LinusStick (2968) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beautiful American Strong by the #1 brewer around. Got at Vintage Estates in Ohio...the pour was a hazy burnt orange with a thin white head. Aroma and taste is all malt with a hoppy aftertaste that doesn’t interfere. There are definite caramel undertones as well. This is a beer I have been waiting for 3 months for and worth every second!
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
light amber mostly clear color, yellow gold at edges. big tall rocky light tan head. nice deep piney hop aroma, very pure. resiny pine cones too. flavor is deep and sweet caramel malty hop, both well balanced at the same time on the palate. aroma of super-dark fresh honey, carmelized hop buds too. lots of lively carbonation. hop bitterness comes in strong through the finish but not too powerful. thanks MoeJuck for this in trade!!
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this was quite a treat for me here in ark. and it didnt dissapoint. big hoppy and malty. very smooth and sweet with good amount of grapefruit in there. very tasty
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark amber, not quite red, coloured beer with a poofy cream coloured fine and beautiful head. Hops fill my nose with grapefruit, notes of sweetness with lots of citrus and a dash of vanilla. The body was wonderful, the perfect almost chewy but very drinkable weight. At first it doesn’t seem very complex, very strong feeling despite the alcohol being hidden. Its got a bunch of sweet malts to balance out the IIPA like hops. After more careful contemplation while drinking, there really is more to this, a bit of a peppery spice with quite a bit of PNW hop bitterness,
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, special thanks to CMUBEERMAN for flying this all the way to Tokyo!!! Pours red caramel, thin white head. Apricot, pineapple floral, vanilla, hops. Flavor is earth, citrus, hops, pine, vanilla. Quite complex and tasty.
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light brown or maybe a dark amber color with a v light tan colored head. Aroma was very hoppy and you could smell the bitterness. Citrusy and piney in the aroma. Flavor was sweet but it was so balanced with malt and hops. I like this better than the summer i think.
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a darker amber that remains a bit hazy with a huge, frothy off-white head. Solid lacing. Aroma is mostly hops, citrus and pine, even a bit fruity. Taste is sweet up front with lots of citrus hops, florals, grapefruit, and overall fruitiness. Some alcohol was detected, but remained smooth. A bit like an IIPA, but very pleasant to drink.
demitriustown (1118) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bomber via trade with WeeHeavySD (Thanks!). Poured it a Trappist style glass. Pours an apple cider brownish/red with a medium sized tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is a light dry fruitiness almost wine-like, with a nicely blended hop note, some pine, As I take another whiff I get more of the fruit in the aroma. As I take my first sip, It still has the wonderful dry fruitiness backed with a nice hop character. Ever so lightly sweet by a nice hop bitterness intermingled. Palate is surprisingly dry, somewhat sweet, and long lasting. Overall, this a subtle very well crafted beer. It just taste good and that’s all I need. Thanks WeeHeavySD.
mkgrenwel (601) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to bentley78. Tons of tropical fruit. Reminds me of a jolly rancher with that intense fruit flavor. Reminds me of Brian Boru and Cane and Ebel. Summit hops? Pineapple, passionfruit, intense strawerry. Should be incredibly cloying with all this sweetness, but it’s well balanced by a monstrous bitterness in the back. Malt is hugely overshadowed by all the hops, although there is a solid backbone giving it body, sweethess and balance for the hops. Unlike a beer like Hop Wallop, the hops have a leg to stand on. I’d like to be able to get this more often.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a nice dark brown color with a nice tan head. The smell is not overpowering, but I do note some pine smell in there. I also note a little spice in the back, but I can’t place it. This is very balanced, but I do catch the hops on this one. Definitely not overpowering. Easy to drink, but still enjoyable. Definitely a bit sticky in the background.