Update 10/20/2012: I agree with everything I said a year ago in 2011. Except now it costs $3.29 a bottle, and could only get 1-12ozer. Wish I could have more.
A: It's color is golden gold, looks like real gold. It's got an ever so slight haze or maybe misty. White and soft small sized bubble foam with distinct lacing on the side of my pint glass.
S: Great initial reaction, got a huge blast of orange citrus, some tropical fruits in the background. Seems like more straw aroma notes than any big malty direction. Stacks up tall against big IPAs, and definately West Coaster all the way through the nose.
T: Extremely well balanced. First a full malt starts to wallow up, that's then very quickly over-run by a building hop bitterness, but that also quickly dials into a relaxed mind-melt of equalled parts. This brew is neither sweet nor roughly hopped. The 70 ibu's seems a perfect level to make this brew hopped up, but not over the top. The citrus is more of a feel than a flavor at this point. It's definately dry, but in sopisticated way. Finally, the mouthfeel is right where it should be for this type of beer, dead in the middle of light and heavy.
O: I don't know why I didn't expect more of this brew. Short sighted cause Founder's best plays are BBA caramely darks. Sure I'm guility on that count. First, this brew is very well crafted and balanced. And it's nice to have such a robust build in a 6.5% abv. While it starts out like a regular West Coast IPA, it's got it's own profile on the hop flavor. Less fruity citrus, and more woodsy floral. My only knock is the price of $2.50 for a 12-oz bottle. (Why are Cali brews so much less expensive?) Overall this an awesome variant of the quickly, expanding seasonal offerings of harvest or fresh hopped IPAs. You've can't say you've experienced the top of the harvest ales without tipping this brew.
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than selfish and worry about my liver.'" - Jack Handy