BucannonXC5 (1082) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Stone Ruintation IPA pint glass
From: Whole Foods Market in La Jolla (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: July 23, 2013
Consumed: July 24, 2013
Misc.: Ingredients and directions located on back of bottle
Poured a dark reddish, caramel color with 2-to-3 fingers of tan head. Sporadic, spider web, foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Good, thick retention all the way down. Almost porter-like.
Smelled a healthy dose of floral hops, amber malts, caramel, toffee, faint chocolate, dark fruit (plum?) and some earthy malts.
Tasted a bit stronger than the smell. Also earthier and maltier, and surprisingly bitter. Hops - floral, grass and rye, malts - caramel, toffee, faint coffee beans and toast.
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, bitter finish. Can taste all of the 7.0 percent alcohol.
This beer just didn’t get better. Quite the opposite actually. By the end I was wanting to get it over with. Pretty good value for $4.49 though.
GoForShlomo (47) - - JUL 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Gorgeous dark red appearance; pleasant light hops and caramel aroma; smooth hoppy taste; fizzy on the palate with a quick finish; overall, another great Ballast Point beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Tony’s Darts Away. Clear amber to red pour with good tan lacing. Nose is sweet cherry cordial, dark chocolate. Spicy pepper and tootsie roll with red cherry and dusty bitter cocoa in taste. Neither sweet or harshly bitter. Finishes with a big pepper bite. Long, hefty, nutty bitter back end. Approaching tea tannic. Has herbal tea character though that doesn’t distract thankfully. All around drinkable for a style that I rarely enjoy.
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mostly clear copper hued body with a medium sized just off-white head. Moderate retention, good lace. Aromas are of crystal malt, iced tea, piney and resiny hop character with mild citrus and dank notes. Floral, light ester. Grassy dry hop. Flavors are malty but somewhat dry. Resiny finish. Iced tea and crystal malts. Medium bitterness, relatively neutral balance. Medium-full bodied, medium to medium low carbonation. Grassy finish.
swoopjones (6908) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at blue monk, deeper amber pour. Nice lacing. Rich maltiness, red ale characteristics bu really hopped up. Citrusy bitterness. Bigger mouthfeel. Pretty much an amped up amber.
Theydon_Bois (12687) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Ginger Man, NYC, 18/05/13.
Clear copper amber with a thin beige head.
Nose is floral hops, caramel, sugrs, bread dough, honey.
Taste comprises caramel malt, hops, biscuit, sugars.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet finish with some bitterness.
adamah (214) - - MAY 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: pine, citrus, caramel, toast.
Appearance: Amber with moderate off white head.
Taste: Like an IPA, substantial hoppy bitterness with some sweeter notes on the back end.
Palate: Medium bodied and a little oily.
Overall: Love! Everything good about an IPA with some malty toasty elements of an amber.
JohnnyJ (4910) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Red amber pour, with a caramel colored head. Toffee sweetness, grapefruit, citrusy hops, mild bitterness, and a bit of toast. Pretty good, although I think I would call this an American Strong Ale, not amber.
OldGrowth (2913) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pint at Tylers Apex. good aroma, sweet. caramel, pine, lemon. clean brownish orange color. good head and lace. bittersweet flavor. medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bittersweet finish..pretty darn tasty. like sweetness about it..
jredmond (6284) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Ginger Man with Max, James, Colin and Dave. Pours a deep amber red body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, vanilla and light booze. Mouthfeel is medium to creamy with lots of malt dominating the palate and some backing notes of vanilla, creme, sweet fruits and very light hop.