Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JUN 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium brown, small offwhite head with nice lacing. Aroma is piney and sweet. Flavor is lots of piney hops, balanced with the rye. The caramel/sweeter malt comes out nicely to balance. Overall very drinkable and nicely made! Thanks to Crosling for this one.
blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Bottle shared with HogTownHarry at Bar Volo. Pours a clear, slightly fizzy, reddish orange with a large frothy white head. Looks great. Aroma is moderately hoppy mixed with some citrus and rye. The taste is an interesting combination of hops and rye -- it works very well! A great tasting, well balanced IPA.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Odeed! 22oz bottle served at 44į in my NB worthy glass. Pours really dark red, almost brown, with a khaki colored head. Plenty of lacing and foam dots. Aroma is hoppy with floral and perfume notes. I get some of the earthy rye aroma. The initial flavor is malty, but earthy and spicy as well before the floral hops take over a bit. The rye and hops have complimentary flavors and it seems like both have a somewhat earthy flavor. The finish is moderately bitter with a nice hops flavor. This a very nice beer. Nice body.
hayduke (3925) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 22 oz bottle. Pours amber with a nice tan head. Hops smack you in nose. Hint of fruit. Rye subtle. What sets this apart is great balance. I am an IPA fan, and this ranks with the very best. I would put it on a par with Arrogant Bastard amd Moylans Hopsicle. And it is close enough to me in Northern California that I can almost claim it as a "localí beer. This is a real winner.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is amber with a big tan dense head...smell is hops, with grapefruit and pine bigtime...sweet citrus flavors up front followed by a bitterness with something vegetable in it...quite nice...
JK (5129) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is complex with powerful, earthy hops up front. Very light citrus, grass, and pine. Dark bronze color. Head is initially very large, and leavs a thick lace on the glass as it settles, with considerable foam remaining on top of the beer. Flavor is hops again, some mint and other herbs, candy sweetness, and an herbal dryness.
Zeswaft (1496) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2008 Wow, this is a great brew. To be honest, my friend ordered an Alpha King and I got this and we couldnít tell the difference. In my opinion that is not a bad comparison. This beer was a little darker, deeper ruby. Huge citrus hop aroma and flavor. Medium head. Sweet maltiness but hops dominate. Outstanding. RERATE...Iíve had two of these bombers in the last 5 days. I think the first one was somewhat stale. More malt, spicy rye apparent, and kind of musty. Second bottle right now is awesome and must be fresh. Huge citrus hops. RERERATE. This is one of the best strong IPAís Iíve ever had. I really donít think itís a IIPA and itís more robust than an IPA. It has the healthy malt sweetness of a IPA but the hop punch of a IIPA. Iím glad the alcohol is only 8% because i think a lot of IIPAís get overwhelmed with alcohol.
jefcon (1519) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amazing aromas of pinapple, orange and rye. The rye underscores a nice hop bite, full mouthfeel and a hoppy (but not bitter) finish that includes some caramel. In the glass, this beer is earthen brown, red under light with almost no head, but some racing. Very nice strong ale characteristics, with a punch of alcohol, which isnít overpowering, and malt tones that accentuate the rye. Nice to experience this grain in a bigger beer.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Excellent and attractive aroma of citrusy, pineyy hops, rye and caramel. Pours a reddish brown color with a thin offwhite head. Excellent flavor of rye, piney, citrusy hops and caramel with a bitter finish. The body is light to medium with a creamy texture, the carbonation is moderate. This beer is excellent and well balanced, very well made.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright, dark red beer with a solid head. Floral hops, but when tasted it rounds out nicely with the Rye taste at the end. Very mouthy beer that drinks as well as it looks.