bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
The colour is gold with a hint of red. The medium-thick foam is white.
The smell is first sweet, then, an aggressive herd of hops attacks my nose. When I recovered, I could also trace the smell of sour yeast. But mostly hops, yes.
I taste like… Tulips! There are lots (no, really. Lots!) of strong hops in the palette, some sweetness and touches of fruits, Seville oranges some elder flowers.
The aftertaste is long lasting with a nice bitter tone, but also some citrus and honey.
This might be one of the most hops-infused brews that I have ever tasted. But the craftsmen at New Holland Brewery succeeded in avoiding it to be just another all-hops-experience.
Great stuff. atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Very clear golden orange color with an average tan head. A very plesant bitter aroma with grapefruit, pine, and a slight floral hop presence. Some mild ballencing malt aroma underneath. Great bitterness from the start. It’s has a sweet hoppiness at first that then turns into a sharpy spicey bitterness. Finishes quite bitter on the toung. omhper (25378) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2004
Bottled. Hazy orange colour, large head. Rich sweet grapefruit, hay and melon aroma. Sweetish and clean. Less bitter than expected after the hoppy nose. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
(sampled bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival) Clear amber, small white head. Surprisngly soft hop aroma of grapefruit, orange peels and herbs. Soft grapefruity flavour, hints of herbs, lemon and erath. Mellow grapefruity hops with hints of wood in the finish. invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2004
Clear golden amberish with a very large everlasting white head. Smells of hops and carbonation (very gassy). Hoppy flavor that tastes more earthy than citrus. A bit too
carbonated for my liking.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
Golden amber with no head. Very piney centennial aroma with no malt to balance it out. Overwhelming hoppy with nothing to counter these flavors such as malt. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
2004 Autumn Brew Review: Amber Coloring. Good Head. Definitly Got the Hops Down. Some Grass There As Well. Great Hop Character. badgerben (5255) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Autumn Brew Review 2004. Dark amber color with a medium head. Aroma is quite strong in the hops and flowers department. Taste is bitter and hoppy with some citrus zest added in. Good IPA. BennyTicklez (621) - USA - SEP 9, 2004
Pours amber with an average white head. Aroma is floral and slightly earthy. Taste is sweet hops and floral. A well made IPA. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Appearance: murky bronze color, short, white head, rather typical IPA look
Aroma: now we’re talking, big, BIG, B-I-G! with the hops, fat with fruit, bitter, yet sweet, and complex, a cornucopia of citrus and peach, pineapple and more. Juicy!
Taste: hugeness returns in the flavor department, healthy hop content, with a firm presence on the palate, sticking to and playing with the palate. Warm and winning, this is a most excellent IPA, reminding me of a former favorite (but only because it’s left our market) Three Floyds Alpha King. Long, hoppy finish, ever-so tasty, profoundly satisfactory.
The only thing I’d change is the amateurish artwork on the label.
This one would have an honored spot in my fridge, if it were only available in MN.