timbeer (69) - Rosemount, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with MatSciGuy
Pours a deep amber color, clear but some floaties from the residue on the bottom (no problem for me). Lasting whitish head with decent staying power. Aroma all hops, piney, resinousy, mild citrusand a touch of floral. Taste is a good balance of malt sweetness, great flavor from the hops that is a nice bitterness - not bracing but smooth.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange amber, floral, orange, malty, spicey, caramel, piney, little earthy, slighty yeasty.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] brought back from S.F. Pours a nice orangey amber with a finger of sticky beige head. Aroma is grapefruity with some pine resin, and a touch of florals. Flavor is pulpy orange, some sweet malt backbone creates a rich mouthfeel, some spiciness, and a little bit of yeast character.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to my bro for hooking this one up! Pours a rich coppery color with medium offwhite head with nice traces of lacing. Aroma is of over ripe and slight acrid fruit. Some tropical fruit and citrus come through. Taste is citrus, earth, lemon and mild malt. Full bodied and astringent, this beer is a let down.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tThanks to alexsdad06 for this! Pours a copper color with a medium frothy white head which leaves lots of bubbly lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, and some floral characteristics. Taste is some nice citrus hops, grapefruit........but there is a weird bitterness and some astringency. Itís just not too smooth. Solid overall.
JaBier (6892) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Semi-opaque copper pour with a big white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops with a malt balance that almost has a hint of creaminess. Citrus hop flavor with a sweet malt balance and the bitterness lingers on your tongue. Very well done.
bierkoning (12288) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from FlacoAlto, thanks! Orange blonde color. Grapefruit and melon in the slightly perfumed oily hoppy aroma. Very firm oily grassy hopbitter flavor with grapefruit and pineapple, lingering on in the long aftertaste. Some plastic in the finish. Well balanced ale.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a shaker. This IPA poured a slightly hazy amber with a creamy head of beige foam that left some decent lacing around the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh tropical fruit, tangerines, peaches, and an underlying note of caramel. The flavor was vibrant and full of fresh tropical fruits. Grapefruit, tangerines, peaches, and some light mango. Also a touch of light caramel/toffee. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and had a slight oiliness. Lightly carbonated. One of the most flavorful IPAs I have ever tasted. Excellent!
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2010 Bottle. Thanks to Marsiblursi. Golden colour with a white head. Grape, pine, black currant, vanilla, tropical fruits, malty background, very hoppy but balanced. Dry finish. Very nice!
MrBunn (2729) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Alright, so this better be pretty damn good at $10 per bomber. Lots of anticipation. Aromas are sure aggressive and hitting me with sweet citrus as Iím looking at the color from about three feet away. Kind of a hazy orange/amber with a pretty decent head. On closer inspection, aromas are thick with tangerine and pineapple with a little bit of floral hops as well. A bit of a caramel malt presence is also detectable in the nose. From smell, my fear is that this will be awfully sweet and thick. NOPE. Itís dang good... a lovely mix of caramel malt and hops that balance it out nicely. Too bad they donít make affordable beer out there at Alesmith (or too bad that my damn distributors are raking us all so nicely over here.) This would be pretty hard to improve on.