mcberko (7438) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from khoffman43 (thanks a lot, Kyle), pours a dark amber with a small beige head. Nose is both very hoppy and malty, with loads of fruity sweet resinous hops and big sweet caramel malts - maltier than a IIPA typically is, probably due to the 11%. Flavour starts with citrusy and grapefruity hops, transitions to tropical fruits and candied sweet caramel malts, shifting back to the bitter hops, which leave a very pleasant astringency along with some fruitiness on the finish. A bit too sweet and malt-heavy for a IIPA for my tastes - something doesn’t mesh right here. Decent stuff, but quite flawed.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottled September 13, 2012. Served at around 45F.
Pours lightly hazy red/copper with a three finger tan head that leaves nice webs of lacing and recedes to a wispy, foamy cap and ring.
Aroma starts with some citrusy hops, grapefruit, moves to earthy hops and bready malt with some fruit (cherries) and caramel as well. Good to very good strength.
Flavor begins with big grapefruit citrus and resinous hops, some pine, big malt backbone of cherries, caramel and toffee, some sweetness, decent bitterness, bite of alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily and sticky, good carbonation.
Big intensity indeed, particularly in the flavor, there’s a lot going on and every aspect is big and bold. Big hops, big malts, big alcohol. Very good brew.
Butters (3869) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at beer run. Pours a clear amber copper with fair offwhite head. Nose is incredible citrus pineapple hop and slight alcohol fuseul burn. Flavor is intense blend of citrus hops, rubbing alcohol, and slight caramel notes. Not all that pleasant to drink. But pretty unique.
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 Great beer. Not worth $18 a sixer. Aromatics start with piney, resinous hops and a mild alcohol smell. Appearance is deep burnt red with small wispy off white head. Taste starts with caramel malt and finishes with piney resin bitterness. Palate is medium in body and quite pleasant. Overall, I nice but too pricey.
MeithKichon (13) - - OCT 20, 2012
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not one for Red Ales but this one doesn't quite taste like one. Picked it up for 2 reasons: it's Bells new relapse but also bc of the movie reference. Very piney hop profile; the mouth feel, taste and appearance remind me of a DIPA. The bitterness is a punch in the mouth which I like most times but not from this one. Will not pay 17.99 for this beer in future. If nothing else I really wanted to like it. Cheers
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ddemmingjr (726) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Winking Lizard. Nose is red hots, rubbing alcohol and earth. Flavors of resinous hops and sweet caramel malts. A bit syrupy cough drop texture.. Want to dig this more but at 11abv, it's one and done
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dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into snifter, a dark amber with one finger beige head a decent amount of lacing with some alcohol legs. Up front the aroma is citrus hops im getting strong grapefruit and also some pine followed by a sugary sweetness. The taste is very well balanced a very nice hop profile im picking up mostly those piney hops and some honey type sweetness towards the middle of the tongue and the back end is slightly bitter. The alcohol is noticeable but very mellow and fits in perfectly. Very nice sipper here.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Pours a clear, deeper copper-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big grapefruit and orange pine resins with some florals and a slightly chewy, sweet caramel malt with a light toast. Flavor is similar. Juicy, resiny citrus pines with grapefruits, oranges, and a few tropical fruit florals. Sweet, somewhat chewy caramel malt backing with touches of toast and bread. A light earth mixes with the pine resins as this finishes dry and fairly bitter, but sweet from the malts and juicy fruits. Lengthy aftertaste following a somewhat sticky and chewy, medium-full body and a soft, moderate carbonation. No hint of alcohol. Overall, not quite what I was expecting, but still a nice beer. Lots of resiny, fruity pines and a sweet, chewy caramel malt backing. I can see the chewiness and stickiness getting to be too much once the hops fade, but right now this is solid.
queenholly (3035) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Piney orange hops and caramel aroma. Copper with a large tan head, nice lacing. Resinous piney hops, orange, pineapple, sweet burnt caramel malt, and alcohol flavor. Medium to full sticky body, with a bit of alcohol warmth. Big robust beer.
beernovice39 (3187) - Montana, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a clear copper color with thick off white top that laces. Scent is hops, toasted malts, grass, and caramel...some booze. Taste is caramel, sweet then a piney/earthy bitterness. Sticky.