BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Very dark amber with some reddish tint. Medium light tan head. Fresh hops come through in the aroma with pine, citrus, some rye, toasted grains, and nuts. Excellent medium body, lively carbonation without overdoing it, very smooth yet also tingles my palate. Hops hit you right off the bat, though it’s not as hoppy as their racer 5, it matches well with the taste. Moderately bitter hops, great malt profile, caramel, rye, citrus, and some fruit. Nice.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fiery amber coloured. Very hoppy aroma. Hoppy flavour with plenty of maltiness and notes of rye bread. Very good and well balanced.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
some citrus in the nose. quite dark brownish amber. low to medium carbonation. decent lace. full bodied, almost creamy. just a hint of some sulfer for some reason. toward the end alcohol dominates. rye character comes through in this ryeP.A. this was decent.
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sweet skunk aroma, mild hops, malty, bitter-sweet finish, alcohol is very well masked, I enjoyed this one, despite its lame name
obxdude10 (2046) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark amber color with a mahogany tint, nice light tan head, good lacing around the glass, yeast & bread in the nose, full-bodied, bready flavors with notes of sweet malt, rye & yeast, heavy finish with more malty tones, aftertaste was a bit tangy, nice hop profile with just a bit of citrus
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft) Mahogany amber with a creamy quickly thinning head. Aroma of hops and citrus with some sweetness. The flavor is hoppy with citrus and pine with some malt sweetness coming through no bitterness that you would expect until the after taste. Really well done.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish, amber brown body with a very large , cream, vanilla-bean colored head. The color of Miami sand. Smell is gorgeous: peaches, pine and rye. Taste is sweet and big with tons of malt and dry pine hops. Aftertaste is pincones and pine needles. Very good beer in the huge, overdone CA style.
kane (111) - USA - OCT 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Outstanding beer. Great aromatic and taste qualities. Amber color beer that has an oily/silky quality to it. Great malt backbone with the added rye quality to it that adds an unique caraway flavor to it. For me this is one of the best American beers out there.
omhper (19667) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Clear mahogany appearance, creamy head. Grapefruity aroma. Dominated by hops, but there’s plenty of soft, rich maltiness there as well. Lingering salty, very bitter finish. When it comes to malt character Bear Republic is one of my favourite American breweries!
SpringsLicker (3156) - Tennessee, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep bronze color, darker than most IPA’s. American Strong Ale, I don’t think so.
A huge head formed and stayed till this was gone, very thick and creamy light tan.
Flowery hop aroma that is followed by a constant hop barrage in the flavor and finish. Very bitter overall. Full and assertive.