Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a rich red/copper color with a creamy tan head. Aroma reminded me of a barleywine- strong caramel/toffee malts, but with grapefruit and pine hop presence. The sip begins with strong, caramely malt followed by dashes of grapefruit and pine, tangy, bitter rye and a very bitter hops aftertaste. Body was the perfect consistency for the style. I did not find the hops to be dominating or overwhelming.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed this one a few times and would even more if it were available here. Can sure taste the rye ... and hops for sure. What a pleasant combination. Not wild or crazy, but different all the same. Previously had a bottle, this was a draught and both hit the spot.
JorisPPattyn (7909) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 (draught) Deep chestnut-amber; nice, slim & dense white head, good lace. Superb hoppy nose with restrained pinewood or tree-like notes, like stepping out under the canopy of a cool mixed forest. Quite hoppy taste, hop-oil character. There’s quite some malt underneath, but it gets overwhelmed all the same. Well bodied. The finish and texture are a little thinner - the overt hop character? I had hoped for a somewhat less hard taste, and the nose certainly promessed such. Can’t win them all.
<P> bottled 12/04 Seem to get more tobacco and freshly roasted coffeebean notes, ending in a chicory-like bitterness. </P>
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A gorgeous dark ruby hued ale. Aroma was similar to that of Bigfoot -- strong malt and hop balance. Incredible sticky texture. I am a fan of rye ales, especially when they are not using the grain as a gimmick. An incredibly flavorful, multi-dimensional brew.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruddy amber hue. Sticky light tan head. Fruity resinous nose. Starts with sweet malts, light caramel, maybe even cherries. Medium oily body. Musty, earthy, dirty hops, slap-in-the-face hop bitteness. Big hop burps from this one. A unique rye spiciness to this one, very delicious, very drinkable, and very nice. Now available in Massachusetts!
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep amber color, with a cream-tan head. This beer is quite clear from the get go. It has a spicy hoppy aroma to it with notes of lychee and grapefruit. The first thought after taking a sip was that this beer is redolent of a hop syrup. This is all about the American hops. As for the rye, maybe there is a certain fullness/ silkiness fro the rye, but it is not all that evident, the hops overpower any taste that one might get from the rye character as well. This beer is big bodied though, and it is pretty good.
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
How insane is it that so many incredible brewers are in California? I am not quite ready to put Bear Republic in the Stone/AleSmith category, but many more beers like this one and I will. I suppose I digress. Aroma is delightfully, massively hoppy. Appearance is light/amber brown with nice off white head that calls out "Drink me". When the imbiber succombs to seduction of the appearance, he is fully rewarded with a big hop flavor with a dash of rye in the finish. Very good ale.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 5, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2003 Pours amber with a generous head that leaves some nice lacing down sides of the glass. Hoppy aroma, nice malt balance in the flavor. Hops in the finish, ABV is hidden very well.
jgb9348 (4735) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown colour with ruby highlights when held up to a light. Thin (1 centimetre) tan head with larger bubbles. Smells of high a.a. hops, alcohol, a bit of malt and a high level of 'freshness'. Medium to Thick-bodied; Strong initial hop, rye & alcohol kick which only lasts for 5 seconds then fades to a strong rye flavour with a hop background and an alcoholic burn. The aftertaste is very bittering, a bit too much so. The bitter flavour comes not from the hops, but from the rye (or other grain). Overall, a fairly different beer than any other I've had and definately worth a try if you think you'll like the flavours going on with this one. Overall about average for the style...but if you throw in Imperial IPAs, this is a bit less than average. I bought this 22 ounce bottle from Norm's in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 1-September-2003.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red/amber color, thick tan head, fruity hop nose. Rye comes out somewhat as it warms. Big malt backbone. Great label.