callmemickey (4561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
2009 Hop Project Beer.
A: Crystal clear amber body. Thin off-white head. Not much in the way of lacing left behind.
S: Some floral notes struggle to make their presence known amongst the sea of caramel malt.
T: Much like the nose, the flavor’s balance is tipped toward the side of malt at the expense of the floral hop notes. Not much in the way of bitterness here.
M: Smooth. Medium bodied. Nice carbonation levels. Clean finish.
O: The most bland of this year’s offerings. My #11 of the 11 single-hop hop project brews. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Draught at Phoenixville BrewPub on Hop Project Day: Aroma of hops and earth. Poured amber in color with a small, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium bitter. Tastes of hops, earth, and slight malt. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium bitter, hop finish is lightly dry. j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap at the Beech Tree. Pours a clear orange with a thin to medium sized white head. Pine, earthy grain and light citrus. A little thin, light malt and a big quinine bitterness. A little one dimensional, but not bad.
Radek Kliber (7483) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 9, 2009
on tap at Coles rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Appearance: neat shade of amber with ruby. Creamy mid top. 3+
Nose: Mid rich caramel , some earthy hints as well followed by continental hop. Good.
Flavor/Palate : Mid bodied , amber malts with bitter hop feel. Finish could be cleaner.
tap @ Cole’s. Copper body, thin white head. Nose is rich malt, slightly dusty brown sugar, tea & strawberries. Flavor is tea, rich malt, melanoidins. bitter hops grow in the finish with more pronounced caramel.
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
On tap @ Coles, Buffalo NY. Pours a deep orange red with little to no head. English styled malt aroma, lightly floral, lacking oomph. bitterness is not real sharp sort of just bland. Drinkable like Bass but not real great italarican (1606) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Pours reddish gold with a bit of off-white head. Aroma had some floral hops and a bit of fruit. No citrus notes, which surprised me, but more of subtle strawberry notes. The hops take a back step to the unsweetened fruit flavor but return for a soft floral hops finish. Slightly overpowering bitterness. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Released in June apparently and sampled on draft in August, so...something may have been lost. but the nose was subtle, musty, with a small hint of berry...very certainly not very strong smelling. The color was bronze with nice microscopic bubbles woven together nicely on top like a silk sheet. Minty, somewhat stale hop flavors in a cardboard-like way. I can’t really make out what the willamette is bringing to this beer, everything it muddled to the point if incomprehensiveness. DocLock (11025) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Draft at SFR. Pours dark straw with off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, hops, citrus. Tastes of caramel malt, tannic, citric, with some lemongrassy hops and earthy notes. Decent, but I agree that there are too many tannins in this, giving it an iced tea feel. PilsnerPeter (3050) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Growler: Nice deep copper pour with a creamy light tan head that retained well. Nice fruity, berryish aroma with some some earthy resinous character as well with a toasted crystal background. Nice velvety carbonation. A hemp like earthy resinous flavor with twiggy character. It meshes with a berryish fruity character and is balanced by a toasted malt background. Becomes quite nutty as it warms, giving it an authentic British feel. A fairly nice Pale Ale.