guzzler67 (1507) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Translucent reddish brown appearance with a large, dense tan head that left lots of lacing. Hoppy, citrusy, slightly spicy aroma. Flavor dominated by the hops but with enough grain to balance and smooth out the taste. Dry, long lasting finish. One of my favorites.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ruby brownish red, with nice clingy lacing. One whiff and Hop damn! A slice of rye bread spreaded with a generous amount of strawberry jam was what I was greeted with. Unique.
Taste-wise, I was expecting some kind of freaky concoction with off-centered flavors and just too much of everything, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a very well balanced ale, with everything in it’s proper place, leaving room for everyone make a statement on my tastebuds. Rye tartness, big malt roundness, slight alcohol sting and hop finish. Bravo.
mds (2209) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. oh wow, aroma is incredible. perfume, citrus, hop resin (and tons of it), some pine. thick looking texture, copper colour, small white head. great complexity for the style. sticky hops are a big punch in the face with a nice underlying malt presence. Massively bitter finish. A great beer for hop heads.
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured strong tea color,huge hoppy semi sweet nose.Decent hop bite but had a not so good bad nutty bitter finish that kicked this one to the curb for me.
Radek Kliber (6491) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(18 % rye as long I remember). Pours huge, long lasting creamy crown, hazy amber with neat ruby hue. Full scale hop attack on my nose with grassy and zesty apple aroma behind. Simply Superb. Smooth body yet armored with monstrous hoppines, please be aware of that. Great Ale especially if you craving some extra bitter hops. Touch of rye malt just adds that extra dimension many big beers are missing .My last beer for the nigh as it should be..
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Body is brown, with a fluffy cream head. Aroma is like a IIPA, but the rye really adds a differant touch, and I could see this as being a future trend, with a hint of caramel, and a nice sweetness. Very interesting taste. I’m not sure if it’s crystal malts adding the caramel accent, or the rye, but this is a pretty nice beer.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice acidic notes from the rye balanced with a nice early bittering. Very well done malt body , good complexity. Some roasted nuts and pine cones with vanilla and roasted bready notes. Big hop resins and good malt forward and oily mouthfeel. Rye really shows up at the finish with good dryhop.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large frothy offwhite head on a dark red tinged body. Aroma is very complex, with heavy hops, rye and some earthiness. Lots of hops but there is a nice spice and rye balancing act that makes this work very nice. Nice bitter finish to this well built hot rod.
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours red with a big rocky head. Nose is hops, flowers, malt, caramel. Initial taste is all hops but then a spiciness from the rye starts to come through, all balanced nicely with the appropriate amount of maltiness. Slightly roasty. Very creamy in the mouth. If you like hops, this is a beer for you. Luckily I like hops.
JoeMcPhee (8466) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 22 oz bomber. Crystal clear, deep ruby beer with a thick lasting tan coloured head. Beautiful aroma, spicy rye character with a load of citrusy hops. Flavour is very hoppy, pine resiny character, faint spice and huge grapefruity hops with a long bitter finish. As it warms the rye character really comes into play leaving a long spicy finish with every mouthful. A hint of toastiness behind the hops, but this is all about the hops and the rye. Lingering prickly pine hoppiness. One of my favourites.