StefanSD (2218) - 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 (1546) - 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 (8303) - 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 (4438) - 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.
Fred82 (2115) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle at Sylvainís tasting. Nose has lots of fruity hops and a lot of cedar perfume. Taste has lots of cedar with some hops. quite fruity. Finish is very dry and bitter. Lots of cedar also. Cedar is very present but rather enjoyable. I only had a sample and Iím not sure if I would be able to drink a full bottle of this all by myself. Interesting stuff and Iím very happy I had the chance to try it.
pineypower (2635) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Mcbackus. Pours out an attractive cloudy orange color with a thin white head. Aroma is of earthy cedar, citrus hops and some sweet malts. Taste is very full bodied, woody cedar notes with some citrus hops, some sweet malty notes and maybe even slight fruit in there. Cedar comes through more as it warms up. Iím a big fan of this one, the cedar adds a real nice unique flavor.
travita (4284) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. The look is orangish in color, beige colored head. The smell is cedar, citrus, malts, and caramel. The taste is malts, hops, citrus, slight wood, and some bitterness.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle thanks to HOPSHUNTER. Pours a bright copper orange color with a nice foamy white head that receedes leaving heavy lacing and a light film on the brew. Nose is very mellow and pleasant. Some garden notes and fresh, herbal and floral hop notes. light fruits and sugar sweetness. Palate is full and fluffy with a very clean, crisp finish and a light bitterness. FLavors are floral hop notes and a light sugary note, but as with the aroma, it is very mellow and soothing almost. Im assuming this is the cedar in action. It is just so mellow but so easy to drink and quite subtle, but wonderful flavors and aromas. so glad I got to try this one.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy orange and red pour with a white head. Very hoppy and woody aroma. Cedar flavored with bitter malt and a hoppy finish. Not bad but a little weird.
JK (4811) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this was a success all around with the Minnesota crew. Gold color. Hops nose. Flavor has bitter hops, with a medicinal quality, and a taste & aroma of wet cedar. Dry and quite bitter.