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Review by bakes on 11/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
Gracias to TipTop for the grallah.

Beautiful bright copper with a white head that, like most fresh hop ales, lasts longer than Aunt Martha's fruitcake. Almost unGodly aroma - intensely redolent of grassy, herbal, citric, piney, and yeah just plain dank hops. There's some faint malt back there, yeah, sure, but it's like trying to pick out the snare drum nuances of an Iron Maiden concert.

Starts with a toasty, slightly caramelly maltiness that's not at all what I was expecting... then the ripping leafy bitter hops kick in. The middle is a fine balance between leafy hops and caramel/tea leaf maltiness. Far, far more balanced than the aroma would lead you to expect, yet still full of that biting citrus/grass/pine hoppiness up front, mellowing to a slightly tea-like maltiness towards the finish but always with that grassy, leafy hop in the background to let you know who is boss. Wait a minute between sips, and enjoy the lingering floral, aromatic tea and hop flavor. Just beautiful. Mouthfeel is near ideal, with only a slight tingliness to detract ever so slightly. This would kill on cask.

A very, very enjoyable brew - I'm a huge fresh hop ale fan and this one is right up there.

Served In: Mug

Review by Dr. Rockzo on 10/27/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 11 17 4 9 2009
I had this on-tap at the pub this weekend and remember loving it...but not much else (due to drunkenness at the time). Thanks to Danimal and Alex for the growler hookup so I can try it under proper circumstances. Poured from a 64oz. growler with a MASSIVE turd of a hopcone floating in it into a Surly imperial pint glass.

A: Pours out a fairly clear orangey/amber/coppery color with a piece of the hopcone still floating in it (the rest is too big to even fit through the neck of the growler). A big-ass 3+ finger dirty-white soapy, frothy head builds slowly through the viscously oily body but has awesome retention, taking several minutes to fade into a chunky cap. Thick, coating curtain lacing sheets are left covering almost the entire inside of the glass. Freaking awesome, gotta love the hop cone factor too!

S: The smell is ridiculously fresh-hoppy right off the bat. It's loaded with cheesy-dank, floral, and spicy/grassy hops with a touch of citrus pith riding underneath. A semi-restrained backing of sweet caramel and toffee maltiness adds a sugar coating to the hoppiness, but general stays in the background. I think Chinook is in here, but I can;t for the life of me remember exactly what hop-bill was used. Either way, it smells DANK and just like a fresh hop IPA should.

T: I feel conflicted with the taste, as the hop flavors themselves are a bit less complex and pungent but overall it still tastes pretty killer. There's mostly a citrus pith and grassy quality upfront with a touch of cheesy-dankness n there as well. A quick dose of sticky caramel and toffee maltiness comes in for some balance before being decimated by more spicy/grassy hops on the finish. I'll bump down for once, although 4.25 would be my prefered choice (if a real option).

M: The mouthfeel is also immaculate, with a medium body and an awesomely soft level of moderate carbonation. The consistency is initially very sticky and coating but quickly is taken over by the juicy oiliness of the fresh hops with a fairly high level of accompanying dry bitterness on the finish that leaves me salivating for more. Alcohol warmth is perfectly hidden and overall it's just insanely juicy/oily and lush.

D: This is another growler I could drink solo and love every last drop. Almost everything about this beer hits the right chord for me. The aroma is stellar and the flavors and feel are intensely intriguing and enjoyable. I will be sad to see the growler kick, but I'm super happy to have sampled it multiple times.

I'm now 100% convinced now that MTH puts out some of the most consistently awesome hop-forward beers in the country. I've had awesome hoppy brew after awesome hoppy brew and they were almost all big hits with the sampling crowd. I'm already looking forward to the 2010 edition of this beer, it's just that damn good for me. Super recommended.

Price: $14.00 Served In: Pint Glass

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