bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Pours an orange amber with a very large head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma of citrus and pine hops with some dry malt.
Begins with a very nice balance of strong citrus/pine hop taste (but not too much bitterness) and semi-sweet toasted malts, then suddenly turns very dry and bitter towards the finish.
Very smooth and dry. Medium body and carbonation.
Exceedingly drinkable due to the smooth body and great balance.
Onslow (1241) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Deep red ale, crystal clear, with one finger of off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, flora hops. Taste follows the aroma - the swallow starts with sweet malts and traslates to a fine complex hoppiness, ending iwth a pleasant bitterness and dry finish. Hops are flora with overtones of spice, citrus, and pine. I didn’t know the style before looking here, but guessed pale ale, so it seems true to me, but the maltiness may also suggest a hopped a red ale. Either way it is a fine fine brew and one that I’ll be getting again. It may be a winter seaosnal but I’m quaffing it on a 96 degree day and loving every drop.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful American IPA. Just the right amount of bitterness. Love this beer on a hot day for that smooth, crisp and refreshing flavor!
BeerKurve (509) - - JUL 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong Piney Hops and Resin flavors with toffee, yeasts and caramel. Very smooth and creamy with a moderate weighted body. Very good American IPA overall
Scotthops (8) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2009 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle in pint glass. Light amber in color, without much head. Nice hop complexity and well balanced, with some caramelly sweetness. Tastes a little thin with burnt maltiness at first, but flavor lingers and develops more with additional sips. Hoppier than many american pales, more like an IPA. My favorite Brau beer.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at Beer Dabbler event in St. Paul. I would have liked to taste something really special for 300th beer. But the closest I could come is something close to where I used to live in Redwood Falls, MN. This beer was surprisingly complex with a very nice combination of hops enhancing a lot of nice malt and carmel. Actually a lot more flavor than often appears in a pale ale.
bigred22 (84) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great beer. It resembles not one other APA that I have had. It was very drinkable with notes of chocolate. This would be a keep a six pack in my fridge at all times beer if I could get it around here. For now I just have to wait till I go visit my brother again in MN. Very well done Brau Brothers!
ccex (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear reddish amber with a small white head. Nose is full of floral and citrus hops. Upon my first whiff I thought that this might be as great as my favorite 3 Floyds IPAs, but the aroma isn’t as complex or overhopped. Taste is only slightly bitter. Quite easy to drink, with slight carbonation. A delight to find, and one I’ll pick up again the next time I travel to Minnesota.
badgerben (4559) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper color with a medium head. Light citrus and caramel aroma. A little buttery. Well this is an interesting and unexpected blend... grapefruit and orange flavors, mixed with a sweet malt body, light caramel and toast. Pretty solid!
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Winterfest. From notes. Double Dry hopped cask version. Pours a hazy gold, with minimal head and decent lacing. Can see the hop resins in there...great looking beer. Aroma is a big punch of hops. Flavor is much the same, with a bit of toffee, but unbalanced hop bitterness throughout. A nice, hop forward IPA that could use a bit more balance.