Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 496   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
100 IBUs
Bottled Version: 107 IBUs, 10%

Prepare to walk the plank to an Ale of overwhelming proportions. More hops & more malts than any land lubber can handle. After this experience...your tongue will be buckled. The I.B.U.ís (International Bitterness Units) are off the scale on this ale. Be forewarned, those with a timid palate, this is not a wee beer! Handcrafted in small batches for those sailing the seas in search of great ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2009 The aroma was hoppy, yet not too piney..some malts showed up as well as some sweetness..the color was a cloudy auburn...the flavor was spicy sweet..very sticky though..with a big bitterness in the end..Too sticky! original rating - 3.5 09 version - re-rate:lots of toasty malt notes over spicy hops and less sticky than I remember...while being significantly more toasty. Up the points some

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GregClow (3194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
Draught (cask) sample at OíBrienís, San Diego. Hazy ruby-amber colour. Aroma and flavour are both quite hoppy, very fresh and tea-like, with some sweet fruitiness to back it up. Mouthfeel is very soft, as expected from a cask ale. Very nice stuff, great way to kick off the night at OíBrienís.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Draft at PP Strong Ale Fest í05. Listed as 8.5%. Golden brown pour. Medium carmel malt aroma, some medium fruits - cherries and a touch of orange. Medium bodied, carmel malty flavor, with good amount citrusy hop, and a bitter bite to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - OCT 15, 2006
Tap at 10th aniv. I think this was the best beer there. Nicely balanced with lots of malts and even more hops, some sweet dried fruits and bitterness to finish smooth and softly carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle (I got one for you Jon too). Poured an auburn color with a medium, long lasting khaki head. Aroma of yeast, red malt, pine, citrus, earth and flowers. A bit muddled. A touch of creaminess in the palate. Flavor was strong; hoppy and malty. Caramel, toffee, citrus, flowers with a dash of pine. Flavor was a bit unrefined, but it had alot of nice components to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 29, 2009
22 0z bomber from ballast point. Pours dark reddish brown with nice beige head. Aroma is hops , spicy , citrus some fruit. Hops dominate this one . some caramel .alcohol presents itself throught finishes strong and bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 28, 2009
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...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (6064) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
(22oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a nice medium amber/red color. Nose is huge caramel malts with some hops present. Smell is absolutely delicious. Taste is a huge hop attack on the tongue representative of the name. Very piney and the finish is also quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Bottle at Tampa tasting. Medium, clear amber body with a tall, dense beige head. Nose is resinous, earthy hops, citrus, caramel, light bread and mild spice. Medium body with a sticky mouth feel. Flavor is seet caramel, pine, citrus, a little wood, and more mild spice like clove. Finishes mostly dry with medium hops bitterness and a hit of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2010
Bomber; thanks Alex!! clear copper with eggy white head; sharp, bitter hops; malty sweet; texture is on the thin side; hoppy, sharp, sweet and crazy dry; nothing subtle here; quite malty and expectedly a little over the top

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