Reid (2050) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
After a dissapointing beer i was looking to this to make my night.
Came in the brown glass bomber.
What a fantastic looking beer!..dark slightly murky amber with ruby accents..lovelly tan head..with gorgeous bubbles of foam..great lacing..a work of art!
Smell too is great..fresh and "piney" with dark alcohol undertones
Taste is exquisitlly balanced..who would have thought it? Sweet malts to start then massive hoppy grapefruit and pine flavour which is undercut by the sticky flavour of the rye..This is good the brewer has balanced the malts, hops AND rye to a tee!
Very good feeling on the palte..exciting to the taste buds.
For one so strong..very nice and drinkable..I shall buy many more tommorrow!
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown body with an offwhite head quality lacing. Strong aroma of hops(pine). Starts out dry and hoppy with a nice complement of rye and malt. Finshes bitter and hoppy with just a trace of tea leaves. Overall a nice beer where the rye a malt add balance, preventing this from becoming another overally hopped American ale.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This is great. All the hallmarks od an American strong are there, lychee, pine and gapefruit. loads of hops. Dryer than most in its style. Nicely bitter finish, some burnt tea leaves, great balance. A quality beverage.
nja (17) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I liked this beer more than I thought I would. I’m beginning to realize that I don’t have the same enthusiasm for most highly hopped American beers as many others on this board. But while this one does have a sizeable bitter hop kick, it’s balanced well by rich malt and rye notes. A nice beer that I grew to enjoy more and more as I nursed a 22oz bottle over the course of a couple hours while preparing and eating dinner. Alcohol is high but doesn’t taste so.
1more4dessert (333) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2005 rerate - ruby brown with foamy white head which lingers forever. Very aggressively hopped and the rye is pleasantly discernable. some floral notes and finish loves you long time
Jayb0 (1081) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great warm weather beer. Solid IPA character layered with nicely balanced rye gives this a wonderful fruity/bready mix with some anice notes. This will quench your thirst.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper with a big rocky tan head. Citrusy hoppy nose with some bready touches. Very strong, resiny, citric hop profile overlays a slightly tangy, bready malt body.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is intense and flavorful. Fruity hoppy nose. Powerful, hop flavor with a nice hearty malt backbone. Can detect toasted rye. Warm and tasty. This is a good one.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful malt and hop aroma and beautiful dark copper color. Definitely a decent hop bite, but supported well by the malt. Hard to believe its 8%, but I can feel it after just a few sips. I enjoyed this years ago at the brewery and wondered how it would be bottled and shipped across the country-just as good, although I’d love some garlic fries to go with it.
BBB63 (6392) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice copper hue with creamy head and oustanding lace. The aroma has notes of grapefruit and orange, piney and floral hops, dusty yeast esters, and rye bread. The taste starts with a crisp hop presence and an undertone of malt and rye. Yeasty and lingering bitter quality on the finish. The mouthfeel is soft yet crisp upon the lips, medium-bodied. This is darn nice brew and worthy of another bottle. Yummy!