brokensail (15468) - Dublin, 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 doesn’t 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.
Theis (14975) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear deep red/amber - white head. Nice hoppy, resin, bitterness, forrest notes, caramel, lots of bitterness, grape fruits, bisquit. Lovely.
bhensonb (13737) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours lightly red with a creamy yellow-beige head. Very roasty malt and hoppy aromas. Med + body. Flavor is heavy floral and citrus hop over a strong light roast malt backbone. Not harsh, but very intense. Excellent.
jtclockwork (13523) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of pine, resin, red fruits, toasted caramel malt, earth and spicy malt. Medium body.
Tmoney99 (13161) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop & toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were exceeded with a solid brew.
FatPhil (13067) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Tap at Craftworks tap house, Itaewon)
A deep, dark ruby beer topped with a beige head. Smells of
well-integrated dusty peach hops, a touch of vanilla, and a few
In the mouth, those hops are present, in quantity, but - alas -
alcohol too, which is clearly present all the way into the finish.
I wanted to like this, but it’s boozy, with not just warming
alcohol. At least it’s not sticky, though it gets sweeter with time.
The hops merge with the alcohol and are subsumed by it.
Unusually, Phil did not share this.
7 4 6 3 11 = 3.1
mcberko (13017) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is well-balanced between intense caramel malts and resinous hops. Flavour is quite robust, with loads of resinous hops upfront, balanced by just enough caramel malts. Intensely hopped, but tastefully done. Robust and extreme imperial red ale. Excellent.
argo0 (12937) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(DC Local Gathering, 22oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar) Large beige head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, catty/grapefruit, light bread. Taste is moderately sweet, catty/grapefruit, alcohol, some bread, pine. Medium-full body, sticky.
Ratman197 (12826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, orange, tangerine, pine and grapefuit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit, orange zest, pine and light eartrhiness with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, cherry, citrus, pine, and grass. Flavor of hops (earthy, citrus, pine), caramel malt, and cherry.