SpringsLicker (3221) - 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.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bronze in color.
Resiny, spicy and fruity hops in the nose along with sweet and toasted malts and nuts.
Low carbonation. Tons of cinnamon, dark fruits and spices. Very creamy. Fantastic hop flavor.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark amber color. quite hoppy smelling, the rye seemed to show itself more so in taste then the nose. also noticed nice malts and a good citrus taste. overall more citrusy than expected. very good though.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy medium amber-brown. Thin, frothy tan head. Big, fresh, hoppy aroma of citrus & pine w/ caramel & rye to support, Nice, sticky feel. Big, bitter, hoppy flavour (citrus, pine) w/ a firm maltiness.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great appearance, dark copper colored with a silky head and an intoxicating hoppy aroma. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel, quite bitter, mostly a big time hoppy thing. I had a hard time connecting to the malty side of this, let alone the rye but no doubt it’s in there somewhere. Interesting oaky note, decent buzz, lingering finish, impressive and in your face but in a one dimensional way.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is Hops Plus! Deep amber, almost no head. Lovely orange zest/ hops juice flavour, hint of rye. Medium bodied, crisp and bitter. Quite tasty!
Gorbalev (2990) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2005 Instead of just a sample, I got to split a bottle of this with jercraigs. I have to say I enjoyed it more on a cleaner, les worn out pallet. The longer time with the beer also allowed me really appreciate the unique qualities a little more, especially the aroma, which I have now rated a couple points higher, as I got tons of big bready, woody, and hop notes. The taste also stood out as a little more unique, which a real uniqueness that blurred the line of hoppiness and maybe the rye I guess. A solid beer which I enjoyed even more a second time.
Buffalo Brewfest 04. Dark brown pour. Very hoppy, bready aroma. Another crisp mouthfeel American Ale from the day’s sampling. Lots of malt in the taste, with a nice finishing kick. I didn’t find any rye, but there was a full bodied feel to the whole beer. Not too bad at all. Original rating 7/4/7/4/15
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2004 This beer explodes with bitterness. I kept banging the bottom of the bomber like a ketchup bottle, expecting a cluster of hops to plunk out of the thing. Nice carbonation, sticky lace. Amber-brown hue, piney hop nose. The rye lent an astingent dryness to the body that only enhanced this bad boy’s bitterness. My only hang-up is the grainy feel to the palate, otherwise it’s crazy tasty.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear brown, rocky off white head. huge hoppy aroma with grapefruit, pine, earth and caramel, but sadly no rye. the flavour has a bit more rye to it with toasty rye bread notes and toffee-ish sweetness. resiny pithy hop finish. nice .
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy reddish brown color with a large light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Nice and juicy citrus hop aroma, and a grainy aspect which adds complexity to the beer. Taste was nice and hoppy all around, but there was also a nice balance, between light toasty malt, and a dry, chewy, rye side to this beer. Full mouthfeel. A very nice IIPA, the rye gives this a different feeling to it, and really hides the 8%.