savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Astoria Brewing Co. Golden amber in color with a small off white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, alcohol and a light soapiness. Flavor is very bitter and a bit harsh, there is a bit of caramel malt but the bitterness is definitely the main focus, some alcohol heat as well. Medium body with average carbonation and a tongue numbing mouth feel. This is a palate wrecker of a beer, so strong, bitter and harsh.
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Upon my first sip, I knew this beer meant business. Surprisingly bold ... and a little rough around the edges, albeit kind of tasty. Rich caramel and toffee. Slight acidic burn on the gums. Hops made me think of flower soup. Bitter bite in the finish and aftertaste. Good beer, overall, but I found it to be a little harsh and abrasive in some ways.
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub. Hazy light amber pour. Huge pungent, citrus hop nose. Taste is smooth crisp malt with a huge citrus hop bitterness. Good bitterness on the finish, nice brew.
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler into Imperial pint. BIG grapefruit citrus and resin hop nose. Nice caramel malt to balance. Crystal clear copper-orange, off white persistent head that leaves nice lacing. Medium caramel malt sweetness and a medium high resin and citrus bitterness. One second of malt on attack that is blown out by the hop rush that follows. Long bitter finish. Fairly dry, a touch of alcohol warmth. Medium body, assertive carbonation, cricky! Solid.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Cloudy orange with a dense white head, astringent hop aroma, less astringent hop flavor (pine) long bitter finish.
raphael (882) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big hop aroma, woody with citrus, & caramel. But the flavor a bit narrower, harsh hops, not quite grapefruit not quite aluminum, hops implied cause this doesn’t get fully nasty. Slightly hazy dark amber w/ a real creamy head.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Astoria Brewing Company--Bitter Bitch Imperial I.P.A.--2010 Release. On Tap at Brewpub and 64 oz. Growler purchased off tap. 8.20% ABV--100+ IBU’s. (4.5 / 5.0) Dense lacy off white head. Cloudy hazed rich dark amber orange color. Rich earthy sweet floral hop front. Crisp crusty hop infused resinous caramel pine earthy malty body. Balanced earthy mild citrus bitter hop spice clean end. Sampled 4/12/2010. Growler--$16.00.
DuffMan (6737) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub, also sampled at the Spring Beer Fest in Portland. Hazy red-orange with an orange-tinted head. Intensely hoppy aroma featuring citrus rind and mango, some coniferous undertones. Earthy toffee malt supports a rich bath of hop character: lots of tropical fruit and resin. Heavy mouthfeel, oily, with an intensely bitter finish. So good!
Dogbrick (8113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the brewpub. This brew is a hazy ruddy orange color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Citrusy hops aroma with notes of honey and pine. Medium body with a moderately hoppy character with piney and citrusy notes, along with sweet malt and honey in the background. The finish is hoppy with a tart citrus aftertaste. Pretty good all around, almost like Hopslam’s younger brother.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4919) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Portland trip. Sampled on draft at the brewery this beer poured a hazy caramel color with a medium sized yellow-white head. The aroma was strong sweet pineapple and grapefruit. The flavor was strong and crisp bitter grapefruit that had great oomph and a solid undertone of brown sugary. Long bitter hoppy finish. Fairly full bodied. Excellent.