tillmac62 (759) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 2, 2015
BBD 06/15. Hazy (due to yeast) golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
World class nose of floral hops, lemon notes, subtle clove phenols from the yeast and a biscuit background.
Light medium body with a smooth texture that has just a hint of creaminess. Perfect carbonation with effervescence from the middle on and a rousing prickly finish.
The almost outstanding flavor profile is intense, fairly complex but fails to completely cover the alcohol and lacks enough biscuit to balance. Floral hops lead coupled with a bit of lemon. The middle brings a mild bitterness and subtle and fleeting biscuit sweetness. The sweetness is quickly overpowered by clove with alcohol underneath. As the clove subsides in the finish, alcohol becomes dominate. ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Draught at Methuselah, Pittsfield, 6/26/15Meilby (11739) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 25, 2015
Very lightly hazed light amber with some burnished copper highlights and a small, white head that recedes quickly to cover.
Nicely phenolic nose starts things off peppery and dry while honey and vanilla emanate from the malt, balancing and creating a solid palette for the not-all-that-hoppy hop notes. They are indeed light and playful, adding bits of citrus, light red fruits and a touch of spicy/floral character. It works well, complementing, but not outdoing the yeast while no alcohol or flaws are apparent.
Sweet, though not overly so, with soft, honey-like pils malt giving a slightly sticky texture that is then broken up by the dry estery/phenolic Belgian yeast and very minimal bitterness from the hops. Quite drinkable on account of the sweet, easygoing flavors, light wateriness and brisk carbonation. For a beer with the word hop in the name, it’s not all that hoppy, but for a lighthearted summer ale, it works. Maybe just a bit too much cake/icing sweetness on the finish, with slightly over-doughy maltiness bogging down the palate. Still, clean and drinkable, but the alcohol and tendency towards sweet/malty are a bit at odds with the lighter, hoppy summer session ale intentions here.
Draught @ Stout, New York, NYmarcus (10682) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Pours hazy golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, dried fruits, yeast and grass. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long fruity, yeasty, peppery and grassy finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours cloudy golden with a large foamy white head and a floral fruit and yeast aroma. There is a slightly sour fruity light malt flavor with some spices and a little banana ester. Refreshing. edgallow (4479) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2015
12 oz bottle pours golden with a white head. Aroma of spicy yeast, malts and floral. Taste is yeast, malts and some citrus.
markducommun (1224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Super cloudy light orange, white head. Citrus, light honey and grain, slightly herbal. Slightly bitter tang, solid sweet body. Lighter chewy body, a good bit of acidity. Medium finish. Quite good. sinfull (1802) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Hazy , golden color ; huge white head. Floral , yeasty , spicy and fruity aroma. Yeast, malt and fruits in taste. Gentle hoppy bitterness in dry finish. kespecial (255) - - JUN 1, 2015
Pours hazy gold, very lively carbonation. Aroma is terrific: spices, sweetness, floral hops. Taste is clean dry, refreshing, some earth and banana plus yeast and cleansing hops. Superb and subtle refreshment. Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Pours hazy gold with a small white head that dissipated into a thin film. Aroma is earthy, spicy, yeast and floral. Taste is sweet with spicy undertones. Finish is dry, and overall this was very solid and drank way to easy. beersammich (76) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - MAY 30, 2015
Pours hazy yellow with a nice creamy thick head. Smells of wheat and hops. Tastes much the same. A nice refreshing beer for the summer time. I had this from a bottle.