ElGaucho (2307) - 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 (1092) - 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 (12050) - 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.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazed amber, thin white fizzy head. Mellowed nose of pine, citrus, toasted caramel, peach, earth, and touches of tropical fruit. A decent hop bite on the initial few sips tend to mellow out as it warmed. More notes of pine, citrus, earth, mango and sweet malt re-appear along the way as it almost balances out. Still hop-sided, but good nonetheless. Full bodied, prickly carbonation, clean, bitter finish. Think this bottle was aged a few months. I bet fresh, this stuff was spectacular. Still worth a hophead visit thoughÖ
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle compliments of harlequinn for sharing and Indra for shipping.
Golden amber color, thin head and good lacing. Nose is piney with grapefruit and light resin. The flavor isnít too bitter but has a thin malty body and a watery brief tail. Could use more caramel malts or body. Finishes clean enough with some lingering hop whispers until the end of the tail.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice hop aroma. Smooth citrus and hop flavor. Slightly sweet without being syrupy. This was a good one, Iíd like to try more.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice piney hop nose, very fragrant and floral, with a ton of grapefruit and citrus overtones, and just ah int of vanilla coming through in the end. Biscuity malt flavor with some piney hop resins in the flavor, much lighter in body than I expected, but still tasty if somewhat unbalanced in acidity and the finish just dropfs off the side of a cliff, still for what it is, this is quite delicious and I am not complaining at all. Thanks Indra!
vyvvy (4737) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange with a moderate head that has nice retention. Aroma has citrus / perfume hops with some caramel malts to balance things out. Medium to full bodied beer with soft carbonation - there is quite a bit of stickiness. Starts off with caramel malts and light citrus and pine hops. The finish is heavy pine and perfume hops, but the malt is still quite noticable. A great beer.