WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Nose of Cascade hops and sweet malts. Beautiful dark amber, crystal clear, large foamy light orange head with fantastic lacing. Taste of hop resins, grapefruit rind bitterness, orange sweetness, and pine, solid malt backbone, caramel and grapefruit rind finish. Full bodied. Extra point for pulling this off below the 8% or more of some of my favorite super-intense IPAs. HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - OCT 25, 2007
24oz. Brown Bottle served in a shaker pint.
Clear ale gold/copper. Low white head. Nice aroma of American hops and caramel malt.
Medium body with lots of bright hop flavor. Good malt backbone. Long dry hoppy finish.
Nice to see this beer available widely. It’s a good warm up for Celebration season! freekyp (2257) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Amazing beer. Ripe resiny hops spring forth in the aroma. Fluffy white head with a huge amount of sticky lacing. Flavor is very hop forward, but not undrinkable bitter. Finish is round with the hop bitterness hitting the back of the tongue insistently, but a bit of malt to temper the hammering hop character. Mouthfeel is soft and slick with the just the right amount of carbonation. Great to see a a "single’ IPA with this much character and drinkability. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2007
The aroma was piney, resinous and citrusy with a strong complement of caramel malt goodness. The citrus component was light grapefruit and stronger orange characteristics. Even a slight spice showed in the hop profile. The beer poured into the glass crystal clear amber golden with an off-white frothy head which rose tall and lingered very long to lace the glass. The flavor was lightly spicy from the hops and less pungent in hop flavor that expected. The hop and malt balance was slightly tipped toward the hops with an assertive, yet not over the top, bittering and a nice piney, citrusy and resinous hop flavor which allowed the caramel malt to join the parade. The finish was dry with a light hop spice character lasting into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was moderate leading to a creaminess on the palate. A really nice IPA, very easy to consume and not overly hard on the budget either. 24 ounce bottle. 2007 Skyview (6055) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Shared and sampled by joebrew at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear coppery amber brew with a decent off-whtie head that slowly dissolves to a fine film and ring. Aroma of piney, grapefruit zest, some lime juice, and a touch of caramel malt. Taste is a tongue curler with heavy hop bitterness, caramel malt and tart grapefruits. Finish is citrusy bitter with a lingering pine bitter aftertaste. Someone likes to load up the hop bin with this brew.
OldMrCrow (2440) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2013 Bottle Rated 10/24/07. Here’s one I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. At last in bottles, at last in my fridge. 24 ounce bottles? What’s up with that? Didn’t make much sense until I opened the thing and shared it with a friend. This is the sort of beer one wants 24 ounces of all to oneself. Gorgeous.
kyzr (1548) - Montana, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Pour amber with a big fluffy head (is it really tinted slightly green, or is that my imagination being stimulated by the aroma?) Very nice aroma, plenty of leafy hops, but the glory of this one really comes out in the flavor. It’s splendid. Absolutely spendid. Nothing fancy here, nothing in-your-face, just a gloriously well-crafted fresh hop brew with a malt balance that comes in midway and really hits the sweet spot. Superb.
Tap 12/4/07 at the Rose and Crown in Palo Alto: not quite the standout that it was in the bottle - closer to a straight-ahead if excellent IPA - but still very very nice.
Tap 9/15/09 at Fiddler’s. It’s crazy how good this beer is. Beautiful head texture, nice amber pour, deep hop aroma, absolute perfection in the flavor. Beautiful balance, dry and hop-juicy, herbal and wonderful. I wrote down 8/5/9/4/17=4.3 but this could even push a 10 for flavor; my first sip certainly seemed to. I was also pleased to see that I rated it a 4.2 last time, way higher than I remember and thus showing more consistency than I expected.
Bottle rated 10/8/12. There’s a caramelly SN Celebration ale thing going on here that works quite well. I’d go closer 4 than 4.3 but it’s all good.
Copper color with a nice sized off-white head. Green fresh hoppy nose, with a hint of pine. Flavor to match, I just love that fresh hop tingle on the palate, Nice creamy texture with a clean dry finish. Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Big whompin’ 24 oz bottle. Clear, glowing, deep amber with a huge beige head that descends rockily, leaving a soap-film-like lace. Good carbonation, lots of bubbles race to the head. All makes for a very pretty beer. Sharp grapefruit nose, some pine, cut grass, a bit of toasty malt and bread. Strong bitter flavor initially, white grapefruit rind and very light caramel. As the palate becomes accustomed to the bitterness, a sweet maltiness emerges. The grapefruit rind makes a final appearance in the finish, a dry, smooth bitterness. Excellent. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2007
10/24/07: Bottle. AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Copper bodied with a thin ring of almond colored carbonation. Aroma of fir tree and grapefruit. Lot o’ hop flava – citrus and pine hop wise – combined with caramel malts. Finish is bitter, fresh and long.
Pours a copper, golden color with no head. Smell is slightly hoppy. Not a hop-bomb or overbearing. Taste is piney hops. Again not over the top or dominating, but reserved and actually well done. Decent brew. A good beer from a brewery that I’m not very fond of, so that is a success.