pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml. Big thanks to John for sending this our way... Pours a deeper shade of reddish orange caramel and topped with a creamy white head that dissipate fairly quickly leaving a thin film... Aroma of dusty tropical fruity sweetness, a little too sweet with a great deal of crystal malt... Flavors are mostly sacharine with a sweet tropical fruit emphasis. A slight medicinal bitterness surfaces on the backend. Somewhat sticky bodied and thicker than really needs to be. Flavor profile is nicely executed though.
deyholla (5374) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Kan, thanks! Pours a hazy orange with a white head that dissipates to the edges slowly. Aroma has notes of earthy pine with a slight must and backing sweet grains. Flavor has notes of sweet grains with just a bit of backing earthy pine. A bit sweet.
drewbeerme (3808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours red with white head. Aroma has nice florals and grass, good citrus. Flavors of grapefruit, citrus, melons, little sweet but good beer.
Roonai (245) - - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by kan, thanks! p is opaque chestnut w a thin white head that dissipated. Nose is clean brilliant hops w a sweet grain back.. taste follows suit showcasing the unique hop profile. Well balanced and yummy!
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is great. Citrus and carmalized fruits. Great body. Full. Pretty hazy. Balanced flavor. Hops. Sweetness and finishes dry and perfect. Great brew.
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Strykzone (4194) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. A nice looking beer. Mid brown and hazy . A nice thick big beige head. A citrusy aroma with applesauce and a hint of spice. A nice feel. I taste nice citrus that is complex. Peaches, applesauce, spice, and caramel. It is mildly bitter but only mildly. A Hopslam was put next to this and the 2bd Shift beer outshone it by a nose.
vyvvy (3419) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours lightly hazy copper/amber with a good sized beige head. The aroma has a hop presence that is like tangerines, pineapples, spice and some funkiness. There is some balance with mildly sweet caramel malt. Really pleasant. Medium / thick body that is a little sticky and has flowing soft carbonation for the style. The flavor starts off with more balance that expected. There is a hearty malt presence of sweet toasty caramel malt that would come across as cloying if there wasn’t so much of a hop presence. The hops come across a bit different than the aroma with the fruitiness still there, but toned down and a pine/earth/spice taste taking center stage. The finish has the hops coming out more and there is a lingering sweet sticky malt and resiny hoppiness that never seems to leave. This came out in the same week as Hopslam and Double Trouble and has no problem going toe to toe with them. Another winner from 2nd Shift.