Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrusy and malty w/ slight flowers and alcohol sweetness on the nose... Very slight malty sweetness w/ hints of oranges and pine (good hop note) in the mouth. The beer poured a reddish brown color w/ orange highlights, a thin lasting head and good lacing. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, light bodied.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thin head dissipates quickly. Initial aromas and flavors of floral, skunky herb, pine and pungent citrus rind, overlay layers of rich, honeyed malt on the mid-palate, which again transition to flavors of sweet, bitter, orange citrus rind and herb on the finish. Full-bodied and smooth, with a longer finish. Fair to say it is a bigger hopped, richer, fuller version of Racer 5. Well made.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
toxichop (407) - South Gate, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2012 On tap at the bottle room. Pours a hazel orange, some red in there with a thin white head. Aroma lots of pine, apricot, grass and some citrus. Taste is strong pine, grapefruit, and pineapple with a bit of caramel. Light mouthfeel, and medium bitterness. Was able to detect some alcohol but still pretty easy to drink. Overall this is an awsome dipa I thought this was better then apex and cafe 15. If ur really into dipas with lots of pine you cant go wrong with this one. Bottle Update: Fresh bomber similar notes but will add to the taste. There is light malt sweetness and toasted biscutt but citrus hops follow right behind it. It ends with strong pine and with medium bitterness, leaves your mouth and throat dry. Was dissapointed by the bomber mainly the smell was ok, the mouthfeel was lacking and i didnt enjoy the very dry finish. Will end up droping this to a 3.9 which happens to be pretty much the avg score.
leems (406) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap, deep amber, lots of pine, some earth and citrus on the nose, flavor is immediately pine and some citrus, a little residual sweetness. I drank as much of this as I could find on tap.
TylerGreenDC (402) - - DEC 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft. Rich honey-ruby color. Little lace. Flavors of tangerine sweetened by caramel malts. Striking depth to the flavors. While Racer 5 can be a bit arch, this is smooth and sophisticated.
acearl (395) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark hazy burnt orange hue with creamy diminishing white creamy with minimal head, sharp citrus and pine needle smell, sweet and bread malt, minimal carbonation syrupy as it warmed, seems high in alcohol there is something funky in the back end. Sweetness and alcohol outdoes everything else.
bellco33 (389) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle into tulip: Pours golden with a big, white, head. Aroma pine, grapefruit, citrus, caramel, earthy. Taste is way too sweet, it overwhelms the piney hops that do come through. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, a bit cloying. It’s OK.
badwhale (383) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber to a glass mug. Pours a nice clear amber with an off white, yellowish head. Has great floral hop aroma on the nose. Great mouthfeel, creamy and full body. Good hop flavors, with a strong malt backbone giving it that mouthfeel. Really nice.
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample : RNH: very, very interesting brew. Pours an attractive, warm copper leaving a finger of wet head. I smell and taste some thin caramels and the esters are very high despite the average ABV. Honestly reminds me of a low peat scotch... not very hoppy?! which betrays the style...
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Somebody below said it had a touch of pine. I disagree. There is more than a touch. It’s like licking the pine tree. I certainly could have used some other dimensions in the hopping, but if they were going for pine, they got it.