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.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark copper hue. Aroma is citrus hops, pine, and grapefruits. Flavor is similar, but with a nice toasty malt layer that balances things nicely. A bit thinner than I like, but not overly so. The finish is quite bitteer and on the dryish side. Nice ale.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma was full of citrus w/ a hint of pine, light fruit, and rye. The flavor was slightly rye, citrus and pine w/ a very slight hint of grain. The beer poured a brownish red color w/ thin lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was light and creamy.
guzzler67 (1654) - 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 (438) - 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 (2250) - 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 (643) - 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 (7113) - 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 (2045) - 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.