Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber color. The head on this beer was awesome. Lasting cream colored and sticky. The head itself tasted creamy and of hops. The Aroma was very strong pine and citrus. The taste starts out mildly sweet then hits you with the hops. Very bitter finish. Taste, like the aroma, of pine and citrus. heavy bitterness and medium bodies. This is alittle unbalanced for me, VERY bitter. After your palate gets used to the bitterness itís pretty good.
Also, it seems to mellow a bit when it warms.
BMan1113VR (7835) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via a trade. Pours with a medium sized, creamy, off-white head with good retention and lacing. Body is a murky brown to bronze hue. Clarity is pretty poor. Aroma is first and foremost hops, featuring notes of pine, citrus, orange, light mango, and tropical fruits. Lightly sweet, caramel malt presence that goes towards toffee and brown sugar at certain moments. Lightly grainy and bready. Floral, tangerine. Medium esters. Flavors are dry, bitter, lightly astringent up front. Medium malt sweetness on the mid palate, finishing with a fruity (tropical, citrus, tangerine) hop presence accompanied by an assertive bitterness, and a bit husky and chalky as well. Aftertaste is a bit of a bready grain character with a bit of fruit (esters and hops). Medium to long duration. Bitter balance. Lightly roasty, which is a touch off-putting. A bit of a grassy, vegital hop presence is also noticeable. Medium to lively carbonation, a touch creamy. A bit astringent. Medium alcohol presence. A decent beer overall but some harsh astringencies (married to the slight roast flavor) are a bit off-putting for me. Nice hop bill though.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22 oz. bottle) Pours dark brownish-amber with a finger or so of tan head. Aroma of citrus and pine. Nice, light slightly weepy rings of lacing that are well-retained. Flavor of citrus and pine with light sweat over caramel. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Gets alot better as it warms with a nice caramel-chocolate malt presence. Decent.
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium towards dark amber brown, OK head. Aroma is slight caramel and a fist of coarse piney hops. Flavor is a match - a tiny bit of grapefruit intercedes, but this is surprisingly piney, to the point I would have called Columbus. Wait a second, I just read the label, unlike the description above, they did use Columbus! Totally unjustified feeling of perceptive superiority washes over me. Nice beer - like it more than I usually like pine bombs.
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Large beige head atop lightly hazed dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, melon, berry, grapefruit/orange. Taste is moderately sweet, pine/grapefruit, light berry. Soft medium body, some resin.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 19, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle @ Goodbar Beer Club. Hazy brown, white head. Nose is tropical & big caramel malt sweetness, some burnt notes. Flavor is caramel, berries, orange. Too much bitterness here along with ashy & astringent notes.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Villains. Pours a deep reddish amber with an offwhite head. Nose is full and fruity. Tropical fruits and a caramel dominate. Kind ofa candy type sweetness. Pretty pleasant nose, really. On taste, it is mildly sweet, but it is also a good level of hopping. Bitterness keeps it from cloying. Full flavored and medium full body. Lots of Tropical hop flavors. Pretty solid, actually.
wedgie9 (1843) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted on 4/7/11 from a bomber bottle. Pours hazy light amber with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to thin lace and a nice collar. The nose is toasted rye bread, chocolate malt, and some resinous bitter hops. The flavor is light chocolate malt up front, and then intense resin bitterness takes over and dominates the rest of the palate. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long resin bitter finish.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, brown colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma has lots of piney citruses and tropical fruits with a really nice caramel sweetness to balance. Some crystal malts and bread along with some melon, orange peel, and a light spicy earth. Flavor is quite bitter. Lots of piney, aggressive hops with a bit of an earthy spice. Orange peel and grapefruit-citruses with a bready caramel maltiness and some crystal sweetness. A touch of alcohol heat towards the end as this finishes dry and bitter with lots of pines, some citrus, and a light bready caramel before leaving a very lengthy aftertaste. Medium, smooth body and moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid beer. Itís definitely one-dimensional when it comes to the aggressive bitterness, but there is a distinct, light citrus note thanks to the Citra hops and a nice bready caramel to balance. I enjoyed this one.
TheBeerGod (5187) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark, rusty amber pour with a tall, fluffy beige head. Aroma is big spicy hops, citrus oils, orange rind, soft caramel and pine. Taste is big pine and citrus with spicy hops, faint caramel, melon, and tropical fruit. Body is medium with a strong lingering bitterness and moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry and bitter with aspirin notes, citrus rind, spicy hops, caramel, melon, light tea notes and pine.