5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Dark coppery color, large fluffy sand head that lasts, super sticky lacing, minor bits of sediment float about. Big malty nose, spikes of hop, a bit of citrus peel. Very smooth, and well balanced, combination of malts and hop. Perhaps even a touch of tobacco in this one. For an American Strong Ale it is quite easy to put back, especially for being 8%. Great body, moderate mouthfeel. Finishes very clean, slightly earthy, with a semi-sweet citrus like bitterness that lingers. Good stuff!
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I LOVE THIS BEER! It is exactly what I want from a strong ale. Deep copper red color, nice long lasting head, moderately strong hop finish, and plenty of alcohol content. I actually like this one a little better than Arrogant Bastard. Don’t get me wrong the AB is great, but this one is a little smoother and a little less hoppy.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle obtained in a trade with Bluedevil0206 - Thanks James! Pours a deep copper color with a nice tan head. Aroma is hoppy, grapefruit and rye. Flavor has much malt, and rye flavor to back up the strong hop notes. This is a solid ale. On the palate this is full bodied and very pleasing in the mouth. Quite creamy and smooth. Finishes with a nice bitter dry finish that keeps you coming back for more. The strong alcohol content cannot be found while sipping this beer. I liked this one alot..
mrjd27 (19) - Jarrettsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful amber color. Awesome hoppy taste. Full body. High alcohol. Pleasing to the pallete
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coutesy of JFURYCAT. Very tasty IPA. Sweet hop nose with some rye hints. Flavor was weel hopped with a great malt balance. The rye flavor was a nice supplement making this much different than most ipas.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couleur orangée foncée, abondante formation de mousse à l’apparence crémeuse, dégagement gazeux très actif. Arômes aux puissantes résines de conifère et aux séduisants parfums d’oranges. Impressionnant profil de malt en bouche, d’une épaisseur remarquable, biscuité et faiblement torréfié suggérant une trace de café. Amertume finale très prononcée et longue mais toujours dans un équilibre hors pair. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne à pleine, carbonatation offrant une excellente propulsion des saveurs. Bouteille Spirit Haus, Mai 2005.
Dorwart (2535) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty large and frothy head. Reduces to some very impressive lacing. Big hops aroma with plenty of malts and a bit of acidic bitterness. Little spruce in there. Color is a dark mahagony brown and crystal clear. Flavor is big and full bodied with huge malts, a nice roastyness, hint of alcohol, good hops presence to offset the malts and a hint of dryness from the rye. Finish is sweet and creamy with a strong bitterness but not long lasting. A very good american strong ale. Kind of reminds me of Arrogant Bastard.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Soft brown color and a short head. Aroma is much like an American pale ale but with more of a soft, malty caramel element and some rye graininess. The Pacific hops are prominent in the flavor but mix with the rye, fruity malt and alcohol bite to appear as if this is some sort of black & tan with rye whiskey. This beer has a very sharp palate yet leads to a pleasant fillingness in the stomach. Hop Rod gets 2 extra Overall points for being a great bargain at $3.49 for a 22 oz bottle.
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, bought cold at University liquors, Normal, IL and boy was I worried about keeping it from boiling uin the car until I could get to taste it. Poured into a plastic motel cup. A big northwestern type of hop nose, with citrus, grapefruit and pine. Body is dark, more like a brown ale, but with that fluffy puppy IPA head. A big pale ale taste is tempered by rye: at once spicy like, well, rye bread, but soft and a bit creamy like an oatmeal stout. A bit peppery and zingy, too. Even as the acohol takes over in its heady fashion, it remains an immensely enjoyable drink.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2006 22oz - Pungent aroma of hops with sticky red grape, cherry, and rye. Muddy brown color with a red tint. Not much head but decent lacing. Flavor is deep and engaging. Strong hop presence with enough malt, rye, and dark fruit flavor to make it unique. Tangy palate has your tounge sticking to the top of your mouth. My favorite Bear Republic amd a brew everyone should taste.