Pours clear with a couple of inch of off-white (slightly orange tinted) thick foam. Retention is pretty good with a frothier head resulting from the receding of the foam. Lacing is thick, sticky, and web like.
Note: bottled on March 11, 2010 which may affect the nose and taste characteristics of this tasting.
Aroma has a strong hop presence and a sidecar of sweet malt. The hops have citrus, pine, and some tropical fruit. There is also some resin that seems to come from a bit of aged hops.
Taste is more malty than this should be, so the hops age seem to really affect the taste more than the nose. Bitterness is in the middle to the end and lingers a bit. Resiny hops are there but now the beer is more malt forward than I can imagine it was designed to be.
Medium body and about the same amount of carbonation make the beer somewhat easy to throw down for the alcohol level.
Like any hoppy beer this needed to be drank fresh. It is my fault for not paying attention to the date it was bottled when purchased. I think a fresh one of these would be a wonderful explosion of hopdom. Enjoy!