chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Drank from a growler provided by Alex into a perfect pint glass... The body is a clear medium copper peach with a really nice off white head. An awesome cap forms, good lacing, looks great... The aroma is mostly hops of dank and catty variety, reminds me of Columbus IPA. Not over complex as I don’t get much malt, a hint of citrus only... The taste is on with nose, catty dank hops from the start to finish, a bit simple but I like it. The hops become a bit waring after a while, they seem to get stronger. The alcohol is well hidden but one glass was enough for me.
A good beer worth having, I’d gladly drink one on tap. Just couldn’t get a second helping. LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Winterfest 11. From notes. Very similar to Big Ben (also from town hall) to my palate, only the hops are even more over the top. Hops are slightly overpowering here, the malt bill really cant hold up in my opinion. Slightly thin, obviously very bitter. Hop flavors and aroma are nice though. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Sampled on tap at the brewpub (Minneapolis, MN). On cask. Pours a nice glowing golden hue, darker with a touch amber, a frothy offwhite head stays small. Aromas are a melange of tropical fruits, bubblegum, pineapple, and grapefruit. Some pale and bready malts. Initial is smooth and clean, with big tropical and peachy hop presence, a great frothy head laces well. Big fruity and bubblegum. Nice hop complexity, solid pale on cask with tasty qualities, a sweeter fruity hopping with ok bitterness. The cask element brings the flavors forward a bit more, gentle foamy carbonation, a fairly clean lingering light fruity hops on the finish arminjewell (9585) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2011
The typical hop bomb from Town Hall, but done right. Poured at winterfest ’11, nice deep amber with stark white head, aroma had big notes of pine, resin, some grass, and a touch of citrus. Taste was a blast of chewy pine and resinous hops, touch of bitter orange peel, but had a nice malt backbone with a touch of caramel, finishing harshly bitter. Excellent. undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Pours mostly clear amber with an off white head. Aroma of grapefruit,pine,citrus hops. Taste is the same with a really nice assertive bitterness that gets more aggresive the more you drink it; Not much for balance here, but if you like hops, and nothing but the hops, this one is for you.
islay (2677) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
The fourteenth beer I sampled at Winterfest 2011 in St. Paul on 2-4-11. Approximately 2 oz. pour. Pours an amber/bronze/copper with a moderate amount of near-white head. Really nice aroma of Pacific Northwest hops. Pine and citrus scents. Great, piney taste. Medium to heavy body. Smooth in the palate. Strong in every category. This is my kind of beer! HMF received my vote for the Snowshoe Award as best beer of Winterfest (Surly Pentagram, my close second choice, was named the winner). This was the last beer of the night that I rated, though I sampled several others. DalzAle (2036) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Tap. Rich yellow pour, good carbonation and a strong vanilla hops aroma. Flavor good sweet grapefruit, orange, dry hops, good balance of malt and finished with a solid and sweet bite on the aftertaste. This stuff is incredible. mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
On tap. Copper in color. Light aroma of caramel and citrus. Nice bitterness in the flavor, slight pine, pineapple, some grapefruit present too. Nice bitter finish. Still a good amount of caramel present to keep this balanced. Really enjoyed this. kbutler1 (1381) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Draft. Poured into a pint glass a clear golden color with a 1 finger slightly off-white head. Fairly strong aroma of citrus rind nose along with a subtle sweetness. Medium mouthfeel. Semi sweet start gives way to nice building hop bitterness. Citrus rind flavor lingers. Not bad. Minimal lace a head retention which surprises me for this being such a hop forward beer.