tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Cool... even though I have some other CCB brews in the cellar, this is the first one that I have actually had the opportunity to taste. Incredibly unique aroma. Resinous hops and spicy cedar are definitely at the fore. Fairly big, dry cracker and biscuit malt profile. Just a touch of alcohol, but not too distracting. The more the beer warms, the more the hops take a backseat to the wood. The hop aroma that is present is mostly oily resin with a very light citrus and cut grass aspect. Pours a definitely unfiltered murky, hazy dark orange with a resilient off-white head. Flavor is rather straightforward, but very unique as far as an IPA goes. Oily, sticky hops, toasty malt and dry, slightly spicy cedar. Some mint and cilantro. Dry bread crust. The spice and dryness of the cedar compliment the hops of the beer incredibly well. Fairly full bodied for and IPA. Velvety texture. Perfect carbonation with a lengthy and spicy finish. Delicious, highly drinkable and incredibly unique. Thanks Bryan!
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark hazy golden orange/amber color with a 1.5 finger frothy, pillowy off-white head. Good retention with soapy chunks of lacing.
Citrus earthy hop aroma. Floral and citrusy with an excellent biscuity malt backbone with a subtle cedar smokey tobacco presence.
Creamy medium body with soft carbonation. Citrus hops, light fruit up front followed by a nice citrus hop bitterness and a nice roasty cedary wooden tobacco presence that leads into a very bitter hop finish. Burnt wood tobacco aftertaste is present with a little too much of a mat backbone for my liking but otherwise very unique, complex and drinkable.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle and big thanks to Hopscotch for this one! I had pretty high hopes for this one... and I was NOT let down. Jai Alai was pretty good, this definitely gave a nice extra character to it. Pours a medium amber orange with thick off-white head that sticks around the entire glass long, tons of lacing. Aroma strong of citrus hops, slight floral, pine, decent grass, some fruity character, and apparently a mild cedar character. Flavor matches well and the cedar adds a nice character that isnít as dominant as oak, bourbon, etc. Mouthfeel is slightly dry, body is medium, and aftertaste is very nice of citrus hops that doesnít start to turn ugly. Very nice brew!
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks TampaBrew. Powerful penetrating, coniferous aromatics. Ití hard to tell where the hops stops and the cedarwood begins, but blended together, they have a wonderful scent. Pours a medium orange-amber, thick beige head, good lace. Flavor dominated by the hops aromatics and wood found in the aroma. The hops aromas far outweigh the hops bitterness. Malt profile slightly wheaty, papery. Medium bodied, hot and dry to the point of astringency.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2009 75cl bottle to my head, courtesy of daknole, thank you so much man, been wanting this for a minute now!
1st glass pours a very nice hazy dark amber color with generous red hints as well. 2nd is much hazier and slightly more brown. the 3rd and final glass is opaque burnt orange color with darker thicker head, should be a 6 on appearance. pours with a late forming 2 finger head that leaves nice rings and legs. head is very dense and creamy, and hangs around for just the right amount of time. aroma is nice and woody, yet not the spicy part of the cedar that i had expected in the aroma. more of a mellowed, earthy piece of cedar. perhaps an artifact that was buried underground.slight musty dank funk to the smell, with even some smoke from the torches they used to light their way as well. nice undertone of a funky cave aged cheese at the end of all of it.
however, the super sharp cedar does come through quite nicely in the taste. starts with a slightly funky crisp sweetness on the tongue, then proceeds into an explosion of hops in the mid palate, blending seamlessly into the slightly hot kick of the cedar effervescence in the back. the sips seem to alternate between an slightly sweet and slightly bitter aftertaste, very interesting. but mostly itís a nicely crisp dryness and bitterness on the palate, i keep getting hints of sour ale funk in the after taste. this brew had very nice carbonation on it. a choppy re-swirling easily brings up a nice 1 finger head at any point through the glass, but feels just right on the palate all the way through. this is def one of the most interesting ipas iíve ever had, if not the most. not an everyday beer, but easily killed the bottle with a want for more! the aftertaste after several minutes is still very nice and lingers for quite a while. awesome beer, with extra points for innovation resulting in tangible goodness.
hopdog (11593) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle acquired in trade. Poured a medum and slightly hszy amber color wtih a larger sized off white head. Laing left on the glass. Aromas of citrus, woodiness, some smoke, floral hopa, and earthy. Tastes of woodiness, earthy, floral, and some caramel. Lighter bitterness factor for an IPA, but quite drinkable.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle via thecheesman (big thanks!). Pours a hazy amber/copper with a small head. Nose is pinepples, pine and wood. Let us take some sips...THe hop and wood cancel each other out..sorry but this does not work for me..after several sips i am left with a boring ipa on wood that does not taste all that good.....
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy light amber pour with thick creamy head. Big floral, citrus hop aroma with a nice touch of cedar woodiness. Good malt body and a big citrus hop bitterness with a cedar smoothness. Very good IPA.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from briank... Pours a hazy light amber brown with medium fluffy white head...assertive red grapefruit rinds and floralness all around. is that the cedar intertwining with the hops? slightly woody as well... flavors also maintain the same consistency. really tasty and juicy grapefruit. Furthermore a nice hoppy dryness in the finish... very tasty and juicy ipa.
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to daknole for hooking me up with this brew. One hell of a beer. Nose has nice citrus hops and wood notes. Flavor is very hoppy, with an incredible finish of bitter hops and more woodiness. Damn, that cedar wood compared to oak is different, but itís also fucking excellent. I loved this beer.