hopdog (13374) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2007
On tap at the Phoenixville location. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Aromas of citrus and an earhty / floralness. Tastes of citurs, light caramel, and pine. Smooth body. DocLock (11255) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Draft at Royersford. Looks deep coppery with a finger or so of off-white head. The aroma is dry hoppy, caramel malty, with some grainy floral notes. The taste is semi-dry, with a firm hop bill matched by a solid amount of malt. JoeMcPhee (10218) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pale amber, crystal clear with a non-existant head. Aroma is quite woody and bitter smelling. Quite thin-bodied, pale industrial malt. Very woody/herbal smelling. Very strong assertive bitterness. Light orangey and lemony citrus. Comes across fairly astringent on the finish. This one didn’t work for me. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2010
A Sim rate (on tap at the Marshall Stack, Nat’s downstairs bar): I expected a hoppier aroma, but it smells a bit like a British bitter. Bit of hops if you really sniff at it. Otherwise, it’s barley and corn. Golden amber in colour with a disappearing head. Nice bitter hops in the flavour with a kick that hits you as you swallow. Wow... bitter! Tasty tartness with a subtle sweetness. Really liking it. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Draught @ Phoenixville: Aroma of hops, grass, earth, and barnyard. Poured amber/orange in color with a medium-sized, dense, off-white head that diminished. Excellent lacing. Hazy. Flavor is heavily bitter. Tastes of herbs, grass, hops, citrus, and Earth. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, dry finish. Overall, the most Earthy and herbal of the IPA series.
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2007
On tap at Barcade; was really disappointed with this beer. I liked the concept of brewing different IPAs this year. Main problem was the hop flavor; it just wasn’t very good for me. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2007
I really love going into Sly Fox and grabbing a growler of their latest single-hop IPAs, and damn do these go fast! Growler pour - Amber color with a smaller off-white head. Aroma has an interesting earthy-twiggy/leafy aroma with some light citrus and caramel malt thrown in. Flavor is a nice earthy-hop mix with some tart, fresh-lemon lime/bay leaf. Just enough malt for balance, as is the case with all of Sly Fox’s single-hop IPAs. The tongue gets surprisingly paralyzed - similar to what magnum hops seem to do. Overall pretty good, but this hop is not quite capable of the magic that Simcoe, Centennial, etc. can produce (IMHO). golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Draft at Barcade. Aroma of some grainy malt, a little citrus and some pine. The malt is really bad in this one; grainy and corny. The hops aren’t too impressive either; just not fresh tasting or crisp. Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Crystal clear amber orange color. Aroma of skunky weed. Sharp completely bitter taste. Too harsh for me. Oily texture. sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Draught at Waterfront, BKlyn. The "pine and lemon" commercial description is pretty dead on. Alternatively, it could be described as grapefruit and herbal. Nice smooth resins produced here which meld well with the malts; with no astringency or harsh bitterness. Along with the Nelson Sauvin, I’m becoming a fan of these Kiwi hops.