22 oz bomber thanks to the great spointon for a crack at this brew. I have heard a lot about this brew and all has been good, so why not give it a shot. The artwork is crazy in typical FFF fashion. Served this one up in my shaped DFH pint glass.
A: Pours a pretty dark orange that has some reddish brown hues to it. Held to the light, it comes through as a more yellow to really light orange color. The pour got me a little over a finger of pristine white head. The retention is just ok, falling to a semi-thick collar. The head that remains does create some really sticky lacing and really coats the glass well. The only thing that frightens me about this beer is the fact that I can see little to none carbonation activity. Freaks me out a bit. Still a good looking brew.
S: Smell is . . . well, quite hoppy. Getting a lot of grapefruit rind coming out here at th start. Then comes a really resiny pine, I mean some heavy pine. This actually smells like freshly cut pine. Then there is a slight medicinal and astringent smell. There is a slight presence of caramel, malty sweetness poking through, but its not toning down these hops. Very nice.
T: Yet again those hops shine. The pine is the initial flavor though. Lots of resin and green pine flavor. Then comes some of that citrusy and puckering grapefruit presence. That medicinal quality does come in a bit heavy in the flavor, but it works to cool down that pine and grapefruit. The malt once again pokes its head in to see whats going on but doesn't really contribute to the party. Just a touch of sweet caramel that soothes and rubs up against these hops. Really helps here.
M: Medium in body with a pretty slick and oily feel. Really coats with some oily quality. Carbonation is pretty light here which is a bit weird but it works. Makes this beer feel a little heavier, but still remains refreshing. This beer finishes pretty dry with a bit of ABV heat resting on the palate and at the back of the throat. Aftertaste is that medicinal hops presence.
D: This beer is pretty damned good actually. Its pretty much all hops, and its a hops lover's dream for sure. The flavor remains balanced as far as crazily hopped beers go. By balanced I mean the hops are balanced and really meld together well. The malt really doesn't stand a chance at all. Everything about this beer says quality and is really enjoyable. Easy drinking and actually sits pretty light in the stomach. Fine beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-07-2009 03:31:04