mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from linus stick: pours a caramel brown with a small off white head. aroma is pine and grapefruit rind hops amd a deep sweet malt under that. the flavour is alomost grassy a nd bitter the hops come out in the finish as slight grapefruit rind the malt seems to be hidden in the beer and there is really not much to the flavour, just average to me.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Jason for this one. Little head, amber body. Thick floral, chewy hop aroma. Flavor has a strong hop bite, some vegetative celery, and an earthiness.
MrBunn (2588) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Has a nice reddish copper hue with a head that lets me know it is hop heavy. That said, aromas are fairly mild and it is hard to pick up much more than some mild hops presence. Flavor is very nice, though and is a wonderful recovery from the mild nose. Big pine and citrus hops presence with enough caramel malt to keep it from coming across as watery or pure hops. At times the alcohol is too much and comes through as a little astringent, at other times it blends nicely. It’s a little rough around some of the edges, but better than most.
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear amber. minty hops, pine in the nose. big hop flavor, lots of herbality, caramel up front to balance it out. surprisingly good, hides the 8% v. well.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber body with a tiny white head. Bland nose, light citrus some caramel. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with tangerine, grapefruit, caramel and tea. Medium body is thin with light carbonation. Blah
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of jasonp. Thanks, Jason! Pours a clear, bright golden-orange color; thin off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Some basic earthy hop bitterness, cedar, and dry earthy malts in the aroma; a bit resigned. Relaxed carbonation. Sticky, earthy and citrus malts in a medium-to-full mouthfeel: a touch watery on the edges; fair amount of residual sticky maltiness. Long, sticky finish: wet malts, red fruits, and some earthy bitterness.
argo0 (12371) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, thanks jasonp) Medium off-white head atop lightly hazed amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, light pine. Taste is medium sweet, pine/grapefruit, some caramel, nectarine. Medium body, some resin, low carbonation, alcohol well contained.
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-gold body with small white ring for head. Nose of strong grapefruit, pine, and wood. Flavor is grapefruit and caramel. The palate is a little clean and foamy, and overall, the beer is just standard, though still drinkable.
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours amber/copper. Nice citrusy aroma. Notes of grapefruit, citrus and piney hops in the taste. Decent brew.
Earlier Rating: 1/31/2008 Total Score: 3
Had this on cask. The beer looked great very murky with a offwhite head that stayed around for nearly the whole beer. Smell was earthy with some pine notes. Taste was alittle malty sweet with a piney hop flavor. Finish was alittle bitter. Tasted really flat to me.
Dogbrick (9672) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cappelli’s in Washington, PA. This brew pours a mostly clear dark amber color with a thin white head that dissipates slowly. Hoppy aroma with touches of pine and citrus. Medium-bodied with a moderately bitter hoppy character. Notes of pine and grapefruit with a small amount of malt in the background as well. The finish is hoppy with a lingering bitterness left behind. Overall there is just enough malt to keep this beer from becoming overly astringent but it is still pretty close to being too far in that direction. Still it is above average.