hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2007
Tap- I like hops...A lot. They’re my favorite. But this beer is extremely bitter. I have had it from the bottle before...same result. If you don’t like ipa’s, dont bother...Otherwise, this beer is good. Not a session beer, not high on the drinkability index, but an overly pnw hopped, bitter as helll, IPA...Liked it a lot, but not enough to ask for another one. muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2006
20-ounce draught at The Blue Tusk in Syracuse, NY, early October 2006. Very clear, bright medium amber with a small-moderate stable head and good lacing....faint cereal malts at first in the (served too cold) nose, blooming into a strong acerbic grassiness and nice acidic citric hops, light malty-sweet background....really nicely balanced tart-cidery/citric hoppy/caramel-malted body, light cherry-peach fruit presence....moderate carbonation, intensely bitter and rather dry finish....refreshing and solid example. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2009 Sampled at Real Beer Expo (Rochester). Med. amber colour, decent whitish head that is short-lived. Vegetal, hoppy and somewhat malty nose. Med. carbonation and decent body. Good hops up front with a short bitter finish. I liked.
RE-RATED: Sampled at the brewpub. AU16/08.guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2006
App.: Bright amber, clear, ring of white head.
Aroma: Light malts – nuts, brown sugar, light dried fruits and some berries.
Palate: Medium body and carbonation.
Flav.: More light malts – brown sugar, raisins, slight wood, a bit like rum, fruity.
Light and quaffable, balanced.
Slightly hazed, deep amber appearance; avg size, off white head, good lacing. Resinous, piney aroma, some citrus. Hoppy taste, with a hint of caramel malt mid gulp. Finishes crisp, dry and bitter. This would be an "always in the fridge" beer if were available in my area. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle sample at Union Beer Trade Tasting, NYC. Dark golden amber. Well hopped aroma - lots of citrus and spruce. Flavour is heavily hopped as well, almost to the point of being too bitter. The hophead in me appreciates it somewhat, but the malts just aren’t big enough to back up the hops in this one.
MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
Any first impressions?Sammy (12346) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2006
-A large head settles atop the clear straw golden, drawing scant lacing.
-Biscuity malts and citrusy hops rise hand in hand to greet the nostrils.
-Grassy, leafy, citrusy hop flavors are well-balanced with the crunchy, though timid, maltiness.
-A classic APA lean mouthfeel and calculated, lively carbonation is on hand.
What if you dig deeper?
-Resinous hop bitterness is healthily lingering, ramifying into tea leaf pugnacity.
-A floral perfume is included in the well-developed aroma.
-Honeyed maltiness participates briefly to the first half of the sip.
-This is a very well crafted APA, leaning on its bitterness for character.
Bottled at Olde Saratoga for Sackets Harbor; no date.
My first of this newer brewery, on cask at Clark’s Ale House real ale fest. There was noticeable carbonation in this one, which was unexpected from a fresh cask, bubbles on the top and throughout. C-hop aroma. A few sips, but not entirely finishable which is not my usual treatment of a cask ale.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Shared with Bartzilla. A nice golden hoppy pale ale. Smells really floral and fruity. Nice and light on the palate. Something I could drink everyday. Like a hopped up SNPA. beastiefan2k (4007) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2006
12 oz bottle poured into a Hobgoblin tulip glass. Pours dark golden with orangish tints. Cannot see through the beer. No head but some lacing. Aroma is strong - hop dominated - citusy, orange creaminess with some grapefruit. Taste is hoppy grapefruit (Amarillo?) heavy with a decent malt character. Spikey mouthfeel. Very present bitterness at the end. In the vain of most hoppy pale ales I taste now. Oh, first rating in new apartment. jb (3270) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Very nice appearance - frothy white head on a dark gold beer. Aroma of bread and grapefruit. Palate is subdued with some more of the flavors of hops and malt, dry finish.