Cannile (15) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I cracked the bottle and was immediately greeted with an explosion of deep forest pine and dank hop skunkiness. Pours thick and moderately syrupy. Dark copper in color. Head dissipates fairly quickly, though leaves generous lacing at every inch it touches. Aroma of sharp pine, rosemary, weed, and grass. As the liquid warms, that signature butterscotch aroma of diacetyl quickly makes an appearance. And although this descriptor may be used often, there is an element in its aroma that smells as if you really are sticking your nose into a package of fresh high-alpha hops. Moderately full bodied and fairly sweet with generous two-dimensional caramel and scotch malt characteristics. Immediately displays a perfect dose of that first-wort bitter characteristic along with that butterscotch diacetyl we talked about upon sipping, following by a complimentary dose of spice and pine hop characteristics. Hardly oxidized. There are little to no fruity, citric hop attributes in this one. I find that the entire hop profile of this beer is balanced in absolute perfect harmony, in that it is not weighted as too bitter, too flavorful, or too aromatic. Also, at ten percent alcohol by volume, there is not a single hint of booze. The first thing that comes to mind as I enjoy this Knuckle Sandwich is a coiled rattlesnake, ready to strike at its unsuspecting prey, in the sense that every aspect of this beer is pulled back and tight-knit; bitterness, maltiness, flavorful, moderately full-bodied ... and yet I am only halfway through the twenty-two ounce bottle and am already feeling its venomous effects. Pretty good stuff.
chargerfanjess (124) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at a function at 50/50,slaters the citrus hops and well balanced malt on a sunny day was great.peffect with a big burger. Only a five oz sample. But a greatness of hop realness.
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ The WWGT2D? Tasting. Thanks, GRG! The pourís really deep cherry amber with a tight white head. Pretty sweet, ballsy nose. Melon and strawberry. Fruit by the foot. Grass and tropical undergrowth. The taste is hugely sweet. Ribbon candy, caramel. Red berries. Quite sugary and bitter on the finish. Full body, big. Overall, outsized in every way.
Bule (571) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beercraft. Pours an amber color without much head. Broad hop flavors with a hint of citrus. Mild overall.
Damnation (6) - Rohnert Park, California, USA - MAR 24, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Beercraft (rp). Appearance was different than most DIPAís, Dark Amber color. Taste was fruity/citrusy with a bitter finish. Could definitely throw a few of these back. Really smooth.
Iphonephan (2667) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Slaterís 50/50 in Pasadena. Pours a clear dark amber with an off white head. Fruity hop nose. Woody flavors with orange notes. Very bitter finish.
umich03jm (1573) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Jason for sharing. Pours a clear amber color with a small foamy head that sits and lingers nicely. Nice musty hop aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, apples, pine, grass and caramel. Taste is actually more sweet than bitter. Musty grass, tropical fruit, caramel apple, pine. Nice spicy hop kick in the finish. Great oily mouthfeel. Awesome stuff.
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Jason
Bottle: The aroma consists big tropical fruits, citrus, pineapple, mango, and citrus. It pours a transparent amber with a two finger white head. Thereís a decent amount of thin webbing left on the sides of glass. The flavor starts with moderate tropical fruits, pineapple, mango and sweet citrus. The finish has citrus hops, light grapefruit, and a touch of alcohol. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel.
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man oh man I have wanted to try this for a long time. Big thanks to Pablo (pabloj671) for sharing this beast. The 22oz bomber pours with a clear deep copper body that has gold hues and supports a dirty white head of foam. The aroma unleashes big mango and malt sweetened grapefruit and tangelo fruitiness that slides right into a mix of pine and thin layers of dank onion hoppiness. Oh wow. This has been long overdue. The taste is just as big and rich as the nose indicated. I get juicy mango fruity sweetness, nice malt sweetened grapefruit and clementine to start and then the hop bitterness ratchets up with pine and dank onion and shallot hoppiness stirring things up. This is big and rich and smooth yet stays fairly restrained as the hop bitterness is firm but not brash. Solid effort here. I could drink this every day, no problem.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Andrew for this brew, Cheerís andrew!
A: Pours a blood orange ale with single finger light tan head. This dissipates relatively quickly leaving a medium sheet of the same. Little to no lacing. Excellent clarity.
S: Lots of pine and resin on this one. Not as much citrus as anticipated. Some hints of cotton candy. ABV obvious here. Plenty sweet from the ABV and malt profile. Above average, but not great.
T: Sweet, boozy, hot on the ABV again. Plenty of pineapple, pine, resin flavors. Medium to low bitterness on this one.
M: Medium to high body with low carbonation. Long slick finish.
O: Well done brew, but would take any of Alpineís offerings over this any day of the week. ABV isnít justified in the relative simplicity of the flavor profile.
Serving type: bottle
MadRobin (1693) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap 5 oz. pour at the 2013 Strong Ale Festival at Pizza Port in Carlsbad (village), CA.
Clear, dark rust with a khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of orange, grapefruit , caramel, floral hops and pine.
Taste of floral hops, pine , citrus, caramel malts and booze.
Full body and medium carbonation.
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