Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very fruity, floral aroma with a light hop background. Unique taste is floral and hoppy w/ a sweet brown sugar note.
Rastacouere (6129) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber pour, the head appears as a lasting foamy white cover. Rather alcoholic nose is more or less pleasant since itís very sweet, strongly malty. Oily orange flesh and juicy fruitiness constitute what the hops have to give. Piney palate with more oily hops to display around. Medium bitterness fights around the big, thick maltiness which procures a full body that could use a bit more carbonation. Might have more to say with less alcohol in the way.
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with GregClow, Jerc, Hogtown Harry, and Blankboy, Harryís bottle. Medium yellow, small bubbly head. Interesting lemon spicy hop aroma - pine sol?? Taste is very hoppy, with a decent sweet light malt base. Tasted a little bottly, but that fades. Lots of lingering sharp pine-like hops. Enjoyable and simple, if not one-dimensional. Alcohol is well hidden.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden amber, moderate fluffy white head. (3+) Nice hops, bit of resin, light grapefruity. Aroma seems to fade a bit after the initial pour. Pleasant hoppy character throughout, lightly leafy grapefruit, very muted resin. Lacks complexity but is fairly quaffable. Average palate.
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
oily, hoppy, smooth on the front end, complex and bitter on the back end. easily the best brew iíve had from this company. thereís so much going on here that i can hardly believe this is a breckenridge product. if i see more of their "small batch" line around iíll try it for sure.
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - my bottle. Clear light amber with a large foamy-rocky off-white head. High sharp sweet sprucey hop aroma, with floral and funky hops too, light malt. Taste is very hoppy, a slight hint of metal, mildly fruity malt pretty much surrenders to to grapefruit pith bitterness in the long finish - decent I2PA body, quite astringent, pretty balanced for an I2PA considering itís really pretty simple - it has a surpringly sweet finish, but very nice.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber with generous white heads which fades with sone lacing. Aromas of fruit -- apples, citrus and peach -- up front overtaken quickly by astringent grapefruit hops, a bit of biscuitty malt and alcohol. Taste is huge grapefruit hops, very bitter, over sweet malt, herbs and spice. Very carbonated but refreshing. Full bodied. Bitter dry finish.
ElGaucho (2207) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Initial aroma I couldnít smell hops. But subsequently I can. Itís clearly there. Aroma reminds me a bit of DFH 60 minute. Sweet citrus. Hazy orange body with a large off white head that mostly diminishes. Leaves a tattered blanket of lace. Head is frothy like a cask IPA. Tastes almost cask-like. Plenty of flavor. Fairly good balance but a cloyingness that prevents it from being truly special. Nevertheless, underrated. A treat and a luxury.
Hangover (1058) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my brews gathered through an Indiana trip. This one wasnít even on display, but the clerk recommended it. Clear copper pour with a lasting eggshell head. Citrus and pine hops. First sip I can tell itís a double. Very thick and resinous. Mouthfeel is very active with a bit of alcohol, but not 9%. I found the citrus hops to be dominant and tasted little to no malt backbone. Still,it IS a hopbomb and I like hopbombs. Lots of fruity flavors behind the citrus when warmed. Not close to Ruination or Hercules as it lacks that malt dimension.... but itís solid. Very solid.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
it must have taken years--patient, meticulous years-- for breckenridge to build itís nearly unrivaled reputation for mediocre beers, and here recently they practically blow it with a spate of fairly decent products. what were they thinking? the first time i saw this at the beer store i didnít buy it, making instead a rather porcine and sardonic snort when i observed who the brewer is. anyway, we can all change for the better, so i tip my glass to breckenridge. this 471 hunkers down into a glass giving off a honey-toned glow like backlighting in a tobacco barn, while itís clean white head gear is as jaunty as a little sailorís cap. nice aroma of fruits like the work station at a smoothie bar: itís got orange and more orange, melon, a bit of carrot, mint, green apple... nice. very bitter and yet balanced. peachy citrus and light sweetness, very little indication of alcohol. full bodied with trenchant hops-- a lot of lingering going on here-- but unlike storefront loiterers, were glad they see fit to stay awhile.