dnstone (3455) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Called North Fork Fresh Hop when I had it? Nice light, citrussy hop nose. Copper with light head. Starts dull then turns citrussy and finishes with a caramal maltiness. Interesting. LilBeerDoctor (4032) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2009
On tap at SPH. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of bready malt and floral hops. Flavor is similar, lots of bready malt, toasted malt, floral hops, with a bitter finish. Not as hoppy as I had hoped, but decent and very drinkable. Overall a nice fresh hopped beer.
7/4/7/4/15 [3.7/5] fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Tap at SPH. Aroma of spicy hops and hop leaves, caramel malt. The flavor continues to be a nice showcase of fresh-hopping, which would of course seem to be the point. Not too much in the way of malt complexity, so I’m not really sure if ESB is really the best way to describe the beer. It’s the fresh hop style, whether you want to call it an IPA, an ESB, or whatever. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2009
On tap at SPH. Pours a mostly clear gold slightly tinted to amber with a thin-moderate linen white head that lasted until mid-glass and left light lace. Pleasant aroma of malt along with a few floral notes and some orange. The flavor is malt followed by a solid dose of floral hops with just a bit of grapefruit citrus as well. Nice crisp finish. Some light breadiness emerges in the aftertaste and lingers briefly. Nicely done. As an aside, the hops for this beer are grown in Laurel, not too far from my house! thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Tap @ the brewpub (as North Fork Fresh Hop) - they tell me it’s more like an ESB and less like an IPA this year. Pours a hazy gold with a small but lingering white head. Aroma is citrus hops, malt, and a bit of grain/earth notes thrown in. Taste is very malty with floral hops and a smooth grain aftertaste. Very drinkable for an ESB, and it was the perfect companion to a beautiful day in Southampton.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2008
On tap at Barcade. Hazy golden in color with a nice white head. Citrusy hoppy malty aroma. Earthy and grapefruity notes. Malty and floral flavor. Caramel grassy, citrusy notes. Nice bitter finish. Fruity tasting. Medium bodied. Very drinkable. Enjoyable. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2008
GABF 08: Slightly hazed light golden, thin head. Brewery aisle fresh hop npse. I mean seriously. fresh. hops. That freshness just flows into the mouth but has a somewhat astringent character to it. Even so, its like chewing hop buds and that’s cool. RSRIZZO (2010) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Had this brew at G.A.B.F. 08". Aroma is faint with just some hop tones coming out. Color is a nice golden with a light haze and a small tight head. Starts with a light/medium body that goes down crisp. Finish jumps out with a bold hoppiness that has a little citrus , almost fruity taste that is followed by a mellow bitterness. Its a nice little brew. hopdog (12816) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2008
On tap at the KSBF ’08. They told me this one was kegged 2 weeks earlier. Poured a medium and lightly hazy golden color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of mainly floral hops with some citrus and grassiness. Tastes of the same floralness with some citrus and toastiness. puzzl (3260) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 Chelsea Cask Fest. Once again, I have trouble believing this was how the beer was intended to taste, however the cellarman assures us that all beer was in top condition, hence, a rating.
As for the beer, well, there were hints of good stuff in here... a nice citrusy cascade aroma, light british malts. However the flavor is quite oily and ugly, with a lot of butter. This doesn’t taste like the Southampton I know and love.