beernovice39 (3079) - Montana, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours a cloudy amber with a medium off white head. Scent of fruit and earth. Taste is fruit and huge earthy bitter. Very dry finish. Love it!
bkurtz (724) - PERU - JUL 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a slightly hazy, deep amber with an off-white head that quickly dissapated and left some lacing. nice citric nose and then a heavy hoppiness with a bitter finish. Good beer, but I the finish was a bit strong for my taste.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber received in a recent trade with mkabull. Thanks a lot Alec!
Pours a deep dark copper/chestnut brown color with a one finger frothy light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
Slightly floral aroma with hints of earthy pine but surprisingly the nose is dominated by the sweet malt notes. I was expecting more of a resinous, citrus hop presence but there’s only some earthy pine and subtle spicy hops. The nose is very malt forward with lots of caramel, toffee and rye.
Full bodied with more of a hop forward presence than the aroma suggested but still with a strong malt character. There’s a nice bitter, earthy hop presence up front with hints of pine and grapefruit that gives off a nice amount of bitterness that lingers throughout. This is countered mid-palate by a strong sweet malt presence. Hints of toffee, biscuit, chocolate, rye and caramel. A bit too malty for my liking with a dry finish.
Overall this is a decent hoppy beer but the malt backbone is way too strong and takes away from the hop flavor a bit too much. The ABV is well masked and it’s easy to drink but in my opinion it’s too "balanced" for it’s own good.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a pint glass.
4.5 A: Heavily hazed deep amber/light brown color. Two fingers of creamy beige head with good retention and a lot of lacing.
4.0 S: This is hoppy! Mixture of citrusy, piney, and floral hops. Orange, mango, grapefruit, and a bouquet of flowers are the strongest. Despite the big hit of hops, malts are easy to pick out as well. Lots of caramel and toffee especially. The yeastiness is also in ample quantities. I’m not sure if it is coming from the yeast, but I’m picking up a faint "industrial" aroma, but it isn’t as bad as it sounds.
3.5 T: Taste mirrors the nose. Grapefruit, pine, orange are strongest hop flavors with a light herbalness and general citrus underneath. Moderate to heavy bitterness. Lots of caramel malts and some toffee. The yeastiness combines with the malts to give a healthy breadiness. Lot of good stuff going on here, but I’d prefer that this be a bit cleaner.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess as well.
3.5 D: Good beer for what it is, but I’m not a big fan of hoppy beers that have strong bready flavors. Filter this and I think I’d love it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-21-2011 01:20:55
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Dispenses a lightly hazed, dark copper-amber body with a foamy, lasting, ecru-colored crown. Sufficient lacing on the way down.
Smell: An earthy aroma compounded with a heap of essential citrus oils and punchy pith shards over the lesser malt hints of toast and caramel.
Taste: Sweet caramel and an additional light sprinkling of sugar atop toasted bread and toasted grains at the opening. Pithy, fruity and the concentrated quality of citrus oils providing flavors of grapefruit, lemon, and, just maybe, some dried bitter orange peel. Then, it quickly switches over to being earthy and firmly resinous, and, though there’s a small rebound of that initial sweet maltiness, it snaps back to those sharp resins and the cumulative bitterness. Longly bitter, rather dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A smoothness is noted, friends.
Overall: At a punchy 8%, I’d say it’s better lumped in the catch-all American Strong Ale category, but that’s okay, I can go with the flow.
Frank (2384) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sight unseen, I’d say this was a black IPA or something. It’s a hoppy beer w/ just a hint of roast grain flavor but it’s really an amber color w/ a foamy white head which leaves behind lace in soapy splotches. The nose citric and floral hops first w/ a bit of coffee-like roasted character. Flavor is much the same w/ the roast taking on a more ashy charcoal kind of character. This is a slightly sticky brew but medium bodied w/ brisk carbonation to keep it from getting all gross and heavy tasting. Firm, balanced bitterness and a hint of alcohol burn round out the finish. I am not sure I can say every element comes together perfectly but this is a nice, complex strong IPA-ish brew overall.
tmoreau (2126) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bombers for "An Evening of Clown Shoes Beer" at Lunar Brewing Co.. Displayed a brownish color with ruby highlights, off white, bubbles & cream head foam, and spots and streaks of clingy lacing. The aroma was mid-fruit sweetness, aggressive, citrus and pine hop presence, and smooth, balancing malt. The flavor brought to the palate the powerful hop content, and the ability of the abundant malt to control what could have become a hop missile. Add some alcohol warmth, and earthy & floral hints, and you’ve got a decent Strong Ale.
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served in a tulip.
Pours a dark mahogany color with a two-finger off-white head that is quite thick and creamy. Good retention. Lots of ringy lacing on the way down. The nose has some strong piney hops and quite a bit of amber malt. Mild amount of caramel there as well. The flavor brings a good amount of piney hops with a bit of earthy hops there as well. Good hoppy character throughout. Moderate amount of caramel malt and also some bread. No real sweetness. Medium body with good bitterness coming through into the finish. Solid brew all around.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-06-2011
TaktikMTL (5546) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille de 22 oz achetée chez Luke’s Liquors (Brewster, MA). Arôme: Odeur de caramel et d’houblons. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée opaque. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons résineux avec une pointe de fruits tropicaux et de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #3688)
italianjohn (2232) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange reddish amber pour thin off white head lots of sticky lacing .... aroma of chewy caramel and resiny hops ..... taste is of chewy caramel malt and resiny hops, nice citrusy hop flavors with earthy tealike flavors lots of bitter hop on the tongue malty backbone that leads to a bitter finish ... decent thanks shueyy