lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with hopdog. Thanks! Pours a dark amber color with average off-white head. Aroma is sweet of apricots, plums and caramel. Flavor is lightly citrus hops with lots of caramel and sweet fruits. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Quite refreshing... hides alcohol very well.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Marcus. Amber body with medium sized off-white head. The aroma is heavy caramel, some citrus and pine. The flavor is moderately sweet, toffee, caramel and resinous piney hops. Medium/full body with soft carbonation and a slightly astringent, bitter finish.
Darkover (1532) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a big beige head. Aroma of piney hops and sweetness. Flavor is very bitter and hoppy with sweet malt in the background.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with WeeHeavySD. Pours an amber color with a big fluffy off white head. Aroma of hops, pine and more hops. Taste is of caramel and bitter sweet hops. Has a strong grapefruit flavor that finishes very dry. Nice IIPA!
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer. This is almost like red ale concentrate. There is so much beer flavor per sip that it is almost overwhelming, which is not a bad thing. Worth it.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve been drinking this since thanksgiving, but i still donít think i can do this beer justice. out of the growler its come deep amber with a thick white head. candi sweet aroma with a healthy dose of hops. Flaqvor too has a complex sweetness balence with a solid amount of hoppiness. My last growler fill was the last of the season, and i canít wait till next year
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber, no date, though Iím fairly sure itís an í06. Pours a clear ruby caramel with a lively four finger head that takes ten minutes to fade enough to drink. Maybe I let this get a little too warm. Aroma of resiny, piney, and spicy hops, some dusty caramelly malts. This kinda reminds me of Founders Redís Rye. Flavor is a bit more straight bitterness and alcohol, though the hops are still apparent. A bit of toasty malts and some vinous charascteristics are in there as well. To be noted, ETOH isnít hidden too well. Finish is dry. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. Pretty good brew.
thornecb (5128) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a tulip. Fluffy off-white, long-lasting head. Deep amber color. Sweet malt and piney hop aromas. Upfront caramel with a hoppy, long-lasting bitter finish. Very well balanced.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle pours a light amber color with a huge foamy off white head. Very hoppy nose with great sweet accents of dark fruits and toffee. The flavor is an expression of the subtleties in the nose. The nice malty sweet notes come out in a nice creamy caramel nutty mouthfeel, but the hop balance is present and makes foir a lasting finish. A very nice beer and I will be trying to acquire more soon.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22. oz from Johns in Portland, OR. Great stuff. More substantial than the summer version, more complext than almost anythign else i have tried (save dreadnought or goose island iipa). Orange/copper/gold color, great thick persistent head. Perfect lacing on the glass as you drink, caramel and tofee greet you and huge hops kick your ass as you gulp it down.