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Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 12 18 4 9 0
Thanks go to Nanoslug for this one!

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color, almost brassy looking. Lots of floaters in here, they are just hangin' out - that's cool with me. One finger of soft, white head, displaying outstanding retention properties. A carbonation bubble every now and then finds its way from the bottom to the top. Fantastic lacing.

Aroma is all hops. Floral and fruity, pine and citrus. Grapefruit and pineapple, nice blast of conifer goodness as well. A sweetness pushes its way forward... honey. malts are back their somewhere, wrapping themselves in the whole experience and lending their balance to the whole equation - but this is all about the hops, have no doubt.

Oh yeah, all about the hops. Huge tongue abrasion of grapefruit and pine resin. Lemon zing to it. Very hop bitter - but that's what we want, correct?!? A mild sweetness way, way in the background, from the malts - barely enough, just to let you know that they are there. Some biscuit goodness as well, along with that field of freshly mowed hay taste on the back of the tongue. Grapefruit and pine, clear through the finish.

Medium in body, crisp, abrasive and assaulting mouthfeel. Very dry, moreso towards and throughout the finish. Carbonation is superb.

I really, REALLY enjoyed this. Cliche to say, but if this was available locally...
Excellent stuff. Slight warming hint at the ABV, but it is disguised quite well. Bold and brash, typical of a West Coast hop bomb. And this is every bit of that.... and then some.
Great stuff.
Thanks Adam!
A must try!!!

Served In: Pint Glass