hopscotch (11161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2007 Draft... This beer rocks!... Crystal clear, deep golden ale with a large, frothy, white head. Decent retention. Cirrus lacework. The aroma is very hoppy. Jalapeno, white and black pepper. Totally unbalanced, in a great, heavily bitter way. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, astringent finish. Terrific, world class IPA! kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2004
(cask conditioned-Hops in the City) Medium gold with nice white head. Lovely hops aroma. Flavor is floral hops--not over the top. Of course half the fun was making it through the scrum to get to the freshly tapped cask! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2003
Growler: Has a nice brownish copper glowing color with a large ivory puffed head of soft styrofoam that sits like a king on a thrown, simmering down slowly to a nice haze on top and tons of lace in thin sticky sheets and spots. Smell is quite fresh and warm, full of flower hop cones right off the vine lending solid fresh pine with floral greenness and some light grapefruit; toasty caramel malt backing is just right, letting the hops take charge as they should with this lovely fresh-hop IPA. Taste is smooth and wonderfully hopped, warm, soothing, fresh, invigorating, nice calm pineyness thats very easy to handle, bitterness is mellow and fresh with light lingering notes of floral qualities, lighter grapefruit and more pineyness. Malt backing keeps a well balanced palette with a nice toastyness thats bread doughy sweet adding oomff to the hoppy pine, a nice mix. Feel is lightly creamy and has a solid medium body with a super fine easy mellow piney finish that becomes drying and has a lasting fresh piney lingering in the back of the mouth and throat. Incredibly drinkable, super smooth and calm, warm and soothing, goes down with ease as you continue to want more. A good quality to have in any IPA thats as tasty as this. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Hop in the City '03: Yellow crystal with a patchy, creamy foam. Fantastically rich, full fresh hop cone aroma, loads of pine sap, grapefruit and citrus rind. The great schafly malt is there in the background added some sweetness to the wonderful aroma. Dry hoppy flavour that is sweet on the palate and sticks to the tongue offering a long, smooth bittter finish. Great beer! MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Rated from a growler Pours a glowing amber with heavy yeast and hop sediment. It's medium, sticky tan head holds well and leaves a lot of lacing. The aroma is extremely fresh and fragrant with tons of just-picked Cascade hops over a thick and sweet foundation of caramelly, bready malt. That Cascade freshness carries over into the flavor, with lots of grapefruit and pine. Strong backbone of toasted bread, and caramel malt. The body is medium-thick, with a touch of dryness on the finish. This already tasty brew got better and better towards the end of the growler as all the sediment that had settled out added more body, smoothness, and hop flavor. Very well balanced despite the heavy hop load. A remarkably solid harvest ale.
thedm (6223) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2003
This rating was from the Hop In The City event where brews from the previous year were sampled (5 oz) by the attendees from kegs. This brew poured a large head of mostly lasting fine to large sized bubbbles that left behind a good lacing and a hazy light brown colored body. Its aroma was mildly hopped and its mouthfeel was biting. The flavor was hoppy. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2003
At Hop in the City: Hazy orange hue with little head or lace. Very apricot and berry aroma with additional hints of wheat, yeast, light bready malt esters and some acidic tones. Taste starts with a grapefruit twang followed by nice malt balance. Minor bitterness on finish. Medium-bodied with a dry and soft mouthfeel. Pretty good stuff. Amazing considering that it was suppose to be even better last year according to other Ratebeerians at the event. Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - SEP 18, 2003
Hoppy, citrusy aroma, some grapefruit and tangerine, with a good quantity of sweet, toasty caramel malt. Hazy copper color, with a fine, creamy, uneven head. Hoppy throughout, with the toasty, grainy caramel malt providing counterpoint. Nicely bittering, juicy hop finish, some pine and earthiness. Medium-full bodied, and plenty of lace. Balance is superb. Unfiltered, and the growler had a multitude of lively swirling, wispy sediment clouds. Really quite good. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Growler:Hazy,hazy,oarnge. Creamy,milky,head. Good retention,and drooping lace. Extremly fresh Cascade aroma. Adequate toasted,and sweet malt as well to mix with the crisp,citric,cascades. Very creamy mouthfeel. Silky texture,and smooth-soft,carbonation. Toasty,caramel,malt notes up front. The hops pick up quickly. Earthy,piney,hop notes start at the back and follow through the finish. Finish is clean,and quite malty,considering the hops. Ahh yes,this is classy for a hop fest!!! cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Cask. Kaleidoscopic-swirled head. Pumpkin orange. Rich, complex multi-hop flavor. Creamy smooth texture. Malts glide in to offset the powerful hops.