barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up a 4 pack at a local beer store. Pours a hazy orange-amber with decent head and lacing. Aroma is full of hop character including: pine, citrus, freshly cut grass and possibly some cedar. Flavor is dominated by the hops. With a bit more malt sweetness maybe the hop bitterness would not have seemed so aggressive. Worth a try for any hop lover.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks! Hazy orange pour with a smallish white head. Piney hop aroma with some slight malty sweetness lingering around as well. There was more hop bitterness than hop flavor in this one and I thought that detracted from the overall drinking experience. Medium-thin palate that lacked the malt backbone needed to round out the intense hop bitterness. Tasty beer, just a bit one-dimensional.
Sir+Drinksalot (34) - Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Outstanding! Extreme on the hops; pine, pine and more pine. Grapefruit and very intense full lasting flavor. Burped up a small pine cone. I had this out of a bottle and very fresh. Very much like 3F Alpha King but in my opinion even more intense hop finish! Can’t wait to get some more.
Nejhleader (1223) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap at fatheads in pitt. Awesome brew. Nice strong hop/pine aroma. nice sweet hoppy taste, body was nice and thick, yet smoth, radical!
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 12oz bottle bought at the brewery in Battle Creek. Hugely grassy and pungent nose of cedar and freshly cut grass. Full, thick, juicy creamed orange tasted with an intensely bitter bite, almost salty on the tongue. Leaves the tongue tingling, but ultimately finishes smooth and creamy. One bottle I had was overly aggressive and another was much more creamy, so who knows!
roder60 (1283) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark hazy orange color with very small amount of quickly dissapating white fizz. Aroma is very citrusy - specifically sugared grapefruit, apricot, and candied oranges. Flavor is sweet syrupy alcoholy citrus fruit, caramel malts, and citric hop finish. Overall, very good.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of mj. Thanks, Mike! Pours a hazy, golden-orange color; off-white head with web-like lacing. Very dank, resiny wet hop aroma; tons of pine and citrus and grassiness; fresh and generous. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: resiny and dank hop character; grassy and herbal; dense hoppiness, well-balanced by a candy sugar and maple syrup core; some warming alcohol and further green grassiness comes through mid-palate. Lengthy, bitter grassy and herbal hops in the finish; a bit tongue-numbing.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Smokin Joes in Pittsburgh. Pours amber gold with an off white head. Nice aroma of piney hops and some sweet malts. Medium bodied with some faint stickiness. Initial flavor of toffee-esque malts that is countered by an aggressive grapefruit bitterness. The bitterness carries through to the finish, with some dry grassiness and some very slight medicinal note
pepsican (1440) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a perfect amber with a thin white head. Piney hops dominate, as well as grapefruit, orange, and other citrus. Taste is similar (big surprise) but man is this nice and hoppy. The malt doesn’t stand a chance, and with this flavor, I’m glad. Finishes bitter with a slight alcohol bite if warm enough, but still great. I’m surprised this scores so low.
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Deep amber-copper body, medium to thick off-white head. Sharp, bright citrusy hops aroma, punctuated by abundant sugars. Like a sweet hops pulp with medicinal undertones. The body is a potent herbal, medicinal hops tea with warming alcohol notes. The hops are a little over the top for me, but an ample, sweet but not syrupy malt backbone holds everything together. There is an interesting delicateness here unexpected in such a potent beer. A brew worthy of many more a sip.