Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 3585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably wonít like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.

ACHops' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (675) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2013
22 oz bottle, on a train! Pours deep copper amber with medium head. Aroma is sweet roasty caramel malts with a hint of hop spice. Taste is big sweet caramel malt, with the roastiness and bitter pine and grass hops coming out together on the finish. Malty and substantial, the 7.2% abv is evident. This is the standard bearer for American strong ales and probably the inspiration for many that followed. Still impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pabloscafe (19) - - AUG 29, 2014
I have start with a slight proviso...I had a few before trying this one and it probably...almost definately tipped me over the edge...I started dancing for crying out loud! Its a poky little number, drinks very well and I enjoyed it alot. I donít remember and especially lively aroma and its on the belgian side of ales style wise. Hmmm, will have to try it again to be sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
myuseraccount (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
Theyíre right, I donít like it. Beer doesnít have to be about a pissing contest. Iíve had far smoother whiskeys straight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1024) - - AUG 28, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-23-13- Served on tap in a snifter glass Appearance-Served a mahogany colored brew with ruby highlights shining throughout. Upon serving there is a one finger cream colored head that fades rather quickly to leave a persistent film on the top of the brew and a very nice level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell Ė The aroma is a nice mix of bready malts, caramel, and a moderate hop aroma. The hop while mainly grapefruit citrus in nature is also mixed with aromas of a pine hop aroma as well. Taste Ė The taste begins with a bready and biscuit base with a lighter caramel sweetness. Up front there are also some hop flavors of a pine nature. The caramel fades as the taste advanced with the pine getting stronger and more potent. While the caramel fades, fruit flavors of a light cherry and apple flavor come to the tongue. While the pine levels out in the middle, it is joined by a lighter grapefruit citrus hop flavor. This citrus grows stronger more toward the end of the taste with it, when mixed with the rest of the flavors, leaving a bitter pine and citrus flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel-The body of the beer is on the slightly creamier side with a carbonation level that is a b it on the higher side. The creaminess allows all the hop flavors of the brew a chance to linger on the tongue, while the carbonation level makes it easier drinking and more refreshing. Overall Ė A quite tasty brew. Itís on the hoppier side, but balanced quite nicely by the sweeter fruit, caramel, and more malty flavors of the brew. Its well know for a good reason; its quite a good moderate strength IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2056) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Aroma: Bittering Hops, Resin, Mildly Bready Appearance: Dark Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head, Great Lacing Taste: Bittering Hops, Resin, Bready Malts Mouthfeel: Great Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Drying, Mildly Bitter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (2164) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours deep red, nose is malty, fruity, taste is bitter, juicy citrus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GlasgowTAD (27) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2014
A very well represented bitter ale. Dark in appearance with a an an eggshell coloured head. Creamy on the palate. Smells of bitterness. Tastes bitter. Looks aggressively bitter, it is the menace it claims to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3057) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle At Barely Legal Tasting Room . Pours dark copper/ redbrown . Good white head . Smell is weak , bit of old-ale aspects, bit of bitterness . Taste is bitter, some old-ale aspects again . Bitter aftertaste . best to be descibed as an english bitter, with some old-ale maltyness . Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sjohnh (152) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Just back from France where Iíve been drinking lots of Belgian beer, so on my return I really fancied something like a classic English ale. And this is something like a classic English ale. It looks the part; reddy brown with a really good off- white head leaving lacing all the way down. Medium bodied, slightly creamy - could have been pulled from the cask in a small village pub, but was instead imported from San Diego by my lovely local beer shop. Not much aroma. Main flavour is bitterness at the beginning, followed by a bitter middle section and a bitter finish. Beneath that - malt, caramel, grapefruit, and more buried under the bitterness. If this had just been pulled in an English village pub, Iíd have another, even if only to try and pick out the other flavours lurking beneath the, did I mention, bitterness. And buried beneath the hype - a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Piotr (34) - POLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Taste of every dark thing that exists, coffee, carmel, whisky, cherry and so much more. perfectly balanced. Slight tate of alcohol, great appearance and great aroma. Really nice one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ametras (383) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2014
22oz bottle. Cloudy deep red with a frothy off-white head. Flavors are bread, caramel, sugar, resinous hops, pine, grapefruit and toasted malts with earthy and nutty notes. Medium to full body, soft carbonation, oily texture.

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