Beerman6686 (4671) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one poured a hazy orange color with an off white head. Aroma was sticky sweet malts, grapefruit, pine and cedar. Flavor was bright strong grapefruit, some pine, and then a big strong cedar taste to balance out the sweetness at the end. Very interesting beer.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Thanks DChmela!
Rich coppery pour with a nice lacie head. Citrus Pine nuts dark malts. Flowery finish.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Good floral and grapefruit aromas. Darker shade of orange body with off white foamy head. Good lacing left on mug. Mellow IPA with grafruit flavor some mild spice notes in the background. Good beer to relax to after work. Thanks Eric.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared by DuffManSW, again, big thanks Sean. Rating #145. Very nice color, kind of orange with a slight pink tint to it. Great aroma as well, light pine and some citrus, very floral with some sweet spice as well. Hoppy flavor, more sweetness and a little spice, real nice hop character, very good beer. (1032)
mcox90 (1587) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of Daknole. Pours a hazy red/orange color with a good sized off white head and a lasting veil of foamy lace. Heavy grapefruit aroma with a cedar undertone. Moderate in body, although sticky, with low carbonation. Flavor is grapefruit hop, as well as some other citrus fruits and pine. Thereís just a subtle hint of cedar in the taste taking some of the edge off the hops. Very nice, thanks again Dak
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to dchmela! Pours reddish burnt orange with a creamy, lasting off-white head. Aroma is a balanced and well rounded mix with lemon zest, pine, orange, earth, vanilla, mint, and a gentle woodsy touch. Tastes of caramel malt and brown sugar at first with nuts, light vanilla, toast, gentle orange and lemon, leaves, and just a subtle hint of nutty wood warmth. The finish brings out a bit more wood and light vanilla fading to a buttered toast, bitter grapefruit, and earth aftertaste. Bitterness cuts the sweetness effectively. Itís well rounded throughout and the balance is impressive. Medium bodied, chewier than the normal IPA though with creamy, nearly soft carbonation. Most excellent!
StefanSD (2188) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of dakine. I was saving this for a special tasting, but due to a change in job status it looks like Iím not gonna make any tastings any time soon. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a big rocky white head that has great retention and lots of sticky lacing. The aroma is strong, sweet and spicy with sawdust(cedar I presume), citrus(oranges and lemon), hops and a bit of candy. The taste is compliments the aroma nicely, toffee malts meet citrus and pine in a smooth drinkable way. The hops are pleasantly biter without being harsh or obnoxious. This strikes me as a maltier version of Pliny, very nice. The palate is a bit uneven starting thin and building a to full, almost chewy, malty conclusion. The finish is long and dry with lingering caramel malts and lightly biter hops. Overall: This is a very good IPA, one of the maltier IPAís that I can remember. I look forward to drinking it again sometime in the future.
zizzybalubba (1497) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2010 750 mL bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Dark orange pour with a thick, creamy off-white head. Big grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and wood aroma with a faint malt sweetness. Bitter grapefruit taste upfront; the cedar is certainly present and adds to the bitterness of the grapefruit. Sticky mouthfeel. The cedar actually blends beautifully with this beer and makes for a wonderful tasting experience. Iím once again impressed by this brewer...July 3, 2010 I had an opportunity to try the 2nd batch of this and, in my opinion, it did not blend as well. The cedar was way too strong this time out. Still good, but no where near the experience of the first bottle.
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 My Bottom Line:
A crafty cedar cologne graces this very drinkable IPA, leading to a nice citrusy and resinous finish. Malts seems accessory in the flavor department, but this is highly engaging for the hop and cedar lover.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam laces all around the shiny amber haze (before the yeast pour, that is).
-The cedar perfume is quite peppery, almost stinging.
-The malt apport is quite understated (lightly caramelized cereals), but the body created is amazingly airy and cushiony.
-Effervescence is expansive and beautifully soft.
-Donít know if itís me, but the bottle I bought in January 2011 was even better than the previous batches I had had. This just keeps getting better and better? No problem with that.
dmac (4199) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared by pineypower thanks Dean for sharing yet another great beer!!! Man I loved wood aged beers and I am lucky enough to have had 3 in 2 days starting with this rare gem. Poured a hazed orange/amber with a long lasting tight creamy off white head. Aroma was lots of fresh hops and the cedar while this beer was still cold was hard to detect but as it warmed it came out more and more. The flavor was a nice combo of cedar and fresh hops with a big emphasis on citrus rind. The palate is where this beer really let me down and somehow it was super creamy and thick in the mouthfeel which I found distracted me from the flavor. Great beer overall just wish it was a touch thinner in the body.