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 (9041) - 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 (6371) - 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 (2328) - 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 (1094) - 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.
kmarthomebrew (18) - USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice amber color, with below average head retention. Smelled citrus as well as pine/floral tones. Good malt balance to strong hopping so as not to be overpowering.
Tmoney99 (12404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate malty sour citrus aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Medium smooth bitter flavor with a bitter finish of moderate duration. Solid brew.