HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a reddish amber. Very nice clean look to it. The nose is malt with some wheat and a little fruit. The taste is malt up front with a little apricot and wheat on the back. Has a medium body and a dry mouthfeel with a sweet dry finish.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Deep amber, moderate to large frothy white head, very nice lacing.   Candied citrus peel on the nose, otherwise some hop, pine, and sweetened grapefruit.   I would go so far as to say some caramel as well.   Sweet rindish start, citrusy, hoppy, with a caramel malt background.   This is pretty friggen tasty!   Very warming, almost too warming.   Some alcohol presense on the backside is very apparent.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Could stand to be a touch maltier to balance it out even more.   But as is, its not a hop bomb which I am very thankful for.   I think this as a Double Red is close, its not overly hoppy, however it could use a bit more malt.   As is, warming, citrusy, and packs a huge punch.   Thanks Ron for this California treat!
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum. Deep amber-red pour. The nose is really solid. Soft sweet malts with a lot of bright fruity/spicy hops. Fresh and hoppy with a lot of grapefruit/orange citrus behind it all. Chewy, resinous palate that alternates between grapefruit and pine. Sticky hop oils and softly toasted/rye-like malts. Bright and fresh - itís tough to say why itís so good, but it is damn good.
Mora2000 (5834) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to kaiser81 for sending this beer my way.
The beer pours a reddish-amber color with an off-white head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malts with some nice fruit tones. The aroma smells very sweet. The flavor is caramel and chocolate malt with a good amount of orange and pine hops. The malt backbone goes very well with the strong hop profile. Medium bitterness overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
brokensail (11284) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is amber though it leans more toward red than anything else. The head has a slightly tan hue and leaves some nice lacing.
S: A blast of dank, juicy grapefruit is the first thing to hit the nose. The intense citrus and pine hop aroma lasts throughout the sniffing process, and is mixed with some brown sugar and caramel.
T: The hop flavors, particularly the grapefruit, are not quite as bitter as I would have expected. There is a definite sweetness to the beer, provided by some caramel malts and a brown sugar taste. There is some decent bitterness on the finish, however.
M: A medium to full bodied beer (for the style, anyway) with a crisp carbonation and bitter finish.
D: The alcohol doesnít necessarily show itself in the course of the smelling or tasting of the beer, but it does make itself known (and not surprising at 10%). Still a nice beer, but it can sneak up on you.
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at RnH - very hoppy, astringent, toffee, nd sweet fruits. well balanced but theirs an odd component to the sweetness, which I canít quite label... Joe had something interesting to say about this. See his notes when he puts them up.
Leighton (11641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a rich, maroon-ruby with a sturdy white head. Strong hop aroma, some citrus, and plenty of sweet malts as well. Very sweet flavor, some dark fruit notes. Hints of bitterness sneak through the extremely sweet character of the beer. Body is thick and somewhat syrupy, with a lingering sticky finish. Really intense and really good.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. One of the best beers of the night from BP! Pours a nice deep amber red with a thin lasting white head. Aroma is very nice- big grapefruity citrus hops, some orange oils, and some pine needle and mango mixed nicely with a great balance of caramel and toasted malts, toffee and light sweetness to balance out the hops- not too sharp with the crystal malts either which was nice. Flavor is similar- mostly skewed to the mango tropical and grapefruity hops, some lemon and great full malty backbone without getting too sweet or sharp or harsh. Good hop bitterness- clean. Nice!
bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - APR 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap. Coppery amber pour with no head by the time it arrived. Predominantly hoppy aroma. Taste mostly bitter with some alcohol warmth. Very bitter lasting the finish. Not my favourite.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Poured a light copper. Nose is hoppy an a touch sweet. First thing I got was malt then a ton of pineapple notes and hops. Very bitter in the finish. Itís like a red strong. And strong it is, comes with some warmth in the finish. Pretty damn good.