MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2012 Pine trees and flowers surrounded by chewy rye and caramel candy... Earthy and resinous bitterness balances out the rich, suave body... One of America’s best strong ales...
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 31, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2003 Like Bear Republic Red Rocket but more like an IPA. Excellent hop aroma with a dry malty finish. Do not like sediment though. Nice lingering head. Rerate: No sediment this time. Smells a little barley wine-ish. Taste on this hot day is excellent. Balance between hops and malt is perfect.
aracauna (2931) - Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color of an old penny, but brighter. The off-white head is easy and lingering, laces teh glass nicely. The flavor is hops first, slightly juniper-like. That is followed by a slightly sweet, slight chewy malt. The rye comes through most at the end. The malt is really earthy, dark and warm. The mouthfeel is lightly creamy. The other rye PA I've had is the Terrapin. Where Terrapin is bright and aggressive, this is warm, inviting and relaxed.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep copper color with a minimal light beige head that clings to the glass. Initial hops aroma dissipates to a sweet floral and grain aroma. Inital "dry" grain sweetness. Maybe this being a touch older sample the hops intensity has diminished slightly, but I do not consider the over the top hops. I find it to be well balanced with - yes, some intense hops, but also a malt backbone. Not as "slippery" in the mouth as some ryes I've had. Great malt finish, with the fresh hops flavors taking back the thought after a few minutes. Quite a fulfilling brew. Alcoholl doesn't really hiit you uuntil the end...
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Loads of sediment. Very dense, full, foamy head. Very malty (rye, of course) sweet, light floral hop tones. Finishes just like all these west coast I.P.A.'s. Strongly floral and very assertive.
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - JAN 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the restaurant. COLD. Fabulous and extremely well balanced. Big hops and malt, great head and color. Finish goes on forever!
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
serious hop aroma, tons of sediment, good rye flavors like a jewish bakery then lasting hops
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge beer in every way. It has that hazy orange color and thick frothy tan head that I’ve come to associate with extremely hoppy American beers. Great citrus aroma. As it warmed a bit more woody tones came out (pine expecially). The flavor was intensely hoppy, although not as bitter as Stone Ruination. Great crisp, tangy bite to this beer.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I’m just hoping that i got a bad tap pour here because this was not as good as many have made it seem. Aroma is fairly bland with hints of hops and malt here and there becoming apparent. The pour is an deep orangey color with a mildly minimal head and led to a nice attacking of the palate by that carbonation..a definite plus. The taste on tap however was grossly thin to what i expected. A malty base leads to a very slight hoppy aftertaste mixed in with some fruity undertones...orange, and peach come to mind. Decently dry ending, but once again, a true lack of kick here, with the hops very thinly spread for an IPA. I was confused to say the least. I’ll try it again on tap when i can for a re-rate.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This hop-rod is cruisin’ right behind Dreadnaught in full nitro hopped up horsepower. Don’t have too many, your right foot will get all cramped from the IBUs and you’ll end up doing donuts in your neighbors yard with your bitchin’ camaro. This is a great brew. It would be perfect served up by a waitress on roller skates and a poodle skirt!