Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 In short: A ton of very tasty hops but too thin on the malt side. Very good but could have been great. Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2008
How: Bottle 22oz, from Secret Festivus Dude. Thanks a lot whoever you are.
The look: Partly cloudy golden body with a medium white head.
In long: Powerful and pleasant nose of grapefruit and pine-tree. Taste is very unbalanced. This beer lacks malt thickness to balance that mountain of hops. Almost watery, the airy body provided only a light caramel note and was totally dominated by the hops. The hopping though is quite something. Orange peels, some pine-tree with more and more grapefruit as the beer warmed-up. Strong juicy bitterness. Some dry grass in the finish too. The end result is a very good beer but it is also about as bitter and unbalanced as my cousin Louis.
Sampled at MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering in Maplewood, MN and supplied by joet. From a 22-oz bomber pours a hazy golden amber brew with a thick and lumpy off-white head that has some excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet grapefruit zest and pink grapefruit juice that overpowers the light malt flavor. Taste is a typical west-coast IPA bitterness that is medium bodied, some carbonation and plenty of grapefruit and pine character. Finish is just as bitter as the aroma and flavor that even linger around after the finish. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Bottle from Craig. Thanks. Pours a deep, slightly glowing orange with a small off-white head. Nose is fresh with floral hops, some tropical fruits, pine, citrus and some caramel malt. Unlike other recent raters, I found the nose quite appealing. Flavor is grassy hops, with some more pine and a mild malt backbone. Flavor is a bit muted and watery when compared to the aroma. Finish is nice and bitter. Definitely an above average ipa. Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 At first, the beer seems pretty commonplace. Not the sour flavor of some IPA’s, but a crisp light flavor. Not much aroma to this one. But the hops kick in with a slightly dank piney and resinous flavor. Tastes like Simcoe! It sticks around a little while before fading. A sneaky but above average IPA. tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2008
22oz bottle left for the MN crew from joet sampled at the MN RB Winter Gathering. Only a hint of cat pee on the nose. Big, bright pine, cedar and lemon zesty hops. Pours bright gold with a bright white head. Flavor is grassy, leafy and very fresh hop tasting. Medium bodied with a lasting wet cut grass finish.
Grovlam (4257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle. [Amager – Mikkeller Brew session @ Amager Bryghus] Large off-white creamy head that mostly lasted. Cloudy golden / orange color. Good display of lacework. Aroma of grapefruit, elderflower, apricot, caramel, fruit. Over the palate notes of pine, citrus and again fruity notes. Full bodied with an average carbonation and dry texture. Moderated bitter flavor with counter sweetness. Lingering bitter finish. jake65 (4004) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Bottle: Muddy golden pour with a smaller white head. Instant gratification in the aroma. Huge hoppy notes of citrus and resin. Plenty of malt too. Very clean and crisp hoppy flavor, floral and citrus goes well with the maltiness. Lingering bitters dance along my palate. Really quite good. tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2008
Bottle, at Yngwie´s xmas-tasting. Aber color, off-white head. Aroma is so hoppy, and I love it. Classic IPA/APA with lots of hops and fruit, bitter and sweet. Balanced. Nam-nam. masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Poured a dark blond color in the glass with a nice white head. Smelled of light citrus and distant tropical fruit. Taste was all hops, citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, with a big piney finish. Very dry at the end. I think the malt was non existent in this one. Good thing the hops tasted so good. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Pours light orange/amber with a soft white head that leaves thick lacing behind. Very floral hop aroma, light hint of pine, big citrus grapefruit character. Flavor is dominated by the hops, malts don’t show very much, almost soapy quality to it due to the big dry hopping. Solid floral hopped IPA.