ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught pint at Redbons on 11/7/06
Indeed it is a scarlet-gold colored beer, with brass and copper highlights. Medium-high to high clarity, with small bubbles streaming upwards steadily. Small white/off-white head is formed, and is retained for the duration of the pint, leaving ample lacing in rings down the glass.
Very dry nose suggests a moderate amount of crystal malt toastiness, with definite breadiness and very light honey notes somewhat softening things. Deeply floral notes from the hops are both moderately bitter and somewhat spicy. Warming allows some fruitiness or perhaps, some lightly sweet citrus notes, to emerge. The combination of very dry, moderately high alph c-hops with dry crystal malts certainly challenges the balance of the nose, but there is enough base malt (IMHO) to provide balance. Fresh, unpasteurized character, with obvious lack of filtration. Warming really helps this one achieve a softness and fruitiness that helps take the dry/hard edge off. Very strong aroma, with plenty of well-drawn out hop aromatics and no alcohol/flaws.
Some light sourdough-like notes collect on the front of the palate, with a toasty, lightly acidic graininess following. But fruity hops quickly surge in, taking some of the focus off of the malt, and lending citrus, red fruit and light pine notes, with some spiciness achieved through combination of malt and hop. Bitterness is quite apparent and continues to dry things. Bits of pale malt sugars can be felt throughout, mostly adding a soft texture (aided by the low filtration) which is quite welcome in this very dry rendition. Acidity builds up, somewhat, on the finish, and seems to be the biggest problem here. While itís very clean, flavorful and well-attenuated, the IBU strength and toasty/sourdough-like malt character takes away balance. Very engaging carbonation, however, somewhat helps spread about the bitterness/dryness. No looseness or wateriness whatsoever. Great stuff, a little more pale malt showing through would prove greatly beneficial, I think.
bb (7255) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber beer with a little off-white head. Grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit flavor with caramel backing. Lingering grapefruit bitterness with a bit of sweetness. medium bodied.
harrisoni (14713) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Big Time, Seattle. Hazy old gold colour with thin off white head. Pretty standard C hopped IPA. Some nice buzz on the end. Bit thin in mouth, nice enough. Sherberty sweet hop.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Much as I love IPAs I could not make this one work and did not finish a 4 oz sampler at the brew pub. Sweet malts and toffee. Complex hopping to be sure. Lacking focus, very muddied flavor rather than crisp and complex interactions. Yeah, American hops that I would expect to love, but the combination of many hops and the malts did not produce a focused or even an enjoyable taste. Long bitter finish. Nasty overtones to the finish as well. Signature appearance for a Big Time ... very little head, great lacing.
DYCSoccer17 (3448) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 ounce sample on tap at the brewery. Citric grapefruity and pine tree aroma with a horse manure-like maltiness. Some spicy hops are evident as well. Mildly hazy copper color with a small white head and decent lacing. More citric grapefruit PNW hops to start with a decent roasted malt balance in the middle. There are also some caramel malts present with faint hops to finish. Better balanced.
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange medium with white thin head. Slightly bitter aroma. Medium body with a slight bitterness and some sweetness. A nice mix of flavor in a pretty beer. Lacing.
Kinz (3450) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at pub. Medium orange, slight head. Pleasant PNW hop aroma, malty with a citric orange. Essentially more bitter and less flavorful than the Snowmelt. Spicy, bitter finish. Also had the cask version, a bit rounder and smoother in the mouth, but the flavors were muted as well. Scores shown are for the regular tap, cask would have been one less for the flavor and and one point less overall.
JorisPPattyn (8246) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Clear orange-amber, fine yellowish good rim. BIt of ureum, C-hops, but discreet. Licorice, prunes, even green plums, and hops only at every sip. Fruity sweetness, going slowly over in more hopbitterness (building up). Surprising sweet cookies too, and a tad soapy flavour. Light, bit oily, slick. Easy drinking beer. Can somebody explain to my why Washington brewers can get decent heads on cask, and not on keg beer?
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just when I thought it could not get any better, this blows away the Bhagwans. Much richer sweet maltiness, wonderful hop aromas that match the flavor profile perfectly, nicely balanced, juicy and chewy. Super tasty!
omhper (20606) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2006 Draught at the brewpub. Clear deep golden. Sweaty grapefruit aroma. Sweet with chewy mouthfeel. All about the hop flavour - thereís grapefruit and mango. The soft mouthfeel enhances the enjoyment. Salty very bitter finish. A fantastic IPA!