jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2007 22oz bottle, pours a decidedly reddish copper color, bottle is well balanced with a nice long finish, nice and solid from Alesmith, cant wait to get my hands on the summer version.
Aged Version: Meh, the hops have faded and melded into a nice balanced beer with little to no resemblance of a IIPA the malts are really shining here.
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from the brewery. Copper color with strong off-white head. Powerful beer all around. Complex aroma of sharp hops, cinnamon, caramel, dark fruit. Aroma starts with cinnamon and caramel malts, then grapefruit hop bitterness. Well balanced, alcohol is hidden well. Excellent.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks Dad! I’d been looking forward to trying this one and actually didn’t know what I was drinking when I started tasting it. It wasn’t until I was partially done that Duane told me what it was! I got excited just looking at this one though. Big, fluffy head and a great dark copper hue. Strong hoppy and slightly spicy aroma. Very malty and well balanced flavor with just a hint of spices. Another solid brew from Alesmith. Even though I enjoyed the summer version even more than this one, this was still a treat to drink.
bmartin08 (12) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice amber with a frothy white head. Smells of hops and citrus. I am getting a very nice grapefruit kick on the palate. A bit carbonated to start but changes quickly and softens out as it warms. Very much a west coast tasting beer. I really enjoyed this one.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 4, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of apples & pears, berries, alcohol, plenty of spices including cinnamon. Pours a sparkling copper with a lovely slow cascade. The monstrous rocky beige head is frothy and fully lasting with good lace. The brew has a malty but well balanced front followed by a sweet warm middle with moderate acidity. The long finish takes time to develop in the mouth. Much tartness & sweetness at all stages. The medium body is sticky & fizzy at first feeling cloying. This changes with warming to soft and dry.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a nice medium red color with lots of hops and some malt aroma. Very citrusy aroma. Great medium malt body that is both rich and light on the palate. I dont know what they did with the hops in this but they almost give you a tingly feeling all over your mouth, bitter, floral and citrusy. Almost an Imperial Ipa but not as bitter. Very enjoyable beer.
undsioux7 (871) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber. Pours copper/red with a big off white head. Aroma of big sweet malt and spicy hops. Hits you up side the head out the gate with the sweet candy malt and finishes you off with some citris hops. There is some spice, floral, grapefruit and alchohal thrown in the mix as well. This one confused my weak little pallete and left me on the side of the road like a diry hooker.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz. bottle bright red color, thin tan head. aroma of nuthin but hops, west coast style. super sweet malt, citrus hop flavors. very strong. finishes like a bitter malty port, sweet. medium-heavy bodied. aromas with matching flavors of cherries, pineapple, caramel, vanilla
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a difference aging makes. The first bottle I tried was aged about a year, and I thought it was one of my most favorite beers. Today I am trying a young version. It pours with a huge head. Moderate strong floral hoppy smell. Nice tea color. Slightly bitter and thick. I am disappointed with my total score of 3.7, but aged it was more around a 4.3.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours with an orange to copper color with a nice head. Aromas of fruit and psices, flavors of maltiness and toffee, combined with floral hops, spices and some orange peel. Very complex and smooth. Just enough alcohol hotness to warm you up. Excellent