3fourths (7771) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. cola brown pour with a small and quickly subsiding tan head. faint nose of american hop grass / citrus swimming in an ocean of crystal and roast malt caramel / chocolate / toffee. small bit of honey and gum noticed as well. medium body is chewy and goopy while the carbonation is light and the acid mild; all-together itís flabby and syrupy and falls apart as it moves across the middle. small touch of rye seed / bread character is overpowered by the gritty, earthy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. too many ingredients and none with any direction.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a medium, fizzy and bubbly light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is spicy and earthy rye malt, toast and nutty notes, dates and plums with pine and herbal hops. Flavor is malt forward with medium hops and bitterness, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a hazy, reddish brown appearance with a bubbly, light brown head. Very piney and especially floral hoppy, spicy, mild citrusy, herbal, toasty, rye malty aroma. Toasty, slightly caramelized, mild rye malty, herbal/soapy/floral hoppy flavor with mild citrus and pine notes. Somewhat spicy, floral finish. A touch chewy. Not bad but nothing special.
onceblind (3575) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Brewery. Clear nutty red, small but laceful head. Smells remarkably just like rye bread, slightly toasted. Taste was toasty and bready with loads of rye tones, very not-subtle but thatís ok. Quiet bitterness until the finish when it becomes a little bigger, but the hoppiness isnít very pronounced. It seems that all the bitterness comes from the rye, and there is much of it. Itís like the liquid version of toasted rye bread.