slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2010
growler. Overly grassy, sharp hops & sweet malts follow the strong (but not 10%/100+ ibu strong). Sadly, this growler stayed in a thermo bag in my car until warm then re-chilled... will try again. FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Canned May 2010; Sampled July 2010anders37 (26156) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2010
Well I have been avoiding the Summit “goodness” that is this beer for quite some time. Finally, the other day there was a can staring at me from the aisles of Plaza Liquors and I finally succumbed. A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, light amber color that shows an almost clear, bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lychee, kumquat peel and tangerine up front, but quickly picks up notes of pine, hemp oil and some garlic chive flower like notes. This is most definitely a dank smelling beer, and the garlic / green onion character is actually not too overwhelming in the nose. There is perhaps a touch of cracker and spicy grain character noticeable, but this is most definitely hop dominated. As the beer warms up a bit the alcohol can cause a bit of a burn to my nostrils. Definitely an enjoyable beer to smell if you like hops.
Soft, somewhat creamy feeling and only lightly carbonated. The beer has a lot of hop fruitiness to it up front with lots of bright citrus and tropical fruit like flavors; lychee, bright tangelo, kumquat and floral peach notes are all quite noticeable. Towards the middle of each sip a herbaceous character takes hold and it lingers on in to the amply bitter and almost harshly hoppy finish. Definite hemp oil, concentrated pine sap, and even a garlic chive like note in the finish all linger and morph into the long, lingering hop finish. The combination of the alcohol and the ample hops provides a touch of “burn” to my throat and esophagus. Again the grain plays a supporting role here but there does seem to be a hint of grain spiciness as well as some light biscuit like grain character, what is more noticeable is a not heavy handed, pale crystal malt caramel character that adds sweetness and accentuates the fruity aspects of the hops. This is a touch stronger in alcohol (with a touch of heat) and chewier in body than I prefer in a Double IPA, but I wouldn’t quite call this a Barleywine.
Not nearly as bad as I had feared, you have to be in the mood for a dank, hoppy beer, but the garlic / chive character that comes along with Summit hops isn’t too objectionable here.
Pours a slightly hazy pale orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty fresh hoppy grapefruit aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweetish malty think strong caramel flavor and very bitter hoppy flavor with pine needles and grapefruit. Some alcoholic hints too. Has a sweetish malty hoppy bitter caramel finish with hints of grapefruit and pine needles in the aftertaste. rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a 12 can into a tulip glass. The can has the abv listed as 10.0% and on the bottom of the can it has a "canned on" date of 05-04-10 @ 14:21.
Appearance: The body has a hazy golden orange color with visible carbonation. From the Aggressive pour I got a tall, creamy off white head that has great retention and makes lots of spotty lace on the glass.
Smell: Its aroma is full of strong musty and citrusy hops with a touch of earthy tobacco and grainy/bready malt.
Taste/Palate: I get a strong full bodied hit of hops up front and throughout on top of sturdy grainy/bready maltiness. Up front the hops hit me with citrusy grapefruit like notes which turn dank, musty, earthy, piney and resiny with a slight tobacco like note in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable and adds its own warm character to the mix. Hop bitterness hangs on the tongue deep into the finish.
Notes: Once again Oskar Blues does it the can and I love it!
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2010
Cloudy light amber with a medium off white head. Loads of hops in the nose along with pine, grapfruits and lemons. Very hopped flavor with pine, grapfruit, lemons and pale malt. Finished dry and very bitter.
TheOldKid (46) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2010
12. z can pours to a rich amber color with a heavy off white head that lingers. Aroma is heavy on the hops with minor citrus notes. Taste is heavy on the bitter side, with citrus backers. Palate is well balanced
with a good mix of body texture and finish.s oakbluff (447) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 14, 2010
can sample- pours light orange with good clariy. Robust off white head and soapy lacing. Nose- syrupy sweet, pine and onion. Taste- thick resiny hops, sweet cookie dough malts. Finishes with a significant amount of booze hotness and asprin like dryness. Drinkability suffers from the hotness. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 14, 2010
12 oz can purchased from oshea’s brewing - Pours a fairly clear deep yellow color with smallish off white head that dissipates with a tiny bit of lacing. Aroma has slightly spicey hops, with notes of onion, garlic, lemongrass, black pepper, hint of grapefruit and cotton candy. Flavor is fairly hoppy, does have a bit of onion hint, with a touch of malt. Finish is fairly bitter but not overwhelming. A fairly well crafted beer, but I am really not a big fan of these hops. Not something I would seek out again. Goodgrief (2022) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Bold gold color with fluffy head and some lacing. Aroma is of strong citrus...zoiks, I think I detect some of that funky herbal hop that I’ve heard about this beer. On first sip, while cold, the strong citrus rind flavor and corresponding strong bitter bite was pleasant, and only a hint of that garlic/oniony thing that this thing is (in)famous for. As it warmed, though, it got undrinkable and I had to pour just over half of this. Seriously, did anyone taste test this? Who wants a garlic/oniony flavor in their beer? Really awful. Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2010
On tap @ Tap House Grill. Clear orange pour, scant white head which leaves a heavy lace. Flowery nose, balanced, heavy body with excellent mouth feel. Grapes, resinous hops, dates and a quick finish.