tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2007 On tap at the brewery. What a hoppy monster. Bitter as all get out. Tons of orangey hop flavor. Big citrus and pine aroma. Drinkable palate. Nice beer from my hometown brewer.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Murky orange ale with a big, off-white, orange-tinted head. Terrific, rocky retention. Tangerine, caramel, grapefruit and a rumor of pine in the nose. Malty sweet, fruity flavor up front; followed closely by great bitterness on the backside. Tropical and citrus fruits, toffee and grapefruit rind tannins. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Lengthy, earthy, then bitter finish. Excellent IPA. A boatload of thanks goes out to BBB63 for sending me the bottle!
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bonus bottle from the ever-generous BBB63 consumed on 9/2/06.
Off-white head perched precariously atop a fiery, copper-gold-ruby-auburn colored body, with a strong emphasis on the red hues. Even though, as usual for the Backroad bottled beers I’ve had, the head is flimsy, retention is poor and there is no lacing, the color is so striking and fairly unique for the style, as to almost make up for it. Clarity is medium-high, showing only modest filtration.
Light pine, still fresh and lively, licks the nose as a bit of pale malt sugariness enters to balance. Plenty of citrus grows strong, while a touch of candied-orange and toasted malt add complexity. Fresh yeast is apparent as well, as with all of their beers, being unpasteurized. Aroma strength is a bit on the weak side, however.
Soft, pale sugars sweeten the flavor moderately, as a juicy hop-fruitiness (cherries, oranges, ruby-red grapefruit) and light pine dryness build. Bitterness is not overdone, leaving more to flavor. Perhaps a touch too sweet for my liking, the malt certainly not being shown-up by the hops. What was unique, and very interesting, was the strong spicy character, I almost wanted to say cinnamon. Though it wasnt dry. Like a sweet cinnamon note, with definite clove/pepperiness as Mike notes as well. Pretty cool. Helped cut the malt sugariness anyways. Carbonation was pretty appropriate to start, though it always seems to lose steam quickly in bottle here. Soft, sugary, comforting body without all the crystal-malt hardness you’d expect based on the color. Alcohol was well-hidden. Thanks Mike!
Tmoney99 (9585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at IBGF 06. Hazy copper color with a large fizzy off-white head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate hoppy citrus aroma. Medium body. Medium balanced sweet flavor with a sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable breer.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The new IPA on tap at brewery: It is a bit darker in color, near coppery with a nice small frothy head and okay lace. The aroma is juicy and citric hops, caramelized and biscuity malts, some clove and pepper, and a hint of earthy yeast esters. The flavor profile is mostly bittering hops with a supporting acidic fruit component. Sort of sweet on the front of tongue but is there mostly for some balance. This new recipe is more balanced than the old despite an increase in Alpha hops. The mouth feel is lively and moderately aggressive. Good stuff.