whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Cottony white head on a shimmering gold body with a substantial load of hop particles. Fruity mango and grapefruit, plus fresh resinous hop cones and light pale malt sweetness underneath. Nicely rendered hop bitterness. Assertive, but not coarse or rough. Very skillfully crafted IPA. I’ve been having a major hop craving lately and this beer was extremely satisfying.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Explosion of tropical fruit hop aromas. Litchi and mango. Not at all overpowering on the palate. Nice lasting clean, piney finish. emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours a hazy gold with no head. The aroma is very fruity, sweet, hoppy, mandarin oranges, grapefruit, citrus. The flavor is citrusy, grapefruit, mandarin oranges, a little waxy and bitter. Overall a very fruity hoppy aroma and flavor with a waxy bitter palate and lasting finish. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2008
From memory. Hazy and pale gold with a fluffy white head. Tropical fruit hop aroma. Organic, full soft resinous hop grapefruit and lime flavor with balancing malt and body. Gentile and lingering hop finish. Really an exceptional and even sensuous ale. theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2008
22 oz. bottle from Zinister. Pour is cloudy cheddar cheese orange [TM] / yellow with visible floating sediment and a nice fluffy, 2 inch white head. Aroma of resinous hops, some citrus (orange) and some pine. Taste is really resiny and earthy hop, initial bitterness is fairly muted and gives way to a very bitter orange peel finish. Nice IPA.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
[TM] the term "cheddar cheese orange" is used with the express written consent of KAggie97.
Bottle. Yellow-gold pour with small white head. Nice tropical and citrus hop aroma. Good mouthfeel, somewhat slick. More tropical and bittering hops in the flavor with some malt bitterness as well. Probably one of the best IPAs out there. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Dark straw, very cloudy and hazy, sediment settling to the bottom, large frothy off-white head, good lacing.   Resiny hop
nose, citrus rind, some grainy malts.   Citrusy bitterness up front, soft hop presense.   Seems a little musty.   Getting that
morsoe in the nose.   Not sure I could call this "fresh", but it certainly is a good IPA.   Moderate to full bodied, mild malt
background.   Lingering hop and citrus bitterness.   This is a good example of a West Coast IPA.   Flavorful, good nose, fairly
well balanced, clean, with lingering bitterness.   Compared to other "Fresh Hop" ales its not as aromatic, but still decent nonetheless.
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Bottle shared by BBB63. Light hazy yellow-orange/straw body, thin-medium off-white head. Medium citrusy, bitter hops aroma, modestly resiny/oily, backed by a bready malt backbone. Body dominated by bitter, citrusy hops. Dry malt. Medium-bodied. Simple and effective. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 22oz. bottle at Brouwer’s in Seattle. This has got to be one of the greatest fresh hop IPAs ever created. It doesn’t look like much - a light golden color with a medium head - but the first smell will have you raising your brows. It’s floral hops all the way through - it honestly seems as if you’re smelling freshly picked hops, with only a bit of malts showing through near the end. Wonderfully different from the other fresh hop efforts I’ve tasted. The taste, like the aroma, is all hops. Very bitter, but incredibly smooth all the while. Well worth a try if you can get your hands on it - I’m an IPA fan, and this is one of the most distinct brews I’ve tried. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Bottle, from Julio’s. Grreat aroma, sweet & fruity. Grapefruit, orange, peach, apricot, tangerine, grass and a peppery streak. Golden orange color, good head that faded quickly, ok lacing. Bit of sediment on second pour. Bitter sweet flavor, big pucker. Grapefruit and grass combo. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Mouthfeel got thicker with second pour that had sediment. Very nice aroma, liked the way it changed as it warmed from fleshy fruit to citrus.