boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Hood River Hops Fest... Poured amber with an off-white/beige-ish head. Chewy, full bodied with herbal hop characters. Mild yeast esters with hints of earthy leafy hops, malt, and had a clean finish.
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. tawny brown body, fine-bubbled tan head. pale and mild toast-focused nose with lightly aromatic grassy / wet / resinous hops but the wet cardboard and bready / toasty red apple malt mostly overpowers the hops. medium-light body; medium hop bitterness; bit crunchy / toasty brown malts; red apple skin sweetness late. simple, sweet, out of balance and a bit messy.
PapaSkeetSkeet (1009) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A single blended hop variety? Sounds nifty. Nice light amber. I get fresh berries and some mild citrus- orange and grapefruit- in the nose. Body is medium-thick, syrupy and smooth with a small carbonation presence. Sweet berry syrup flavor with a citra-pine bitterness that has moderate lingering. Good flavors, it could be a bit sweet and a bit thick for a single IPA style, I’d like a more refreshing version.
blutt59 (6552) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle, dark orange amber with some lasting off white foam and lacing, aroma is fairly plain, malty, some hops, flavor is better with good pronounced hop bite with mellow malt, finish is a little sour and bitter
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Strong hoppy flavor with a quick finish.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 9/26/2011. This IPA pours a medium to deep orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Medium to large sized white foamy head with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is floral and citrusy, with a touch of melon. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are citrusy and floral. Medium bitterness with a nice hop bite. Decent carbonation. A nice balanced IPA, no big hops, no big malts, just a nice IPA with a nice hop bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, but lingering.
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at Fremont Oktoberfest, Seattle, WA. Had to try it, new hop, new ipa so here goes. Nothing about this beer is awesome. Medium gravity, medium hop aroma, medium finish. The hop itself has tinges of passionfruit, a little candied orange aroma, and a piney aftertaste. Peaches and apricots make appearances in the flavor, but very little if any. A non-remarkable ipa, but worth a try just for the new hop varietal.
Cavie (4431) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle courtesy Fratto. Pours a hazy orange color with a foamy beige head. Aroma is light hops, spicy notes and some fruit. Flavor is spicy hops, light fruit with a huge bitterness. Light burning sensation with a bitter finish.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Clear bright amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of caramel, hay and herbs. Flavor is very bitter with a caramel and bready malt sweetness. Medium body with average carbonation and a slick, almost syrupy mouth feel. Nice beer to try out the new hop but I’m not a huge fan.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear copper with a quickly subsided head.
Aroma: Floral and citrus scents slight toffee.
Taste: Bitter piny hops juicy and earthy bitterness. A little soapy. Lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Thin prickly carb.
Overall: Meh. <--- My first reaction. I enjoyed the First Rotator IPA with Citra Hops. The aroma and body was lacking.