17thfloor (2444) - 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 (615) - 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 (3078) - 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 (9787) - 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. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2008
An old rating i finally got to entering. Aroma wash of straight hops. Seemed like every kind possible. Citrus, pine, earthiness, spice. Flavor was pretty hoppy and very very bitter. I wish this was year round and i cant believe its only 5.5 %. The aggressive hops could easily make like place this at 8 or 9%. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2008
My 100th IPA!FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Thanks go to sprinkle for this brew. Poured a cloudy bright amber with a creamy/frothy off-white head. Fresh hoppy aroma of bitter pine and lemony citrus, very refreshing and very typical of FFF. Flavor follows with lots of bitter pine and grapefruit rind hops, just a touch of sweetness, finishing dry and quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is a tad light. Has the hop and flavor profile of a bigger beer but feels rather on the light side, making it sort of floating in a stylistic quagmire between IPA and APA. Very pleasant with excellent hop flavor though a few shades shy of mind-blowing.
22oz bottle. Dark golden color with a small white head. Grassy, sharp pine hop aromatics. Vegetal, earthy hoppiness with a tinge of candied pineapple. Moderate malt backing with a slick sweetness. Caramel and residual grass and citrus in the finish. Mouthfeel is a light medium. tennisjoel (1487) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Stinky aroma, but in a good way. Fresh cut hops. Vegetal aroma. Interesting beer, like smelling and eating grass. Not my favorite hop combination here. I preferred Surly bitter brewer to this beer, while others thought this brew was superior. Each to their own. Thanks to ElGaucho for letting me sample this at the bigfoot vertical tasting I hosted.