ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Pours a brilliant golden color with a white head. Aroma of pine, mandarin oranges, and pine. Smooth, creamy mouth feel. Upfront this is quite hoppy, with notes of grapefruit and pine. The initial hoppiness is balanced with a nice maltiness, making for a well balanced finish. Outstanding. omhper (25750) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2005
Bottled. Reddish amber, near no head. Lycheelike hop aroma. Roasty and dry with firm, clean, rounded mouthfeel that turns somewhat soapy in the end. Really hoppy, yet fairly balanced. Lingering bitter finish. A solid beer that scores high for being tasty and drinkable, but does not score the extra points for originality. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Bottle: Aroma seemed just ordinary mild hops. Nice amber body and off white head. Some lacing. Flavor was week at first but some balance of sweet malts came through in the finish. Drinkable and smooth. Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Great beer, great flavor. Real nice citrus notes along with some maltiness. Although it is called "hopback" it is not overly hoppy. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Poured a clear effervescent amber with a small off-white head. Clean hop aroma. Taste is citrusy hops, with a touch of sweetness and a very clean finish. Tastes just a few hops shy of an APA. Very drinkable amber ale... an excellent session brew.
walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2005
from the bottle . poured a nice amber with a off white head. aroma hops, and a small amout of malts, a touch of citrus like lemon, floral. flavor gotta like the hops nice and mild and the malts blend in there nicely.satisfied the hop craving. EKGoldings (668) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2016 I find a big difference if the beer is fresh v.s. aged. At its best, this is a nicely hopped ale where the hops win the battle with the malt. Hopping is quite nicely done.
Finally had this on tap. GREAT beer. Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Served ice cold draught at the Atherton Inn in State College, Pennsylvania. I had to down this pint in five minutes before heading out to a wedding. Hey, we all know that a little nip helps any wedding move along. The pint glass was also frosted. I’m sure that some flavors were lost due to the cold, but I still sensed that this was indeed a tasty brew. The hops (as the name suggests) were very strong. Before coming to ratebeer, I thought for sure that this was an IPA - goes to show what I know. The bitter hops, which were quite fruity and pleasant, were well-balanced by the sweet malt. Felt a little syrupy on the tongue but that may have been due to the extreme chill this was served under. All in all, another beer Pennsylvania should be proud of. MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Really nice hops and lemon aroma, good looks (very red), great frothy head. Flavor is a bit too dependent on hops, though, and doesn’t finish quite as nicely as I would have expected from this one. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 2, 2005
Thanks Santa! Pours a clear amber color, small vanilla white head. Aroma is of wonderful citrusy hops, lemons and oranges. Bready malt as well. Flavor is sweet hops, just loaded, A little bit of caramel malt balances the brew out quite nicely.