obxdude10 (2116) - 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 (21272) - 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 (3251) - 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.