jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a deep golden amber body with thin head. Aroma is a pleasant smell of citrus, resiney amd spring flowers. Flavor is a nice combo of citrus hops, sweet malt, and grapefruit. Syrupy thick mouthfeel and enough flavor to last the entire evening. Great job by Avery. If they toned this down just a little, it would make a great "everyday type beer".
thornecb (3977) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep orange amber into a tulip. White head quickly recedes to hug rim leaving spotty lacing. Orange and grapefruit aromas. Crisp, sweet oranges upfront turning to a full, dry, lasting grapefruit and alcohol burn finish.
dmac (3525) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle purchased at EZ Liquors. Mmmm mmmm good is what I really need to say about this one. Pours a great looking orange amber with a huge frothy head. Aroma is tons of sweet piney hops, toffee, citrus hops. Medium bodied that is has a syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Flavor is sweet overall with lots of toffee and what I can only describe as hop syrup. I have had DFH 90 Minute on tap before and this tastes pretty darn much like that, even more so then a bottle of DFH 90 minute does. I absolutely love the sweet/hoppy combination and this one nails it spot on. Ale to the Chief indeed and although this was the most expensive bottle I purchased on my last trip out I will be grabbing a few more of these bad boys.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008. Huge resiny and piny nose, some sweet toffee notes as well. Brilliant amber color with a large long-lasting head sea-foamy head. Deep toffee sweetness, spicy hop bitterness, great balance, alcohol is totally masked. Full carbonation and body, creamy texture, long butter caramel finish with just the right amount of hop bite. Very solid beer, full of flavor, complexity, and well made.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle. Poured a nice amber, white lace. Smells great, like fresh hops were stuffed into the bottle before capping. Hard to describe the flavor, but it’s very good, nice bitter finish. Good brew.
jarspag (601) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured on cask and on tap at Avery Brewing. The cask version really blew me away...this really worked well from the pump. Sticky, creamy, resinous, (tropical) fruity, happilly hoppy, and hints of sweet malts. This really did rock. We’ll see how the bottle turns out... (rating for cask). Tap around a 4-4.1
ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into pint glass. This has a big waft aroma of hop, grapefruit and pine. I’m surprised this is not labeled a double ipa, especially at 8+%. The flavor is huge. It is different than the Maharaja (avery double ipa) as this feels a little more creamy on the tongue and less sweet on the finish. This is a great beer and I’d love to buy and drink it again.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber in color with just a minimal head forming on the pour. Smell is all hops. Taste is more of the hops. Very balanced and a good amount of bittering. Medium feel on the mouthfeel. Had this with other beers and it was the best of the day. Solid offering from Avery.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a sparkling clear, amber color with a full, white, creamy, fluffy head which lasts quite a while and leaves some sporatic lace. Nose is pleasant but a bit simple with lots of spicy resins, light floral, hints at grapefruit, and a nice caramel backbone. Flavor is filled with hops but has a nice malt backbone of sweet caramels and some toffee; the resinous notes are dominant with lighter notes of grapefruit and orange peel, and the spicy, dry hop notes of the cascades bring a hint of mint leaves. Palate is medium, lively, a bit dry, and and faintly creamy. Bitterness is moderately high, even with the great supporting malt notes. The finish is long and just a bit dry with resins finally disappating, leaving some lingering light mint and toffee. I actually enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. Great malt base, lots of hop character, and everything with some sort of balance. I think I liked it more for the uniqueness of the flavors and the fact that the hops were dominant but still did not overpower the rest of the beer. It may not be put together as well as it could, but my palate is certainly intrigued.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pineapple / grapefruit aroma with hints of juniper. Flavor is resplendent with cedar and sweet malts and it has a clean, more piney finish.