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 (1012) - 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 (8521) - 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.
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from southbay....poues a dark semi-transparent crimson red with a hug light tan head....aroma of biscuity malt, piney and sweet citrus hops....flavors of citrus/piney hop with an equal balance of caramel malt. tea-like for sure with just a touch of bitterness that quickly fades. not harsh like port 3rd anniv but has some strength nonetheless.
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Snojerk321(Thanks!). Pour was amber with plenty of carbonationand smelled of caramel and bitter hops. Flavor was pine hops, bitter tea, with some caramel and bitter citrus. Finished strong and boozy, but very well balanced. Need to get more of this! Trade for this even if remotely interested!!!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from naven. Bitter. Almost too much so. Reallly bitter from start to finish. So so.