JK (6158) - 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. muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Sampled draught at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis, October 7 2006. Faintly hazy gold with a thick lasting white head....just massively fresh hoppy nose, lots of citric acidic character but it settles down quickly into something like a grapefruit-creme candy with whiffs of wet spruce, ending up fairly soft, inviting and sweet....until it hits the lips which sense the strongest fresh orange/grapefruit juice texture that they’ve ever experienced, tongue-numbingly acidic and bitter, endlessly continuing through to the long, long finish....thankfully there’s just enough light pale malt to carry through and keep it readily drinkable. Pretty terrific. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2006
Lovely orange. Good cream head, dense. A pretty amazing sense of hoppiness, vibrant, attractive aroma. But the flavor is too intense. Incredibly long lasting bitterness. It being on cask added a great dimension that wouldn’t have been there. This pushes hops as far as I’ve seen it, which may or may not be a good thing. (cask at brewpub) JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 12, 2006
A huge thanks to footbalm for getting this beer to me. Deep golden color, lightly carbonated with tongue biting bitterness, this brew was great w/ spicy thai food. Be forewarned, it’s a bit one sided in its flavor: there isn’t anything in the way of maltiness to balance the hops.So, if you want a hop assault, this one does it nicely. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Gold Color with Orange Hue. Off White Head. Bittersweet Very Fresh Smelling Hops. Medium Bodied with a Hazed Hop Mouthfeel. Subtle Pine and Ctirus Notes...Fresh Dry Hop Flavor..with a Light Wet Hop Flavor Also...Light Sweet Malt Taste in the Background, Balancing out the Hop Dominated Flavor..Very Solid and Just Balanced Enough to Enjoy the Fresh Hop Flavors.
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.
pinkzambia (1931) - 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! Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Golden shaded brew with a creamy head. Aroma is sweet, floral, and even seems to boast the "freshness" of the centennial hops. Some spicy sensations on the tongue are vegetal like bell pepper. Absolutely bruising in its bitterness and perfect to complement the brisk outdoor winds of fall. A campfire could have made this better as could have a bit of malt to solve its balance issues. So, it’s a good, aggressive brew, but it’s too one-dimensional and not as impressive as the Simcoe or Centennial pale ales. 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. tennisjoel (1458) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Winterfest 2007...Hazy colored pour. Heavy grapefruit and citrus nose, very enticing. However, for me the goodness kind of stops there. The massive bitterness detracts from this brew and is rough on the palate IMO. I think two hearted uses a lot of centennial hops, but it is much easier to enjoy. Just a little too bitter; which is surprising for a hop head like myself.