Slatetank (17) - York, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had this on tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown on 4/23/10 - served chilled 10oz pour in a snifter -taken from notes:
A - A dark amber that borders on copper w/ thin quick settling head w/ tiny bead and gentle haziness - lace is sporadic
S - The smell - whoah! This is a totally different beer fresh and on tap! I am so glad I got out to Brass Rail before it kicked. The hop notes are huge, dank and run from citrus to rind and bitter grapefruit smell w/ mild pine and spice. The IIPA has a light ester of alcohol and bitter berry
M - The feel is substantial and emits a texture which has some chutzpah and is more juicy than bitter- the hoppiness has a gentle yeast twang guiding it along w/ carbonation in the moderate range and acidity is moderate too - the finish is dry with lingering hoppy goodness on the palate
T - A lovely fresh flavor of juicy hops like a flavor crystal expands across the palate with flavors that are orangy and tangerine with rind notes adding that mild tart not quite sour edge to the citrus w/ ruby red acidic flavor and light pepper w/ slightly grassy Imagine Nugget Nectar but more alcoholic - like 10% vs 7.5% w/ the same mild caramel note w/ toasted edge of malt in the peripheral flavor w/ mild alcohol under all the full hop flavor which stays fresh til the end
D - I found myself drawn to the fresh pour of this like an Imperial Red, but the amped up super hoppy kind - very very tasty on tap I had to grab a growler to share with my bandmates from the homebrew club it is that good - someone who is not a hophead in the group remarked " I don’t normally like really hopped up beers, but this is very good!" I think you will agree this is a testament of Bullfrog’s skill with west coast style hoppy ales
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Dark orange-amber body. No head. No skim. No lacing.
S: Most dominant element is some bitter grapefruit. A little pine and a noticeably caramel malt base.
T: A near mirror reflection of the nose. Grapefruit, caramel and a little pine. Dank.
M: Oily and resinous. Moderate body with lighter carbonation. Bitter but not particularly tight in the finish.
O: A decently dank brew, but not anything noteworthy (besides the name and the name sake). I’ve had better from Bullfrog so I was a bit underwhelmed.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a nice caramel color with an off white head. even just looking on for the appearance, I can smell the massive dose of hops coming forward. Loads and loads of citrus hops with a good deal of pine. Hints of caramel malt in the background. Taste is all hops with the citrus nearly entirely taking over. Dry and resinous on a medium body, this was absolutely delicious and if I weren’t driving, probably would have stayed all day to continue drinking this.
Serving type: nitro-tap
Reviewed on: 10-20-2010
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a semi clear orange copper with no head. Aroma of citrus, sweet malt and light pine. Taste of orange citrus, sweet light spice and faint pine.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap, at brewery. Pours a clear copper body with a creamy nitro beige head. Pretty big bright and citrusy nose, but somewhat subdued by the nitro I think. Thick caramel malt base that really came out a lot stronger when I had the beer two weeks or so after the first time I had it on the night it debuted. There was a good bit of bitterness that first night that seemed to fade quite a bit in that period. Thick and full bodied, a touch syrupy, even on nitro. Very good the first night it was on, and just pretty good two or so weeks later. A short lived pleasure I guess. My score is sort of a mix between the two experiences.
vtafro (4828) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Capone’s. Orange pour with no head. Pine and grass notes with some light warming. Mango and some slight sweetness flavor dominates.
pineypower (2734) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Capone’s. Pours a clear light golden color with a small off white head. Aroma is of grapefruit hops, and light malty notes. Taste is pine and citrus hops, a light touch of tropical fruits showing up in there also, with a slightly sweet malty note or two in there also. Solid IIPA.
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, floral hops, citrus, orange peel, vanilla, and toast. Taste of pine, grapefruit, citrus, sweeter caramel malts, and a bitter, slightly alcoholic finish.
Macegan75 (750) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Capone’s brunch last Sunday. Pours a muted golden yellow with slight head and little lacing. The aroma was strong with grapefruit, cumquat, pine resin and floral hop smell. First sip is pleasant with malty over tone and a quick bittering hops make it finish nicely.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of hops, grapefruit, light pine, slight resin, slight tropical fruit, and light grass. Poured amber in color with a tiny, off-white head that lasted around the edges only. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of hops, light tropical fruit, light grass, light grapefruit, and resin. Medium body. Oily, thin, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Hop and resin finish is sweet not bitter. Not nearly bitter enough for a IIIPA. 10%ABV is completely hidden throughout.