Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle via trade with brokephibroke. Hazy medium orange body, thin clumping cream head with significant lacing. Nose of floral and citrusy hops, caky yeast, breast malts, and hints of alcohol. Dense body, lots of citrus and pine with robust bitterness and a yeasty, toasty body with hints of alcohol. Slightly oxidized. Nice. Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pours golden orange with a decent white head. The aroma is light candy and a bit earthy hop notes. The flavor of a clear, spicy, smooth light bodied IPA goes down cleanly on the palate with no bite at all. keepersj12 (3137) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a clear amber with a lacing white head. The aroma is loaded with pine, grapefruit and pepper over a nice amount of bread and a little caramel. The flavor has the sweet base but is mostly bitter hops. Decent. Beese (3084) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2014
Gravity at GBBF 2014. Poured a hazy golden colour, with a dense white head. Aroma of apricot, tangerine and caramel. Citrus and grapefruit hops in the flavour, with some mango sweetness. Finish was honey, raisins and grain. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 20, 2012
On tap 5 oz sampler at Marble Brewery in Albuquerque, NM.
Clear, amber with off-white head and very good lacing.
Aroma of citrus, pine, pineapple and malt.
Taste of pine, citrus, grapefruit and malt.
Medium/full body and high/medium carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Niko100 (2984) - Chicago, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Hazy amber/gold color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of floral hops, citrus, & tropical fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, mango/pineapple, pine hops, citrus, and some spice; Finish is dry and slightly bitter; Nicely balanced; Quite decent. jcr (2726) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Draft at Santa Fe taproom. Hazy golden body. Fizzy white head, rapidly diminishing. Aroma of resin, grapefruit, citrus and grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately to heavily bitter. Long bitter finish. Medium to full body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation. Too bad the bitterness masks whatever else might be in this beer. So not near as flavorful as DIPAs like Dreadnaught. Actually liked Marble’s IPA better. Slipstream (2678) - USA - MAY 9, 2015
Draft at Saboroso. A very impressive, fresh tasting IPA. Lots of green hops, clean and slightly vegetal, some malty sweetness. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Draft at the Marble Sante Fe tap room. Bright orange color with white head. Light orange citrus and hop aroma. Mildly malted body with a bitter finish. OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Botte in Santa Fe.
I like the happy discoveries one makes when sampling new beers from new regions. Somehow the fun is enough in the exploration that a 90-th percentile gem makes up for slogging through a half-dozen beers in the lower half of the distribution.
This is the gem that has made worthwhile my otherwise disappointing exploratory efforts this week in Santa Fe. It’s not a world beater --- the Sculpin and the BigEye PA that I had last week in Santa Barbara are better --- but it’s darn good and markedly better than the average new experiment on the Seattle grocery shelves. So I’m delighted, here in my hotel room, to marvel at the over-the-top (in a good way) candied grapefruit aroma of this beer. I’m enjoying the juicy tropical flavors, the well-rounded bitter finish, the laid back malts, the thinner-than-8% mouthfeel, and doggone it, the 22 oz are gone long before I’m ready to say farewell.