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 (1395) - @ $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 (3111) - 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.
milewide (1315) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Hop mix is different from anything I’ve tried---and I like it! Hops are more European herbal rather than American fruit. Lingering bitter after-taste. Amber orange color and clear for an unfiltered brew. Medium body. Caught fruit in aroma of second bottle.
cheap (3655) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2007
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Smell is astringent spruce hops and latex paint. The look is jackanapes. Palate feels like a despicable medicine maelstrom. A sapanaceous experience on the taste buds. Overall; the euphoric perfect of hop sessions. Gimcrack!
LinusStick (2698) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice IIPA. Aroma was strong citrus and pine hops with a lot of pepper. Pour was a nice medium orange with a thin off white ring for a head that left quickly. Taste was strong pine and citrus hops with pepper poking at the tongue and a bit of malt in the back. This beer is hot but not as syrupy as some other IIPAs. Good carbonation for an IIPA which makes it extremely drinkable. Nice beer. In looking at the other ratings I guess the bottles haven’t hit everywhere yet. My sample was from a 12oz bottle.
Tmoney99 (9580) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at MBGF07. Poured hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with slick texture. Heavy smooth bittersweet grapefruit flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration.This is a standout beer.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2007 Rerate from bottle: Boy this is not nearly the beer I had this past summer. Quite phenolic and medicinal, urine on the nose and sugary in the body. FLAWED! Averaging the two different tastings: -2 aroma, -2 flavor, -2 palate, and -5 overall
MiBGF 07: The last beer of the Friday session and mostly worth the wait. A hazy muddled coppery brown hue with a small but lasting ring of foam. The nose detected a lot of grapefruit and pineapple esters, piney, clove, spearmint, major rye like vapours and even a hint of wood. The taste has a surprising balance not found within the aroma of spicy rye, citric and piney hops and a caramel crystal malt base. The mouth feel is lush and sticky with a long lasting aftertaste, moderate bite and warming too. YUMMY! I loved this brew and hope to have it again.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 On tap: The aroma is piney along with some pineapple and faint citrus hops. It’s a cloudy dull brownish-orange with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with lots of pineapple with some faint fruity sweetness. The finish has well balanced mild citrus hops. Very tasty.