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 (8411) - 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.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of footbalm. Pours medium brown with a huge rocky off-white head. Don’t give many 5’s on apperance but this gets one. Lacing is more like a consistant dried film on the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet malt and a touch of rye. Flavor is mostly sweet malt with some hoppiness at the end with a long rye aftertaste. Very nice overall.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this one reminds me of the red but pushed to the next notch....more aggressive hopping that fills the palate to the end with grapefruit bitterness. huge malty back bone of ryeness and of course more alcohol. a solid brew. i prefer the racer 5 pineness to this.
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Rerate: Grapefruit, peach. STRONG! Good God! Citrus hops galore. Sweet malts. This beer pours to a large frothy creamy white head. EXCELLENT lacing. Long lasting head. Clear reddish-brown body. The flavor has grapefruit afternotes. Strong rye flavor. Honey, pepper, citrus hops. The palate is dry, medium bodied with a lively carbonation.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Deep brownish orange, nice big tan head. Assertive hoppy candi aroma. Big malty smooth flavor, with lots of American hops for flavor and bitterness. Hoppy finish. Rich yet easy drinking.
badgerben (4396) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with a medium head. Very odd aroma that I was never really able to pin down... hops? Pepper? Whatever it was, more of it showed up in the flavor along with an assortment of palate torching spices, malt, and hops. Interesting to say the least.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2005 Pours a great amber with a very creamy head. Great looking head with long lasting lacing at the top. The aroma is very distinct in terms of the rye. There is some citrus, graitfruit, hops and malts as well, and perhaps some pine. The taste is quite unique with the rye really standing out. There is pine, graitfruit, citrus and caramel present in the taste also. This is a nice beer and quite unique. I would certainly call this a Strong Ale over a Double IPA.
Re-rate- Awesome on tap. Much more fresh in my opinion.