Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught, Falling Rock.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin, apricot, orange), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Pretty nice for this brewery.
ojclark (69) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mellow aroma. Great color with decent head. Excellent flavor, hoppy yet balanced. Good carbonation and head retention. Very good.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught @ RFD’s DC: Slightly hazy copper orange color with a small, thick white head. Huge hop aroma, as expected (grapefruit, pine, sticky sweet orange, spice) with some spicy apple, pear, grass as well. A nice fresh hop smell, with only minor hint of leaf/grass - is this one not dry hopped? There is also some hints of caramel and toffee in the aroma which speaks of promise for a more balanced taste. Excellent medium-full body, quite creamy, with light to medium levels of carbonation. Taste is huge resinous hops up front, but they seem a bit more rounded like a barleywine that’s been aged for a bit. I can taste ruby grapefruit, sweet orange, spicy pine, peppery fruits, honey, sweet malty caramel, toffee, and a bit of sweet earthy darker malt. The hopping on this one is fantastic, and seems very complex, not allowing one type of hop to dominate at any one time and still backed up very well with lots of malt sweetness. I may be alone here, but one of my personal favorites in this style (though it does taste real close to a barleywine).
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Yard House in San Diego. Pours dark gold to light amber with a large white head. Very strong hop aroma. Buttery palate, but the hops are not painful at all. In fact, it seems quite smooth. Has an odd sweetness. Great lingering hoppiness long after you finish the beer. Almost juniper-like in flavor.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Light copper color. The aroma is fairly vibrant, exploding with grapefruity, almost spicy hops, along with a touch of toffee from the malt. An extreme punch of hop flavor. The perfect combination of sweet caramel and toffee laden malt underneath an onslaught of diverse hop flavors. Nice, thick, coating texture. Bear Republic knows their hops. One of the best Double IPA’s I’ve had in a long time.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this one on tap at the Boulder Strong Ale festival 2005. What a treat this one was! It’s like they took Racer 5 and injected even more hops and flavor into it! This brew is nice and sticky. Bear Republic blows me away again! Even though this brew has a strong hop profile it still goes down quite smooth. I just wish this brew wasn’t so hard to come by!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet orange and apricot aroma with some pine-like notes. Hazy orange-tan with shy white head that recedes to ring. Sweet malty flavour with strong orange/pine hops and fair bitterness. Thick and sticky medium-full body. Small sampler growler from Half Time consumed within hours of bottling with MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #76 and last new beer of the trip. 10 oz bottle from Half Time’s tap. Spicy, peppery fruits and pine emanate from the hazy orange body....solidly balanced sweet-sour flavor, tingly carbonation, honey and pungent hoppiness mixing ethereally...tiny bit sticky later. Solid, if unspectacular.
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap from Half Time: Powerful orange and grapefruit hop aroma propels its pungent perfume onto the prevalent caramel and honey sweetness...The lip-smacking, heavy body even presents some cherries and a resinous hop finale...A quintessential example of this West Coast style...
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light haze veils the beautiful orange hue while a white ring covers it all. Aroma is very oily and sprucey, straightforward greenish and orangey west coast hops. A bit sweaty in its evolution, sun lotion like as far as oiliness goes. I must say I didn’t appreciate it as much when it had reached room temperature, but it had a pleasant hop complexity and an adequate earthy malt backbone to compensate the could have been excessive hops. Medium bodied, a bit lip-sticking, bitter, lightly carbonated. Pretty good yet standard take on the style I guess.