JoeinDahlem (1503) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2008
On tap at the brewpub. Amber color, thin head. Big, fresh, juicy floral-and-grapefruit-hop nose. Flavor starts sweet and a bit fruity, rolling into a wave of bitterness that sticks long into the aftertaste. Great aroma but the bitterness was a bit harsh for my taste, with the flavor caught between. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2008
From an 18 hr old growler thanks to Skyinbrian. Contrary to what the website says, I find it hard to believe they used cascades. Pours a nice deep gold with a fluffy head. Nose is strongly citric, with some funky pine and cheese notes. I think there’s simcoe in here, touch of mustiness that I associate with that hop. Could be the wet hops, though. Taste is quite bitter and resiny with a decent malt background. Some weirdish medicinal aspect, but it is growing on me. Nice, but I’ve had better. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 24, 2007
(hand bottled from irishboy,who always calls it "schafly")orange body with some head.the aroma is of perfume,citrus,and some pine.flavor is much of the same.although by this point,its pretty much flat. hopdog (12382) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Growler acquired in trade with xmarcnolanx (thanks!). Poured a medium and clear orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hopes, pine, and citrus. Nice and hoppy! Tastes of pine, grapefruit, floral hops, and some caramel. A very nice IPA! IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Growler from xmarcnolanx; Nose pretty hoppy with floral, pine, and a hint of vanilla; clear orange with a medium, long-lasting, glass-lacing off-white head; flavor of mild hop bitterness, with lots of caramel malts and a little hops for the finish.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2007
On-tap at the Taproom, served in a Schlafly Imperial Pint Glass. The bartender didn’t know the ABV and couldn’t find anyone who did.
Poured an unfiltered hazy bright golden hued orange with a nice tight, bubbly topped, foamy white head, excellent retention, slowly receded into a thin sudsy lacing, small amount of ringed sticking.
Good Cascades hop aroma, orange blossoms and grapefruit juice, traces of pine needles at the edges. Light backing from caramel grainy malts.
Enough carbonation to give this a fresh crisp feel, smooth creamy, yet firm medium body, well rounded in the palate. Wonderfully hopped, a great use of Cascades hops, restrained rolling bitterness that slowly numbs the tastebuds. Fresh green pine needles, oily grapefruit, candied oranges and lemons, there is plenty of hop flavors swirling around in the mouth. The proper malt backing, toasted grains and sugary caramelized sweetness, the malts really intensified the candied sweetness of the hops flavors. Finishes sweet and dry, a mix of pale sugary malts and candied, slightly sour, hops.
The drinkability on this seasonal IPA from Schlafly is too easy, one that is fun to spend the night with.
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 sampled at the tap room. bronze in color with a well formed head. loads of extremely fresh citric hops all over the nose. big tangy grapefruit upfront, clearly a butt-load of hops in this batch. and talk about balance! this is excellent. all the hops a guy could want without overdoing it. plenty of fine grainy malt flavor to support the hop presence. i would give a lot to have this all year. SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2007
on tap at the taproom. um...hoppy...very hoppy. this was very nice feels prickly in my mouth, almost sticky in resiny piney taste. is it possible that this has too much hops in it or is it just a kick ass ipa? drmatt (51) - THE LOU, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2007
this year’s edition is awesome. nice fruit candy nose. much the same on the taste. this is one of the best fresh, draft ipa’s that i have ever had. this year they use fresh simcoe hops. very nice beer, too bad it only last for a few weeks around here. xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 Yummy. Very, very nice dank aroma of wet hops. Taste is a little lacking compared to the fabulous aroma. But finishes very smooth, almost no residual bitterness making it very drinkable. Great!
Please, please bottle this next year.