MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2009
<i>Thanks to TearsforBeers, my Secret Santa, for the bottle!</i>masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Fiery amber color with a moderate yellowish-white head. Nose has earthy pine and citrus, some sugar, and slight malt, all around very herb. Flavor is less bitter with more sugary malt, some grapefruit, slight tea. Syrupy body, not much carbonation. Overall big and tasty but not very expressive or unique.
Thanks to Pantanap for giving me the chance to try this. Poured an amber color with a little head. Aroma was nice, apples, pine and grass. Taste was much the same, more apples coming through, sharp pine and resinous hops on the finish. Really tasty. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Orange color with a medium head and a big floral-citrus hop aroma. Flavor is dominated by a brit-hop earthy, floral taste with a bit of bready malts. Good stuff, although not as raw/wet on the hops as I expected. DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle received via trade with StFun (Thanks!) Very hazy orange pour with a frothy half inch head. Very citrusy and hoppy notes right of the bat. Flavor was excellent; orange, pine, hops and finished crisp and light with a pleasant herbal aftertaste. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially people who are just trying IPA’s for the first time. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2008
22. Thanks, Pantanap! Pours a crystal clear rubied amber under a dense, somewhat fizzy tan head. Nice sweet orange and sugary grapefruit nose. Creamy medium body. Beautiful tart citrus over the top of caramel notes on the mid-palate. Long resiny finish. Classic midwest IPA, maybe even edging into juicy SD hop bomb territory a little. Lovely stuff.
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2008
bomber. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Nose is of pine and grass. Taste is of pine and grass with a sweet malt balancing. Mouthfeel is sweet with a bitter finish. Like this a lot. StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Nice harvest ale take on the IPA. Lots of metal going on here, in the aroma and the flavor. Pours a golden copper color with a frothy white head. Aroma is almost all metal, with some notes of grass and maybe citrus fruit. Flavor is much the same, with metal and grass dominating. Finishes crisp, if somewhat bitter. Nice one. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2008
22 oz bottle courtesy of Clint at Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a gorgeous medium hazed copper sunset hue with decent offwhite head that laces well. Aromas are moderate, nice citrusy floral bouquet with some sweet carmel maltiness, not strong, but satisfactory. Initial is pretty damn good: Large grapefruit and piney resinous hop body enjoyed a lot and balances by an agressive carmel and biscuity malt backbone. hops hit sharp bitter initially and move a touch mellower, but still assertive in the body. Malt profile starts to balance at this point, finishing with caramel and toffee sweetness, one of the more enjoyable malt profiles Ive had. A buy the book IPA that pushes the flavor limits and makes it past the pack and onto a rung of the top tier IPAs. Yum. Cheers! valpoaj (745) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Pours a very deep copper color with a nice whitish head that settles quickly. Aroma is full of fruity and floral hops, ripe citrus fruit, and sweet caramel malts...this one pulls you in very nicely. There*s a lot of grapefruit in here, and it is not too unlike Dreadnaught in many respects. Flavor is a bit heavy and drinks like a double IPA, which is very nice in my book. Lots of citrus fruit (orange and grapefruit abound), bitter hops, and sweet malts offset everything. Great oily palate for a *single* IPA. Although I have left many FFF products disappointed, this one might have exceeded my expectations...a good harvest ale! Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2008
The clear, dark orange-amber body is crowned with a frothy, taupe colored head that lasts. Rings of splotchy, ribbony lace coat the glass well. The aroma shows a toasty, biscuit malt background with a bounty of fruity and floral notes, including orange blossoms, marmalade, and bitter grapefruit. Flavors show great balance, with the toasty sweetness of the caramel biscuit notes countering the bold grapefruit and orange peel bitterness. The finish is very floral, citrus blossom notes lingering for a good while. Medium-plus bodied and balanced on the tongue, the mouthfeel transitions towards semi-dry on the finish, but not at all astringent. Great beer, but I am not sure that it outshines less heralded harvest ales like Sierra Nevada or Great Divide, as the scores would indicate.