pinkzambia (2073) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Tap at brewpub: Well, I am honored to be the first non Twin cities ratbeerian to rate this brand new brew. The guy told me that an Oregon grower ships out fresh Centennial hops overnight and the very next day they throw them in to the batch. Hops are definitely the word on this one. It is a clear gold color with a full creamy head. Unlike any other bitter beer I have had, it attacks the tongue slowly with bitterness like the slow, consistent squeezing to death of the python. The bitterness is harsh, quite astringent almost as if you just grabbed a hop bud off the plant and chewed on it. The aroma is strong, dry hops and a tiny bit flowery. The aftertaste is extremely bitter. Ths one gets extra points for the monster amounts of bitterness! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2006
On-tap at the brewpub: A hazen, fuzzy medium yellowy amber with a finger high head of whitish foam. Great frosty lacing is captured across the glass as its consumed.
Pungently fresh hoppy aroma of high ended grapefruity pith and undertoned pine with a slight greasy resin to its nature. Hugely hoppy on the nose. Fresh, crisp, pungent, and Centenially grapefruited.
Taste is a hop heads wet dream. Way over the top with a huge snap and bite of hoppy grapefruit pith and pine resin. Bitterness is bright, brittle, and squeezed heavy across the finish with a barren wasteland of parched cheeks and throats in an unbalanced tilt towards the hops. As warned in the labeling, this is not balanced, and that is definately true here. I like to consider myself a hop head. But I also need some balance to the flavors of the hops I love to enjoy. Perhaps a little to much, even for me, as it was not all that complex or easy to enjoy. Quite one dimensional with the Centennial leading every drop of flavor into the palate with a quick squeezing of grapefruit juices, pith, peels, and some slight pine resin to top it off.
Feel is about medium, good crispness, fresh hop grab, no doubt, bitterness is quite grapefruity and lasting with a brittle parchness.
First few sips will knock your buds for a spin, but once adapted to the new surroundings, its a pretty decent, over hopped, unbalanced, IPA. Not for the faint of delicate palates on this one. Whooof-da...
I’ll take the Simcoe over this every time though. JK (6289) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 This is good. Straightforward with the hops. It is a good looking beer, thick head and cloudy like a hefeweizen. Aroma is hops. Flavor is more hops, and loads of them. The hop flavor is very intense, some citrus, cloves, spices, and a hop burn that is still with me a half hour later. Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2006
The smell is wonderful- like a forest of centennial hops. Looks beautiful- a darker orange with an ample head. The taste is, wow that is powerful. Lots of hops! Uh oh, yep too much. The aftertaste is like habanero and pepper. It burns quite bitterly. Unfortunately this becomes more a novelty than a beer. hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2006
Couldy and rich gold, tall soapy head. Aroma is filled with pine and grapefruit hop notes. The taste of this beer is...awesome! There is so much ine resin hops in the flavour, a bit of citrus tossed in and no taste of malt. Surprisingly, for how bitter this is, the beer feels balanced, or at least not so one sided that it is undrinkable. It’s hard to really describe the essence of this beer. A hop heads dream, a complex and wonderful beer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2006
204 pounds of fresh, wet Centennial hops, delivered fresh off the vine directly to the pub. Minimal malt, smallish alcohol, it’s all about the hops
and the bitterness, and it’s f*%kin’
A hazy golden appearance, definitely
unfiltered this one, with a rocky white
head, solid and stable.
Aroma is out of this world. Reeks of grapefruit, pine resin, etcetera, not a suggestion, not a hint, a huge slap of it, big, fat, and in your friggin’ face!
Tropical fruits abound as well, very vibrant, out loud and proud. Incomparable. Hol---ee---shite!
Tast dare we? yes!
Bam! SlamBoom, Bam! Big bitterness, huge fruit flavor, intense hop character, and it’s 100% Centennial. Imagine TwoHearted Ale mutated into some sort of 100 feet tall radioactive monster...and neither you, or the Army, or Slim Whitman can save any of us.
Drink it again, and once you get past the big, fat bitterness, it’s just delicious...absolutely and totally...Good God, this is Godzilla strding across the Pacific, whetting his chops, eager to bite into the California coast. It stil spills forth juicy fruitness, and pineapple and orange and mango, but the bitterness is so intense and utterly enjoyable, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever had.
Big body, long, very fresh and bittersweet finish, intract mouthfeel. Awesome.
You might think the drinkability would be low, but I had 5 pints at the pub before I left, and here I am at home with a freshly cracked growler, still able to taste, still reeling in the feeling. It’s that goddamned good!
This effort pushes the envelope as far as Town Hall has gone, and farther than most places have ever contemplated trying. Huge ’nads to pull this off...and mission accomplished. I will back as often as allowed to enjoyis nectar before we drain it all dry.