elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3/10/08 notes: on tap poured into my Stein. Pours an orange-amber, nice color! Large head, about two fingers. Aroma is of mixture of fruits and flowers, perhaps mango-orange? Taste was immensely malty sweet up-front, a bit off-putting for an IPA. Sweetness dissolves to reveal a mild bitter finish with fruity touches, I think I tasted some ripe pear in there. This beer is nothing to sneer at, and quite enjoyable (I finished the whole stein quickly!), but I just didn’t see anything stunning about this. I like my IPAs crisp, fruity, and with sharp hop bitterness, this IPA straddled style borders with APAs and ASAs in a way I didn’t appreciate. Immy (1958) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 22, 2007
On tap at the brewpub, listed at 6.0% alcohol. Hazy gold with almost no head. Pine and citrus nose, mostly white grapefruit. Bitter, bitter flavor, primarily grapefruit rind. Some canned pineapple flavors. Medium full body, resiny and a bit oily. Turned out pretty one dimensional, but is a hophead’s dream. Somewhat dry, resinous finish. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Pours a cloudy yellow with a tannish white head. Smells of citrus and hay. Tastes doughy with nice citrussy tinges and lots of grapefruit on the finish. TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Growler: Cloudy yellow-orange. Head forms an uneven off-white ring as it quickly dwindles. Seductive nose of tangerine peels, baked bananas, apricots, and honeysuckle. Light hint of straw. Tiny-bubbled carbonation gracefully glides over the palate. Hops immediately blanket the palate with soft tongue-coating oils. Extremely oily, almost to the point of being chewy. Just lovely. Oiliness remains prominent, throughout, but it’s soon cut by a piquant punch of bitter grapefruit and plump mango, which intensifies on up to the finish. Pinpoint pricks of spicy hops also tease the palate. Hop character is ridiculously succulent, flavorsome, and bright, and boasts an expressive abundance of tropical fruit flavors, including pineapple and dried bananas. Mild peach-fuzz bitterness imparts a dash of acidity which arouses the appetite as it delicately skims the back of the tongue. Acidity exudes briefly, only to be snuffed out by the juicy and oily hop elements. Finishes brightly floral and amply layered with toasted straw and lightly nutty malt. Fuzzy yeast notes do muddle some of the brightness by imparting a mild astringency, and the aroma is a bit tame, but those are my only real complaints. Really wonderful hop elixir and certainly one the oiliest beers I’ve ever experienced.