JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden clear amber color with nice creamy head. Carbonation bubbles are apparent. Bitter hop flavor with some alcohol and caramel taste present. Very nice red.
TheEpeeist (3189) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Clear russet with an off-white coating. Nose is marmalade, biscuit and candi with hints of red berries. Medium light with a mild buzz. Taste is caramel, maraschino, grass and increasingly, grapefruit peel. Nice bitter bite. I liked this one.
neepsntatties (1114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from a bottle from "hannont". Colour... DARK amber. Nose... Hop central!!! Palate... Whoa! Hop-o-mania!! Geeeeeeez!!!! Feels like a pirate just cut out my tongue and fed it to a litigator!! Makes most West Coast IPAís feel weak, in comparison. YOW!!
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Red-brown with a creamy beige head. A piney and spicy hop nose with light alcohol and toasted malt and caramel. The flavor has a lot of classic pine and grapefruit hops and a fat caramel and toffee malt balance. Very bitter and pretty dry for how malty it is. There is a little alcohol in the finish, but the burn balances the malt well. Very enjoyable, with a medium body and creamy carbonation that is perfect for this beer. I love how they got lots of malt flavor to balance the hops, but attenuated it enough to have just about as lean and drinkable a beer as you get at this size.
danielcurtis81 (1517) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice red brown with a huge off white head. Nose is pineapple, hops, and malts. Flavors are hops, perfume, sweet candy. Mouth is really bitter. Not a great bitter. Still a decent beer.
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, no date from South Bay Drugs. Clear dark reddish brown with a two finger creamy light beige head, pretty good retention. Aroma of toasted grain and toasted caramel with some honey and citrus hops behind. Being from SD, I figured this would be much more hop-centric--I was mistaken. The flavor still has a caramel and grain overload, but some spicy and citric hops and alcohol help keep this from getting too cloying. I picked up on a little grass as well. Dry finish with bitterness around a 5-6. Big full body with moderate carbonation. A decent enough beer that I donít necessarily need to revisit.
steview (1013) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is sudden and awesomely rich and reminiscent of fresh and hot caramel that then - unfortunately - allows itself to calm to release other notes that donít quite achieve what was initially offered. Oh, well. The body is perhaps wanting to be opaque; the head is average - somewhat frothy; and the lacing is nice. The flavor disappointed me. There is too much of a bitter tea quality going on, but it on the way down into the aftertaste does have something juicy to savor - especially as it warms which is when the aftertaste mostly becomes this pleasantly burnt caramel flavor and how it feels is surprisingly good to chew. However, itís basically too bitter to me. I would have liked more flavor and aromatics than bitterness. Still, itís good. And, Iím feeling like my rating isnít fair although purely personal/hedonistic. I mean! TONGUE BUCKLER!!! If thatís not a warning, I donít know what is...
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Red orange in the glass with a big dense solid head. Stinky sweet on the nostrils. Creamy flavor with burnt malt. Long burnt malt aftertaste. Bitter and sweet. Not my fave, but not bad either.
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with WeeHeavyHD (thanks!). This one initially poured all head. Settled into a medium to deeper orange color. Aromas of pine, toasty, caramel, and citrus. Tastes of citrus, caramel, a little fruity, pine and floralness. Tastes definitely nice and hoppy but also had a nice balance. Medium alcohol burn in the finish. Lacing left on the glass. Piney hoppy burps.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Southbay. Poured clear red with a big off-white head. Aroma of big grapefruit & pine hops, sweet malt. Taste is really hoppy, with lots of pine, citrus, grass, and some light sweet malt. Really big and over-the-top hops. Very bitter and refreshing. Mouth is a little sticky and pretty full. Overall, a nice big IIPA/IRA (which should have its own designation). It and Terrapin BHM are some great hoppy reds. Very nice.