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Review by bakes on 07/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
650 ml bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD. I love this company's bottle artwork.

Pours a brilliant gold with a tight white head that lasts and lasts and lasts. Smells nothing like fish, but everything like lupulin - grapefruit, lemon/tangerine, a sharp bite on the edge of it, and faint hints of gypsum over a honey/apricot/tropical fruit base.

Starts with an apricot and faintly dry caramel/toffee sweetness, then the hops decide to break down the door and come crashing in. Starts in with a bitter apricot, orange peel, pine and grapefruit hoppiness (you sort them out, but like laundry, all the clothes are there) that grabs the tip of the tongue, while a resinous, oily bitterness goes on like a coat of Benjamin Moore house paint, clinging, flowing, lingering. There's a toasty, slightly spicy malt/hop melange in the middle that gives way to a bracingly bitter finish, grapefruit rind and hints of earth and pine along with faint apricot. Hints of pineapple and papaya and passionfruit... it's like the IPA equivalent of a dry Viognier, full of bright, brash, tropical fruit with little lingering sweetness. Tingly mouthfeel seems to open the taste buds for more. Lingering orange rind and tropical fruit aftertaste still there minutes after the sip.

Reminds me a lot of a more aggressively hopped bigger Southern Tier Hop Sun, but not up to Uber Sun bigness. If you like bright aggressive hops, this could float your boat nicely.

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