Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear appearance, cast in a honey-glazed amber-y hue, with prodigioius puffy, lacey foam above. Nice lookiní.
Aroma is soft, piney, citric, pleasant, but muted. Candyish tones overtake bitterness. Appealing.
Brisk blash of bitter on the palate, then caramel flavor rolls in, toffee, like a brief battle between hops and malt, this candyish sweetness muffling the bitterness. Interesting. Fruit bobs up again, but instantly enfolded by sweet caramel. An interesting combo, one I donít encounter in an IPA very often...but one that doesnít quite hold my in sway with itís charms for very long.
Full mouthfeel, lot going on in the texture, medium to full bodied, tasty, complex finish, hangs long on the palate...but, alas, the flavor doesnít quite cut it all the way, for me. Still good, just not what I look for in an IPA. An accomplished ale, nonetheless.
( P.S: I had no idea the alcohol was so high when I first sampled it...kudos for keeping it hidden, but I have a feeling itíll kick in as I finish the bomber!)
Enniskillen (2044) - 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 (6159) - 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 (3000) - 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 (8423) - 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 (6201) - 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 (2292) - 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 (1091) - 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.