XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Ryan, has some great pineapple and brown sugar like scents. Taste is a bit of a sugary mess.
ryanfolty (1857) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
November 16, 2012 bottle from the brewery. Dark orange pour (like an Arnie Palmer) with nice head that faded quickly. Sweet, fruity and hops in the aroma. Taste was consistent, but just too sweet and a not good bitter finish.
Jriggz7 (117) - Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Notice exotic orange / sangria character. I found to be very intriguing in retrospect. Enjoyed quite well on game day.
Reynolds314 (2362) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very malty bitter muddled mess. Tastes like a pile of dry leaves, bittered and boozed up. CC makes so many great and so many mediocre beers but I love the experimentation.
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy orange pour with a white head. Sweet and malty nose with tons of caramel and toffee. There’s a mild booziness to it, a bit of fruity hops, and a floral note. The flavor is similarly sweet and malty. Lots of caramel, bread, and toffee. Light citrus notes, some peach, a bit of pine, and some alcohol. Maybe a light floral hop character, too. Very minimal bitterness.
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle. This brew poured a hazy dark copper like orange topped with an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head, which slowly receded and produced some superb sheets of sticky lacing.
As for the aroma it was bold and robust of a sweet light bread malt, floral and resin hops and a chewy doughy yeast, it also possessed notes of caramel, toffee, mango, citrus (orange), a light hint of butter and a strong scent of alcohol (cognac).
The taste was rather intense right off with a sweet maltiness and had a nice buttery caramel presence from the get go, but quickly become very hoppy with a bold resin flavor and a sweet fruity alcohol ending. The aftertaste was with you for a very long time preceding the swallow, with a sweet hoppy alcohol warming left behind for further enjoyment.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and somewhat syrupy in texture with a medium carbonation.
Overall I found this to be an Imperial IPA that was very sweet, in fact it tasted more like a Barleywine than anything else. That being said, it was a fantastic brew with a easy drinkability and a fantastic fruity hoppy taste...
Ernesto987 (3776) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very very malty ipa. Come on bros u are way better than this. Clean your game up. Hit the showers.
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to a hazy orange hued chestnut colored body with a white head. The aroma is a light orange covered chocolate. Like orange oil. The flavor is bitter grassy and pine hops with some light oranges and bitter malt. No signs of chocolate. The palate is medium bodied and has an extreme lingering bitterness.
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangish pour small dense white head. Aroma is orange zest a hint of coriander some candied sugar a hint of alcohol. Full well coated palate. Flavor reminds me of a big sweet IPA. Lots of sweet malt caramels a good amount of orange zest hints of grass some hints of graham cracker. This beers a bit of a hit mess but it all works out and tastes pretty good.
mcberko (6704) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, sent from Gillard (thanks a lot, Ryan), pours an opaque dark orange with a small beige head. Nose is very fruity and sugary, --more sugary than hoppy for a IIPA--, with notes of grapefruit, mango, candied sugar, resinous hops and a big sweet caramel malt backbone. Flavour matches almost identically, with loads of caramel malt sweetness, some grapefruit, some other tropical fruits and then a blast of resinous hops - finishes lightly bitter and quite sugary and fairly boozy. Way more malt-forward than a superior IIPA should be, but it’s still drinkable. Far from refreshing and more like a thick, syrupy barley wine, but still quite enjoyable.