holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to andrew for this pour from a 750ml. Glowing orange with a white bubbled head. Hops citrus sweet grapefruit. Thin but nicely carbonated. Solid juicy grassy pine bitterness. Tasty stuff. 8/4/8/4/16
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy orange amber color with a small beige head. The aroma has orange citrus and touches of pine with some sweeter candied caramel malts. The flavor opens with moderate bitterness, moderate amounts of citrus and pine hops, some earthiness and a touch of the caramel malts. This comes off a bit understated and lacks punch.
thomas15 (689) - USA - APR 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hay, floral, earthy, golden, cloudy, frothy, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, flat, last of several bottles drank. aged one, non aged bottles tasted better. decent beer but for such a quality brewery i expected more for their 21st anny release.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml from the Wine and Cheese Place, St. L. Deep opaque amber pour, with not a whole ton of carb. Nose faintly floral and sweet. Mouthfeel was a bit heavy too (with mild heat, surprisingly enough, and a bit slick). The flavors were sweet and almost artificially floral, very odd and almost like an over the hill wet hopped beer as opposed to a fresh leafy offering. It may well have been different fresh from the brewery, but . . .
Dchobbs (33) - Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice copper red color with an aroma of eucalyptus, nickel, rainwater, and barley.
Excellent body with amazing citrus taste of pumelo and grapefruit.
rader58 (816) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly opaque dark copper color. Aroma of citrus, grass and floral. Flavor is grass, citrus, resin and sweet-tarts. Overall a good beer, but lacking a bit for the smokestack series label.
CanIHave4Beers (3557) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep orange with a big semi loose head and some lace. The aroma is floral and piney with a light toffee character, pungent and straightforward. The flavor is very very fruity right up front which gives way to a very spicy hop character which really takes over the whole flavor of the beer. Up front the beer seems a bit malty sweet which works with the fruitiness, but it finishes very bitter and dry giving a really pleasant palate all around.
This probably conquers the feat of presenting both noble and pacific northwest hops in the same beer better than anything I could imagine, just a truly unique pale ale.... I’d be thrilled if they rebranded it for further sale later.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle with Pawola22. Many thanks to Brian. A very pleasant and well balanced stronger apa with a nice wet hop profile. Poured with soapy white bubbled head, a nice ring of retention, medium bodied, sightly hazy, and a burnt orange color with some reddish hints. The aroma is fruity with some candy, licorice aspects that provide some uniqueness. Mild citrus, English cookie malts, light earth, and minor caramel as well. The body is thicker than a standard apa, but nicely smooth and easily drinking. Flavors start with citrus fruits up front, with English mild malts as well. A mild bitterness persists throughout, but not enough to classify as an ipa. Cereal grains, light nutty caramel, and then herbal hop and mild fruit in the wet finish. High quality stuff here, not incredibly unique, but well done.
nimbleprop (5798) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle pours a transparent, bright orange with a clumpy, white head. Nose is floral, honey, herbs. Flavor is honey, herbs, flowers, light citrus. Medium bodied, sweet finish.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared at Nashville Beer Summit 2011. Hazy orange brown in color. Nose of spicy, fresh hops. Dull hop taste. Nice bitterness though. Could be better but not bad.