Sammy (11770) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
fresh grapefruit citra hop aroma. lacy. tropical cutrus. lighter mouthfeel than expected. still very nice.
ClarkVV (6300) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
4 pack from the brewery, canned and drunk the day of, 8/11/16.
Large, well-retained, white head tops a very hazy, blonde-brass-golden body.
While I was blown away by One Hop This Time: Topaz, I wouldn’t say I’d expect much from cascade and motueka additions, but just goes to show how unpredictable mixing hops is. This is about as juicy as it gets, with a perfect blend of tropical and citrus fruit and even a spicy/peppery edge to it as well. As usual, the biscuity-crackery malts stay in the background and the beer is clean and alcohol-free.
Intensely soft, juicy, malty and yet well-attenuated, I think this is right up there with their best batches. A plethora of tropical fruits are complemented by the orange-grapefruit of cascade, with just enough assertive bitterness but no big grapefruit/pine resin. Tight carbonation, a malty texture and explosively juicy flavors lingering long, with no alcohol or flaw. So damned good.