edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fragrant nose of malt, raisin and alcohol. Smells very strong. Body is brown to garnet. Off-white head with a small amount of lace. Malts and hops to taste. (Possibly dry-hopped)? X-S amount of pine tree flavor too. Long, bitter finish.
ericnixon (743) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I thought this was more of an IPA than a strong ale. Big hoppy/floral nose with the undertones of something I can’t immediately discern. Huge thick head over a dark reddish color. Nice mouthfeel with a huge hoppy flaveo and bitter aftertaste.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, Map Room Chicago. Could not easily detect rye here. It was hidden under all the hops, which made this beer finish extremely dry and bitter. Decent brown coloring, light head, medium body. Not the change of pace I was looking for, but enjoyable nonetheless.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 Great Arizona Beer Festival.
Poured dark amber with a good head.
Aroma is all hops and citrus.
Flavor is strong on the hops and easy drinking.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Nice mahogany color with a creamy off white head. Very hoppy aroma. Nice combination of sweet malt, and lots of floral hops flavors. Dry finish with a floral aftertaste.
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is hops with a bit of a sour smell (rye?). The taste is just about the same only a little bit sweeter and dry. A little thinner than I was expecting, but the 8% is barely noticeable, so it drinks very smooth. The hop flavors of the aftertaste last until the next sip. I had a little bit of trouble getting past the sourness, but overall this is tasty.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Excellence! I love this beer to death. I am not sure why this is classified as an American Strong Ale, but it tastes more like a strong IPA to me. Anyways, this beer pours a nice brown color with a good head that will retain well. This beer seems to punch you with hops a little bit late into the sip, which is awesome. It feels quite creamy at first, but the next thing you know... WHAM! a nice crisp hop bite comes forward. Also, for $4.50 (at least here in CO) it’s a complete steal. I actually prefer this over Stones Ruination IPA.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown with Big White Head. Hops Aroma. Dry Hoppy Notes..Creamy Mouthfeel...A Surf of Wet and Dry Hops...and Notes of Alcohol Contained Within.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. As the bottle says, there’s a ’truckload of hops’ in this stuff. It’s interesting that RateBeer has an "American Strong Ale" category since BJCP.org (which defines styles) doesn’t. Regardless, this is definitely American, similar to a strong IPA or double IPA. Aroma is malty, flavor is a great balance of hops and malt. Thick head settles midway through the consumption, with beautiful lacing down the glass. This is an excellent brew (and I rarely use superlatives) that I hope will find its way into NC once we get rid of that silly 6% cap.
lamas (1549) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a brownish/deep red with thick chunky floaties and a thin tan head. Smells of red apples, citrus fruits and hops. Aroma is almost like iced tea. Very smooth and well-balanced. Flavor is all warming alcohol. Finish is dry and of bitter hops. A bit like unsweetened iced tea. Nice quality beer.