Napa Smith Hopageddon Imperial IPA

3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20

adamjackson (259) – Canaan, USA – MAY 13, 2012

So thrilled that a west coast trader scent me such a great box of IPAs. Received this last week, put it in the fridge and now pouring into a Hill Farmstead on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. 

A – Gorgeous light red / orange appearance, SRM of 8. 2 Finger tan head subsiding quickly. 

S – Huge bitterness of dry hops right off the bat. Lots of big hop profiles, grapefruit, pine and citrus. So damn nice smelling. There’s a tough of oak and wheat. 

T – Whoa. Very very bitter! This beer is explosive but not long term. It hits you and then fades very fast. Not sure what technique was used but I like my hops to stick around for a while. The Chinook and Centennial hops are very easy to point out, bit of banana and apricots in here with a lingering dried fruit aspect on the finish. 

M – 50/50 carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body, smooth fruity finish. 

O – I don’t know if this beer was just sitting on the shelf too long or not but it’s drinkable. I’d like to have it very fresh. 

Napa Smith Hopageddon Imperial IPA

Napa Smith Hopageddon Imperial IPA

 

 

Golden Road Point the Way IPA

3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20

adamjackson (259) – Canaan, USA – MAY 14, 2012

Acquired in a trade. Canned March 12th, 2012. Put it right in the fridge and poured into a Hill Farmstead Glass 

A – SRM of 8. Golden orange appearance, some cloudiness on the pour that looked pretty resinous. Slightly off-white head of 2 fingers that subsided slowly leaving behind a super sticky lacing on every corner of the glass. 

S – Gigantic citrus notes. A hint of resin and a minor bit of pine but very little.Nice big hop characteristics followed by some herbs. 

T – Spicy Vanilla is what I get first. Peppered Vanilla? Not too sure. Backbone of pine, grass and tangerines. Lemon zest and some basil. 

M – Medium body, 80% carbonation on the mouth swish. Lingering orange peel taste 

O – Delicious. It’s a solid IPA with extra points for being canned. Would be a great fishing companion. 

Golden Road Point the Way IPA

Golden Road Point the Way IPA

Golden Road Point the Way IPA