It's been 2-1/2 weeks since I bottled this beer, so tonight was my first sample. I had a bottle of the commercial version on hand so I could compare side-by-side. In a nutshell, the hoppy aroma was almost identical. The clone was a bit darker in color. The flavor was close, but I have to say, I actually prefer the flavor of the clone to the original. It's bolder and more robust, and although I am a fan of Red Seal Ale (and have been to the brewery/restaurant in Fort Bragg, CA many times) that is preferable to me. I think this recipe is a home run and highly recommend it. FWIW I brewed the extract version. As with the other commenter, this was my first attempt at dry hopping.
Reviewed by: Old Site Reviewer from United States.