jkwalking05 (3971) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber. Deep garnet with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of citrus, pine, booze, caramel. Taste is caramel, toast, pine, grass.
drjay44 (2767) - Salida, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium thick, tiny bubbled, well retained ivory head, with extensive lacing, over a clear effervescent, ruby brown (SRM 20) body......nose is pine, resin, citrus peel, tropical fruit including mango, light toffee/caramel, hints of cereal, toasted malts, minimal esters, balance to the malts......taste is sweet with tropical and dried fruit notes, hints of toffee/caramel, floral hop notes, with light spice, resin, pine, citrus peel, with a moderate lingering hop bitterness, balanced.....mouth feel, body medium, sticky mildly acidic, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is a rich, sweet, with great complexity in aroma and flavor, beer. It is well balanced. It is quite soft, with a light hop bitterness. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
alliance100 (841) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours a rusty amber . Bright citrus aroma . Some faint caramel sweetness with a nice citrus rind bitterness . Pretty tasty .?
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Mark_Eck (844) - - JUL 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber color. Aroma and taste are caramel, bready malts, and finishes with a mild bitterness.
UDBeernut (1896) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours red ruby, off white head. Nose full of citrus and pine, resin. Taste has a solid malt base, some caramel. Hippiness hits hard, moderate bitterness, citrus, pine, resin. Medium body with plenty of carbonation to keep it moving. Very impressed.
tmoreau (2626) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2014 Shared bomber poured to snifters, showing a cloudy, reddish brown color, with a modest layer of tan, head froth, and dots & dashes of lacing. The nose was caramelly sweet and malty. Medium bodied, the taste offered a bit of fruit, but as the aroma, was mainly pro-malt, with spice & dryness as rye would project, earthy & lingering hop bitterness, and some tannic astringency that was mellowed by malt sweetness and some alcohol warmth. Pretty tasty. Recently shared another bomber with friends, and found the appearance clearer, with a deep copper color, and a frothier cover. The aroma included initial dankness, showed alcohol at the ready, and added some esters as pit fruit, and a hint of cherry. Hop bitterness was earthy & lingering, but also possessed some citrus & rind. The body was still a little better than medium, with presentable carbonation, and a dry, rye finish. +.1
Bulk_Carrier (2308) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 I’m pretty sure this just came out this week as I see a bottling date of "best by 12/01/2014.
Hmm...an 8.5 percent American Strong Ale, yessir, night before Independence Day, hell yeah, let’s do this.
This was poured into a sniffer.
The appearance had a nice mahogany color with a thin to a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated within a good minute. There’s some light foamy somewhat sticky lacing but actually it ends up sliding after a bit of opening up.
The smell was extremely awesome as it had a very nice caramel to citrus to pine to lightly spiced. Holy shit! Where the (fill in the blank) did this come from? It ends up opening up just a tad of light grapefruit to assortment of an absolutely stellar balance all around.
The taste is extremely balanced between some awesome light bitter pine to grapefruit to extra tropical fruitiness just overtaking everything but still allowing a nice caramel strength to empower a certain boldness in the flavor.
On the palate, there’s no ifs ands or buts, this one sits just a simple straight up medium on the body. There’s not much of a sessionable quality to it as I found myself sipping this. For a super fresh Strong Ale, I find the carbonation to be fairly subdued but still good for the style.
Overall, wow, when fresh, ABC knocked this one outa the park, however given some of the previous reviews on this, I’m afraid to age it. Sorry, if I sound like a homer for giving such high marks, but if anything, drink as fresh as you can and many will see the same things I see.
hopscotch (9727) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Clear copper ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head that never completely dissipates. The aroma is a mélange of caramel, toffee and earthy, peppery hops. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and airy carbonation. Nice balance of sweet caramel malts, moderately tart acidity and modest measures of tannic and floral bitterness. Finishes bittersweet and tangy. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at APEX in Portland, OR on 22 May 2013. Poured a dark red with a dense off white head. Fruity aroma with some grapefruit, pineapple and some toasted malt. Initial flavours of pine, brown sugar and biscuity malt; a nice balance of hoppy and sweet malt flavours. Finish was equally balanced.
maxwelldeux (3864) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (from a grocery store). The hops in this taste old, unfortunately. I can get a little bit of citrus in there, but there’s a lot of "old hop" smell that really dominates the nose of this beer. Taste is a little bitter, but not overly so. I get a lot of grains in there, almost to the point of tasting rye. Interesting, though I wish I had it fresher.