Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Batch #9306. Poured slightly hazy peachy-golden with a short-ish, dense cap of off-white head. The aroma was thick and resiny with pineapple and pine resin amplified by alcohol warmth.. the malt base was hard to decipher, but it was quasi-sweet and it supported the hops decently.. more fruit as this warmed up. The flavor opened tart, bitter, and warm with pine resin and peppery alcohol hitting it hard.. syrupy pale malts rolled onto the core.. pineapple, grapefruit, and fragrant floral bitterness surrounded.. very warm on the finish with booze amping up the bitters. Heavier-bodied and a touch too assertive on the palate.. lots of good stuff in here, but only decent execution.
malrubius (1511) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at pilsnerpeter’s. Thanks to everybody for their generosity. Pale orange with ring. Awesome orange citrus fresh hoppy spicy aroma. Orange dry bitter spicy pine grapefruit with assertive bitter finish. Well-disguised alcohol. Awesome.
TURDFERGUSON (3741) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
100th rating of this brew. In short, this was a bit disappointing. Kind of tasted like two hearted with more alcohol and less flavor. Very resinous but also pretty hot and sticky. I really wanted to love this one ( like two hearted and even Big Head) but it just didn’t do it. I’d like to try this fresh at the brewery but I doubt thats in the cards.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to fogdog for providing this sample at the weekly tasting. Pours hazy deep orange with white head. The aroma is sweet malts mixing with grapefruit, tangelo and resin. The taste is much the same with grapefruit and tangelo hop flavor blending into resiny hop bitterness. The bitterness builds into the finish and helps dry it out. Very nice brew!
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber-gold with a slight, lacy head. Aroma is huge resinous pine and citrus with a slight background malt sweetness. Flavor is big tropical citrus, tongue-numbing with little respite from the malt. Very different hop profile than Hopslam. Not as balanced as HS, but still amazing. Alcohol is only noticed when your head starts swimming in medias res. Sticky mouthfeel with a lingering bitter finish.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of davinci. Big, pretty lacing head on top of a bright copper penny. Nose is huge resiny spruce needle - piney hops all the way. Taste is more of the same, really resiny/oily pine and a little fruit (mango?). As it warms up, there’s a good bit of sweet caramel in there, too. Minor deduction for a good bit of booziness on the finish that kind of ’harshes the mellow’, but a Really nice one.
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a frothy off white head, great sticky lacing left on my tulip glass. Tons of pine up front with some lingering citrus and caramel malt notes. Flavor holds a surprising amount of vanilla with some tropical fruits and more pine. Tastes similar to Exponential but without the oak.....great stuff!
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale golden pour. The nose is big… lots of bright citrusy hops. A bit of sweet light malts on the back. Very lean and light with just a kiss of grain to back up the sweet citrusy hops. Very tropical flavour, with loads of grapefruit, papaya, mango and pineapple. It’s got a lot of hoppiness but I still feel like there is something missing that I can’t put my finger on… even so, I’m not complaining… this is good stuff.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2010 Got ahold of a fresh bottle of this and thought it just to revise my review. Pours a soft clean peach skin amber with one finger of sandstone yellow head. Nose is resinous and sweet with a panoply of fruit showing mango upfront and notes of pink grapefruit, passionfruit, and mandarin orange. Some citrus zest and pine resin with a caramelly malt. Flavor is rich and resinous with grapefruit rind upfront and notes of pine with an earthy undertone. Flavor shows some fruity notes with fewer distinguishable nuances and not nearly as refined as the aroma. Nice body, not as dry as some but shows a nice balancing sweetness that compliments the citrus notes. Palate shows more of an aggressive bitterness than I care for and lingers more than I’d like. Enjoyed this much more fresh.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #9306, courtesy JMFG. Pours pretty clear, with just the slightest possible haze. Bright orange amber in color, the body is topped with a small head of frothy, bubbly, ivory tinted foam. Sticky, fat arches of lacing cling hard to the glass. The aroma is quite big, yet balanced, with notes of lightly toasted toffee, bread, and fresh white popcorn evening out a massive pine resin and orange rind hop billing. There’s clearly an avalanche of sticky, oily hops in this one. The only downfall on the nose is a pronounced, alcoholic overtone. Flavors follow suit well, simultaneously strikingly bitter and malty sweet. Toffee and oily citrus rind show most prominently, though notes of toast and resinous pine or spruce are not far behind. The finish is long, intensifying with bitterness over time, notes of sharp grass clinging to the roof well after the swallow. Huge in body, the big sugar quotient doesn’t sit easy, and the alcoholic burn is a bit of a turnoff. Overall, this is a tasty and fairly well balanced hop monster, but it’s just too big and hot to be mentioned in the same breath as more tame, masterpiece of a cousin, Hopslam.