anderson01 (292) - Idaho, USA - JAN 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear appearance. Burnt orange color. Minimal head that collapses quickly. Perfect lacing. Aroma is weed, honey, orange, and cooked peas. Light bodied. Thin texture. Taste burnt coffee. Long bitter finish. Slight cocoa flavor. This is a good beer but does not compare to top cutter.
Beerdrinker79 (1861) - Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
32 oz crowler- Pours cola brown with a nice off white head that holds nicely leaving thick cobwebby lace. Aroma is fresh citrusy hops, very clean and appealing, some caramel malt mixed in with all those hops. The taste is a bit more of a winter warmer, only with a strong hop bite, creamy caramel malts, bitter hops, still very clean and tasty. Carbonation is a bit low, body is medium but fairly thin for the style. Very good, a winter warmer with a Bale Breaker twist, i like it.
ACHops (1084) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours clear dark brownish caramel with medium white lacy head. Aroma is mild sweet nutty malt, crisp resinous hops take over midway through. Taste is clean dark caramel malt, although much less so than the nose. Big dank earthy hops dominate, dark citrus and pine notes standout. A bit of an odd style, the winter DIPA, but this is solid. Would like to have a bit more malt flavor to stand up to the heavy hops here though.
fiulijn (17458) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Happy’s Market, Ellensburg, WA
Beautiful amber color with compact head. A rich malt and caramel backbone, moderately sweet, with strong quality hopping.
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Capones, an evening destination for TvM’s Bachelor Party NW Ale Trail Expedition. Clear, deep tea-amber, small white head. Caramel malts, a touch earthy, some tea, nice citrus hop character, moderately bitter finish. Quite nice.
Oakes (14042) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber-brown, rich head, sweet toasty malt with orangey notes...Christmas orange...light crystal malt.
Ferris (9756) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Lots of pine and caramel. Clear copper with a rich beige head. Balanced hoppy and very nice. I don’t get any of the chocolate or spice though.
mcberko (11165) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Seattle Winter Beer Festival 2014, pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma is pretty hoppy, with notes of Christmas spices, piney hops, and some bready notes. Flavour brings out lots of piney hops, along with bready, biscuity malt. Nicely balanced, with everything in good proportion. Good beer.
after4ever (7044) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Last Drop. Pours a murky dark amber with a dense and creamy light tan head that sticks around for a while. Big sweet grapefruity nose, very juicy and acidic, with moderately toasted caramel under that. Sticky thick body with lively carb. Sweet and tangy, lots of caramel and grapefruit on the mid palate. Dark, nutty, slightly earthy malt qualities as well. Big, forward, bruising ASA that actually drinks very smoothly and fairly cleanly. Most enjoyable.
andrewje41 (2035) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bobs in Yakima. From notes 11-14-14. Pours a reddish copper color. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Really smooth flavor entirely throughout. Nice bitter hop presence in the finish. Long lasting, lingering flavor. Love the balance between hops and malt. Definitely stays true to the name, as it was about 20 degrees out when I was enjoying this, and I was doing just fine. Good stuff here.