some caramel. Tastes of lighter butter, caramel, and pine and citrus. I couldn’t get past the nasty aroma. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with an average off white head. Aroma was sweet buttered popcorn, caramel and the hops were burried. Lightly bitter hops and pine in the flavor and not a whole lot else. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
Hazy dulled golden, white head with light lacing recedes to a film. Saucy butterscotch disturbs the otherwise highly floral, rather one-dimensional nose. Cheesy, floral, kinda aromatic, but most of all very very bitter palate bearing interesting woody spiciness, but ultimately lacking in malt for me to take it too seriously. Light-medium bodied, Okay carbonation cleans a bit the oily mess from the diacetyl. Certainly no challenge to their bottleworks version.
MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
Any first impressions? BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
-A ring of head circles the orangey sunshine.
-Caramel maltiness and citrusy aromatic hoppiness clash, encouraged by the pushy diacetyl.
-Orange juice fruitiness and resinous hop flavors assert themselves fully.
-An athletic mouthfeel serves its drinkability purposes.
What if you dig deeper?
-The leafy, wooden hoppiness leads to a portentous bitterness.
-Thankfully, diacetyl doesn’t affect the flavor profile much.
-End dryness evolves from the bitterness.
-This is an intense IPA folks, yet it is that diacetyl which brands the most.
Bottle; no date.
Deep amber colour with a small head. Had a lot of the citrus hops in the aroma wiht a nice malty backbone. Nice bitter finish. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Bottle courtesy of my folks’ recent trip to Seattle. Pours a cloudy copper with a quickly fading white head. Aroma is surprisingly subdued, only a touch of floral hops. Flavor has heavy notes up front of grapefruit rind and citrus then gives way to pale malt, pine and some diacetyl on the back end. Bitter finish. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. No lacing or head retention. Drinkable but overall, disappointing. RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
An abundantly strong smell of hops infused with hints of grapefruit combine in the aroma. A bronze color supports a healthy head. Grapefruit can defiantly be distinguished in the hoppy flavor. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Pours a murky golden color, small white head, a little lacing around the edges. Aroma is dusty, grapefruit and lemon. Flavor is hoppy, resinous hops, grapefruit, not bad, but I much prefer the dry hopped version!