ravens_n_beer (23) - - SEP 3, 2013
Very pronounced flora aroma. Amber orange color with finger and half light tan head. Laces the glass all around. Hops abound! Very nice bitter taste. Feels clean on the tongue with a lingering hops taste which I love. It is not for the Pilsner aficionado. Hop heads will find this quite to the liking. Overall a very good IPA. WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Has a nice citrus aroma with a golden amber body and small white head. Goes down smooth with a bitterness. johnbuck100 (306) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2013
case purchased from troegs the day of release. This is a hop bomb. a true bomb. fresh hop oils and citrus abound. your palate is overwhelmed with hops. very heavy and sweet/bitter. very recommended. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2013
Amazing hop aroma with pine, grass, and lemon zest. Brilliant And complex. Pours super heady with nice amber and carbonation. Taste is equally hoppy with great pine resin. Just fresh and amazing. jmm635 (1015) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Clear orange in color with a thin white head. Nice drippy lacing. Indeed a hop bomb! Really fresh pine scented hops. Dank and juicy if that’s your thing. Sweet upfront but finishes bitter. Really good hop flavor without being dry. Excellent!
Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2013
12oz bottle pours with a deep gold body that supports an off white head of foam. The aroma has a mix of booze, resiny pine hops and a nice degree of malt sweetened citrus hops. This is a thick yummy aroma that doesn’t mess around. The taste bashes you with thick citrus hop flavor and malts and a fruity slightly bitter peach like note. It gets nice and resiny with pine hops to midway with a touch of booze around the edges. Really nice rich full hoppy goodness here. This doesn’t mince words, try it. bierkitty (167) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
This is all about the hops. Aroma of fresh hops, citrusy and tropical. Pours amber gold with a little hop haze. The flavor is hops, hops and more hops without the excessive bitterness. The bone dry base beer is the perfect hop delivery system. Stealth IBUs are hidden under the smoothness. Delicious and guzzleable. Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2013
This one poured a bright orange color with a beige head. Aroma was off lots of oranges light tropical fruits and other citrus hops. Flavor was similar very bright and vibrant lots of orange taste in other free the hops. A great harvest sale Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 29, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-17-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer was served a golden color with a one finger of foamy white foam on the surface of the brew. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a wonderful level for streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma was a nice blend of tropical and citrus fruits with a nice hop profile. The tropical fruits are of pineapple, melon, and mango while the sweeter citrus is of tangerine and orange. The hop aromas have a lot going on with a good dose of grapefruit citrus, some pine and a nice blend of grass and some floral notes. There is a bit of a biscuit aroma in there as well, rounding out the aroma and producing a rather sweet and hoppy, but balanced smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice sweeter tropical fruit nature blended with a little bit of a bready flavor. Straight from the start there is a nice hop presence with a grassy and pine hop present upfront. A little bit of yeast is there from the start as well, fading quickly from the taste as it advances. The grapefruit and pine remain relatively constant throughout the taste and are later joined by some floral and grapefruit hop flavors. The bready nature of the beer picks up a slight bit at the end with the fruit losing a little bit of strength. The combination of flavors, in the end, leaves a nice smooth semi-sweet flavor with a great blend of hop flavors to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The average body is great for an easy drinking feel, while the lower carbonation helps create a smooth feel that matched the flavors at the end of the taste very well.
Overall – This was a very tasty IPA and one I hope Troegs recreates at some time. If you have a chance, I would definitely recommend trying this one. Very flavorful and very smooth. orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2013 Served from a firkin dry hopped with Columbus hops during the Full Moon Firkins event.
A - Pours hazy amber orange with a creamy one finger tall white head leaving spotty webs of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of pine resin, tropical fruit, fresh cut grass, a bit of caramel malt sweetness and some light earthiness. The hops are strong from the start but it gets more balanced as it warms to room temperature.
T - Starts off with quite a bit of grassy hop bitterness slowly giving way to the pithy tropical fruit, sticky pine resin and some balancing caramel malt sweetness. Finish is surprisingly clean with only a little bit of lingering hop bitterness. The cask really helps to balance out the flavors and adds the typical smooth feel, making it very easy to consume.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, hoppy feel with a bit of backing sweetness. The feel is great and the booze is non existent.
O - This one really worked for me. The hops remained strong throughout and the smooth feel from the cask made it super easy to drink. I look forward to trying this one on draft when it comes out in the coming weeks.