jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2011 Golden-amber with big, foamy beige head / Soft, perfumed, fresh cut pine, weed, caramel, and grapefruit nose / Light to medium body, creamy and mellow, hint of sweetness, with good balance of malts to go with the big hops, with long, dry, bitter, finish / Flavors of grapefruit, fresh cut pine, weed, caramel, leather, and bubblegum / Perfect. kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Another good one from FFF. Fruit and citrus hops in the aroma and flavor. Hazy golden pour with off white head. Good bitterness. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
aroma is not as overwhelming as i thought it might be, but still is delicious. darker ruby color bordering on that of an IIPA despite the low ABV here. VERY sessionable, this is relaxed. while not overly challenging, this remains interesting and overall fulfilling. unique amongst wet hop ales for its almost ’moderation’ from a brewery known for no holds barred with the green buds. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2008
22 oz Bottle from Binny’s. Pours a dark, hazy orange with a sticky white head. The aroma is amazing. Tropical fruits, bitter hops, grapefruit, caramel, grass, some citrus rind. Flavor is bitter at first, then fruity, with some caramel before a very bitter finish. Mouthfeel medium bodied and sticky, in a good way. This beer is so drinkable I wish I’d bought a case. 17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 [2008 release on draft sampled 10.22.08] Dark orange/amber pour with a medium off-white frothy head. Fresh piney/resin hop aroma. First taste is very very bitter and earthy, lightly sweet and floral. Pretty straightforward flavor, mostly bitter. Would also like to find a bottle of this. . . . . 8 4 8 4 15 . . . . . . . . .
Bottle sampled 12.30.08. Pours a clear dark orange amber with a few bubbles and a small off-white froth. Fantastic aroma, fresh hops, piney resin, sweet, more citrus than on draft. Flavor follows, more earthy and bitter, floral, piney, lightly toasted sweet malts, a tad green. Flavors meld together really nicely and finish quite bitter, a bit soapy with notes of bubblegum. Medium bodied, fluffy carbonation, not really sticky, but more creamy. . . . 8 4 8 4 15 . . . . . . . .[2010 bottle sampled 12.28] mmm very nice this year! huge charge of centennial I think! woody piney sappy grapefruit, great body, great carbonation, fantastic beer!
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2008
22oz bottle thanks to Axilla for sharing. (last years bottle). Poured hazy copper in color with a medium sized beige head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit, and citrus hops with caramel malt. Tastes of sweet ripe citrus, grapefruit, hops, caramel, and orange peel. Very nice smooth drinking harvest ale. Very enjoyable. BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Poured into a Stone OG tulip glass.
Appearance is hazy bright orange hue, big frothy white head dissipates to a thin layer, web-like lacing on the glass.
Smell is big sour grapefruit with some floral and grassy tones, consistent with fresh hops, other citrus and light fruits.
Taste is initially sweetened grapefruit hops with a nice orange background, some pine resin and grassy hops transition to biscuity malts, finishes dry and bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thick resiny texture coats the tongue, moderately high carbonation.
Drinkability is high, this is a flavorful and sweetly hopped IPA with great balance, the alcohol presence is minimal and the wet hops add great character to the taste. dchmela (3064) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle courtesy Kmeves and shared with my buddy Ian. Cloudy amber pour with a thick white head. Citrus, grapefruit aroma, very understated, not overpowering. Malty citrus taste, lots of hops, but soooo easy to drink. Don’t know if the hops were mellowed a bit by this being last years bottle, but the hops seemed just perfect. Very nice beer and great on a hot summer day. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2008
[1306-20080418] 1pt6floz bottle. Fruity navel orange juice hops aroma with fresh light malty earth. Hazy, light orange red body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Juicy fresh navel orange flavour is nicely balanced. Medium body has a bitter background. Very nice, yummy hops. Love the label too: a troll in a sailor suit in front of a princess getting impaled by a unicorn in front of a castle on fire.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2008
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev)
Totally awesome beer. I got in a bottle from Kahn’s fine wines in INdianapolis, IN. Smell is of amarillo hops. The pour is nice and thick. The taste is angled towards the hops with some nice crisp malt. One of their best. To me, this is easier to drink than alpha king as it doesn’t have the hop harshness from the chinook.