cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/25/04. Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Liquorama in Upland, CA 12/5/03. Pours a deep, clear crimson amber, very fluffy off-white head with very good lacing. Aroma is quite nice, a little bit like a fruity barley wine-- berries, some cream, cake, and a little bit of spice. Flavor is pale and creamy malts, still a little cakey, and a hint of hop bitterness along with the lightly drying red/amber spice. Very good stuff. Very smooth, lighter-than-water mouthfeel with medium-thin body and creamy texture. Finish pumps up the bitterness a touch and extends medium-long with a cool malt hum-- a little bit of smokiness even. Somewhat sticky on the lips. Quite a good brew, very easy-drinking and enjoyably unique in flavor. Another solid one from Bear Republic.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice fresh hop nose. Palate is fruity, malty, hoppy, & smoky. Finish is smooth and flavorful. Bad name and label.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big hop taste that poured like a stout. Very unique malt taste. Not being a brewer, I don't know what they did, but it worked. Smoky, mellow finish.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark orangish red color with a fairly large off-white head. Extremely hoppy aroma with a hint of sweet malt. Flavor is not as strong as I would expect from the aroma, but consists of fairly strong grapefruit hopps bitterness and lightly malty flavors. Nice medium carbonation, and a fairly dry finish. Pleasant, but not quite what I expected.
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 2, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2004 Malty, fruity, spicy and hoppy aroma, heavy with brown sugar sweetness and mingling with butterscotch, cinnamon, tart orange, tangerine and grapefruit, caramel, milk chocolate, a slight roastiness, herbal, spicy hop and some faint yeast notes and woodiness. Deep, dark red-brown color, unfiltered but lacking much sedimentation, with a good-sized creamy, uneven, off-white head and spectacularly thick lacing. Malty, toasty and sweet to start, becoming tart and fruity with suggestions of orange, apricot and white raisin, and turning substantially earthy, hoppy, spicy and moderately bitter. Aftertaste is balanced and rather complex, all of the above ingredients just kind of hanging around for various intervals of time, showing a bit of aggressive hop here, some reddish malt there. Interesting mouthfeel, smooth and creamy but effervescent with the tiny bubbles creating an intriguing backdrop for the multitude of flavor attributes. Quite a unique beer, proving more difficult to rate than most, it's features somehow elusive yet prominent, like a sense memory that remains tantalizingly just out of reach...
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
in feeble light, i had to guess that this wooly-topped brown pour was as solid as a totem pole grizzly bear-- with the reddish blush of dusk lightly warming the edges. closer inspection and greater wattage however reveals lots of murky peach tones and a snow dome's worth of dancing detritus within. aroma is an even blend of tanin-touched malts and orange peel hop bitters. it's a strawbroom that's been brushed with smoked molasses and mixed with apple juice and vodka. soft carbonation entertains without favoritism both tea bitterness and chutney sweetness in the flavor. those heavy monk's bread malts and lemony hops and yeast are bold and yet there is a watery feel as well. like a spider playing 'twister', it manages to cover all the requisites of several beer types simultaneously with effortless balance.
bu11zeye (12040) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark amber color with a medium-sized yellowish beige head. Had a grapefruit dominant aroma with a citrus and hoppy flavor.
Kinz (3395) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber red, very nice creamy head. Aroma initially of grapefruit with some roasted malt, and a touch of something sweet. Became smokier as it warmed. Flavors also evolved tremendously, starting with a citric hop quality, then in the middle stages had quite a bit of roasty tang to it. The end had a smoky malt sweetness with some balancing earthy hops. An interesting beer to drink, quite good.
OldGrowth (2821) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Nice smokey, carmel nose. Great clean dark amber color, though I poured last bit in seperate glass got some sediment. Small to no head. Great smokey malt & pine citrus(grapefruit) mix. Smooth, tad creamy dryish smokey finish. Wow, nice mix of styles. Another great brew from Bear Republic.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark russet color with a majorly thick finger high head of tight cream colored froth that installs itself on top; slowly puffed away form the center outwards where a thin skim and fairly thick collar stay present the whole glass through and lacing in webby sheets that sticks well at first but then disintegrate more as it goes. Aroma is pleasant of a nice leafy hop bringing a smooth woody earthy dryness over the top of some dulled fruityness and toasted, nearly burnt malts. Taste has a very nice balance of toasted malts and grassy/woody dry hops, starts smooth and lightly sweet of malts as it turns toasted with a substantial building over the palate of the toastyness with the wood dryness sneaking in just past midway and making a home through to the finish where it mixes nicely with notes of dulled dried fruit of apricot, peach, and raisin, and finishes with an overall super nice earthy dryness and texture. Feel is close to full, detains a smoother start then raises from there into the drying finish, slim toastyness lingers. This is a very good amber, one of the better ones I've had with a nice dry hop profile that was hardly bitter in any form, just some tiny glimmers of bite that made this a very nice drinker with a certain complexity that was favorable to my palate. Good stuff eh.