willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewtopia’04. Piney and celerey(?) aromas, some citrus...CA IPA all the way. Flavors are bready, more pine, more spicey hops in general. Not very balanced and it sort of burns in a chemical way going down. There is a hint of rye that serves to mostly make my mouth itch. Not malt sweetness, mostly just a chewy bread quality. Pretty interesting take on an IPA, like DFH Aprihop...I’d like to re-sample with a whole glass.
steview (1029) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 duvel tulip glass: a very dark brown body provides a ruby highlight, which is all laid underneath a big, bit rocky, and sparkly off-white head that loves to linger. the lace is sparkly and sticky. the beer? what about the beer? this is a dark, strong, and spicy ale. there’s rye, alright. there’s also bitterness and alcohol to boot! a little bit chewy, but i like that... i thought it was great. fortunately, my tongue was lashed at with previous very hoppy beers so it could handle this ;o) this beer is slap fu*king happy! UPDATE 10/15/04: my friend retaliates, "this is a very bitter loaf of bread." egh, not sure about that buddy, but... in the update i think it's chewy with tea characteristics. hell, i still like it. downrated, though.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2005 2003 bottle Pours a great amber-red-brown with some yellow and beige tinges. Plenty of creamy beige colored head, sediment apparent with a dull copper shine to it. Aroma has hops, dry hops, floral hops, spicy hops, more hops and some more hops. There is some rye and alcohol in there as well. Flavor: Sweet jesus!! turbocharged is right! This is just hops and alcohol duking it out for dominance. Who wins??? Not the person drinking this stuff, that’s for sure. Sure there is some rye in there, but it keeps it dry and spicy, while the hops are just INCREDIBLY bitter. The alcohol is highly noticeable. I don’t know what else to say, some residual malt sweetness, but not enough to speak of. This stuff needs a major balance adjustment. Wow, I had to force myself to finish this stuff, and it wasnt terribly easy.7/4/5/1/9
2004 draught Ok, I can see somewhat better why people like this, as this one still had the huge hops bitterness, and alcohol burn, but there was a better body than remembered and a bit more creamy malt sweetness to balance. Still not anything tremendously unique or balanced, IMHO. Rye is noticeable and adds some spice, but also keeps it rather dry.7/4/6/2/11
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 Pours a nice dark amber color with a nice white head. Amazing fresh citrus hop aroma that really stands out. Taste is a great balance of malt and hops. Great hop taste without an overwhelming bitterness. Absolutely one of my favorites
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2004 On tap brewtopia 04, big hop flavor kinda spicy. A clean mouthfeel felt good going down strong rye flava diffrent
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with a nice, lasting head. Aroma is of rye, hops, and pepper. Taste is of rye, pepper, and lots of hops. Has a good mouthfeel with a course opening and lasting aftertaste. A nice, very different beer.
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2004 Strong aroma of rye mixes well with the hops citrus. The body is a dark red with little carbonation. Has a very bitter taste. The rye overpowers the hops orange taste. Very interesting, but not very drinkable. Thanks civforprez.
presario (4707) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber. Thick off-white head and thick lacing. Stong grapefruit aroma. Sweet beer with strong hop character and long finish. Alcohol is restrained. IMO too sweet but still enjoyable. Bitter raw flavour perhaps a characteristic of the rye.
motelpogo (6968) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber. looked like it was bottled jan 03. pretty massive hop aroma. deep amber, quite chewy, the rye seems to give it a bit of body and a light smoked flavour that complements the expected stupid amount of citric hops
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: brilliant red color, with an off-white, big and bubbly head. Aroma: sharp hops, fruit: grapefruit, pineapple, and pine.
Lush, delicious mouthfeel, and a lingering, long-lasting finish.
Hops are emergent throughout, with the deep, dark, fruity, delicious flavor ringing through and through.
At first, the hop attack is harsh and spiney, but ultimately this brew gets rounded out quite nicely.
The notes I construct this review from are not perfect, they were scribbles and scratches jotted down while sharing this bottle with a friend. Rest assured, though, that it made an indelible impression on us both!