hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2010 (Rating #5600) Draft… Beautiful amber ale with a copper hue and a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Resiny, piney, musky, litter box nose. Lots of simcoe, amarillo and cascade hops really smack you right in the face. Full-bodied and creamy with stinging carbonation. Caramel and toffee malt sweetness countered and beaten down by earthy, musky hop bitterness. Crisp, bitter, tongue-numbing finish. marcus (10232) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 7, 2010
On tap at Toronado. Poures copper with a thin off-white head and a magnificent floral pine aroma. There is a substantial and tasty caramel malt base with excellent, but almost overwhelming hop bitterness. Hopheads will love this one. bb (9311) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Draft. Nice piney/grapefruit aroma with some malt. Pine and grapefruit flavor with malt backing (not too sweet) and some fruitier flavors coming through. Medium body. Nice bitterness. Great drinking IPA. Grapefruit and pine linger with a ncie bitterness. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2010
Sampled on draft at 3 Rivers 6 Pack this beer poured a dark caramel-amber color with a medium sized foamy beige head that lingered. The aroma was light rough floral and fruity hops. The flavor was dry, rough and bitter with a moderate fruity and floral hop presence and along rough hoppy finish. Ok. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Grapefruit caramel and herbal hops aroma. Slightly bright fuzzy palate. Tastes of grapefruit grass orange and caramel. Decent.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2010
On tap at Mekong on 02/02/2010. Clear copper amber body with a medium foamy off-white head. Sweet floral and citrus hop aroma. Sweet citrus and floral hop flavor with a bit of sweet caramel in the background. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
glennmastrange (2871) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Tap. Moderate malt notes of roasted and caramel, heavy pine for the hops, moderate sweat smell for the yeast, with a big hit of pepper in the background. Head is average size, frothy/creamy, white with excellent lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber with an orange tint. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a soft carbonation and a dry finish. One off aspect hurt this beer a bit, but it’s still a very drinkable IPA. popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Tap at City Beer Store. This beer was brewed at SN’s beer camp, which was attended by City Beer’s owner, Craig. It’s a very good IPA with a big hop presence. It’s mostly pine/citrus hop notes, probably leans toward pine (a bit like SN generally). It’s quite dry with good yeast presence. I’d normally worry about too many cooks spoiling the pot with this sort of endeavor, but HopStar turned out rather well. It’s not my personal favorite of a hop bill (I lean toward Simcoe dominant (D)IPAs), but there are no real faults. The aroma is strong and clean. It’s easy to drink and quite satisfying. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Appearance: deep copper with ruby highlights under a soft generous pithy head. Leaves lovely lace from start to finish, much like a lady’s fine dress.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Nose: sweet and hoppy and resinous, though not harshly so. Green in the back with pine then hop cones. Honey coated melba underneath for some crunchy and some sweet.
Palate: full thick sticky mouthfeel; very likeable. Awesome explosion of hop resins, oils, and sticky goodness with orange essence and hop juices galore. Bitter leaf finish in the back top of my tongue. Pine and pine trees. Sharp stab of resins in the finish; poignant. Slightly sticky lips for tasty smacking. Nothing lingers in my breath though I love how the bitterness is so big in the middle it makes up for it and then some. Toasty golden brown with honey crunchies underneath. Opens up as warms up and smoothes out just a tad, losing some of the bite in the back.
Final Thoughts: one big hop bomb of a beer and I loved it. Wish it was available more often from Sierra Nevada in my neck of the woods, but I’m glad I had a chance to taste it anyway.
Sampled at the City Beer Store in SF. Pours light brown and clear. Drinks really crisp with really nice hopping. Overall a really nice drinking IPA, well crafted.