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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is the ultimate seasonal fresh hop ale; brewed with Cascade and Williamette hops added to the kettle mere minutes after picking from a secret hop patch in Stillwater. Enjoy this unique brew only available once a year!

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deyholla (12439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2016
On tap at Red Cow North Loop. Pours a clear gold with an amber hue that dissipates to the edges slowly and laces. Aroma has a combination of earthy citrus and grass with a slightly earthy grain backbone. Flavor has earthy citrus, hay and a nib of grass backing.

3.1
BVery (11390) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 TAP: amber pour, off white head. Pine hop aroma with citrus, taste is pine hop, citrus, and spice. Fairly carbonated. Decent pale ale.

3.3
JK (6330) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2011
It was very dark in Moto I when I tried this, but it appeared to be an orange colored beer, somewhat hazy but not opaque. Light pine and herbal notes in the aroma. Flavor has more intense hop character than the aroma, but it is also very smooth, with good hop flavor but no hop burn. Not very sweet, which was nice. A solid session pale ale.

3.3
Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2009
On draught at Stub & Herb’s in Minneapolis, MN. Pours a semi-clear golden amber brew with an average off-white head that slowly dissipates to a fine film top and some spotty lacing. Aroma of lemon zest, some light pine, caramel malt, and a touch of herbs. Taste is medium bodied, overly-carbonated with flavors of floral and piney hops, some caramel malt, a hint of lemon and some light spice. Finish has a sharp bitterness bite with some metallic character that lingers after the finish. I would cut back on the carbonation in the next batch.

4
Nuffield (4202) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2013
This may be an APA but when I had it in a restaurant I thought it was an Double IPA. It isn’t that strong in alcohol but it has a combination of rich palate and complex hops. The aroma is brightly citrus and the flavor is more well-rounded perfumey, but there isn’t any kind of hop bitterness; it ends more sweet with a great deal of body. Really drinkable and an excellent companion to my food. (on tap at Ngon, St. Paul)

3
northropfrye (3712) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
A hoppier Octoberfest is basically what this is. Not bad. Interesting idea. Good enough to try once.

3.2
Bacterial (3060) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Draft at Stub & Herb’s. Amber pour with a white head. Nice floral nose, hoppy but average . A bit sweet.

3.3
islay (3036) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2015 Original rating from 10-12-14: 10 oz. pour, on tap at the brewery’s taproom in Stillwater, Minnesota. Consumed on 10-7-14. Pours a bright, clear copper / amber with a small to moderate amount of taupe / beige head. Produces good lacing. Looks good. Dry, fresh, piney, mineral-y, hops-dominated aroma. Good but subtle smell. Fresh, mineral-y, piney taste features a caramel flavor. Basic, biscuit / cracker malt backbone. Light to medium body. Lively in the palate. Refreshing. Decent, but there’s not much to it. Likable hops presence. Looks good and good palate effects, but it’s too subtle, and there’s not much else there. 7/4/6/3/13=>3.3. Revised rating from 10-18-15: Approximately 2 oz. pour at the 2015 Harvest Beer Festival, consumed on 10-17-15. Citric aroma. Pours a clear, dark gold. Simple, decent flavor. Overall, okay. 7/3/6/3/12=>3.1. Normally I blend ratings in a situation like this and would do a composite of 7/3/6/3/13=>3.2. In this case, however, I will stick to the rating from the original, larger pour.

3
cards04 (2931) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
Pours orange with aromas of citrus and dank. Malty flavors with some citrus hop. Not bad.

3.3
piscator34 (2663) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
Draft sample. Orange in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas are of caramel malt, flamed orange peel, mint, and a bit of earth. Flavors are of more orange and earth, quack grass, and fat-ish pale malt. Medium bodied with moderate bitterness. Fairly drinkable stuff, but quite subdude for a fresh hopped APA.


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