deyholla (9635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from the tap at EBF. Poured hazy orange amber with a tan head that lasted throughout the beer and laced slightly. Aroma had a nice combination of grapefruit, lighter citrus and pine that was met by a strong sweet malt backing. Flavor started with citrus and strong sweet grain with a slightly more bitter finish that showcased pine and grapefruit.
j12601 (9079) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at the Saturday sessions of EBF. Pours a lightly hazy ruby brown amber with a thin white head. Huge juicy hops and big malt. Smooth, medium to thick body, lots of malt. Huge. Big smooth carbonation, lots of malt. Too sweet for me, but still tasty. Lots of sweet caramel and long gentle bitterness.
TheAlum (6812) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Sean’s 30th Birthday. Awesome. Pours a nice dark brownish pour, glowing copper orange edges glow, a good well haze pour with a decent sized tannish head that dies to a small film. Aromas are a juicy citrus and tropical fruit melange, fruity and sweet toffee, caramel. Grass, florals, toast, a lot of tropical fruit and grapefruit. Initial is medium bodied, maybe a bit sweet, with tropical fruit, pale malts, some sweeter toffee and caramel. Toast meets decent citrus, florals, and grass. Sweeter, with a good blast of fruity and citrus hops. Big beer, more along the line of juicy fruity hop beer, not overwhelmingly bitter, with a sweeter malt core that sticks it’s head in. Interesting, sweeter. Still has a big fruit influence, but doesn’t balance, instead almost getting sweet and too fruity. Still, an interesting beer.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
Pours an amber-brown color with a thin white head and some spots as it goes down. The nose explodes with strong citrus and pine aroma. Good amount of grapefruit and citrus rind as well as a lot of resin. Definitely a bit of sweet malt in the background as well. The flavor is quite bitter and pungent, though it doesn’t seem too far over the edge because there is quite a bit of sweetness there as well. Mouthfeel falls victim to this, as the bitterness and sweetness don’t quite meld, though the former still comes out on top. Along with that, there’s some booze in there, but not nearly as much as there could be considering the alcohol content. Glad I got to try this, but a few ounces was more than enough.
chibuck (3504) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011 Thanks to Jale for this... Bright but dark copper, great lacing... Nose of pineapple and ethanol alcohol but really nice... Sweet pineapple vodka with a bit of caramel, hardly any alcohol, this is awesome
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark horse super juice... Pours a deeper amber hue with a fluffy very light beige head... Aroma is syrupy cough syrup meshing with a assertive bitter pine and dark fruit profile... Sweeter syrupy profile with a lot lighter hop influence than I would have expected. Light carbonation with an earthy sweet syrupy, a touch medicinal cloying profile. Medium bodied and not too heavy.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft, 2010 4 Elf Release Party. Described as a "quad IPA." Murky medium orange-brown body, thin cream head. Potent nose of catty, herbal, medicinal hops backed by sugary malts. The body was very sweet, a medley of skunky, catty, slick, oily hops and sugary malts, the alcohol not especially prominent. The cloying sugars soften the hops, resulting in a surprising and uncomfortable balance.
italianjohn (2754) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish clear pour beige head and lots of sticky lacing ... aroma is sugary and chewy caramel malts with a resiny citrusy hop as well .... taste is very sweet sugar and chewy caramel malts with a hoppy citrusy resiny bite and a long sweet caramel malt finish with a slight bitter hop .... tastes like an imperial red ale but the sugar to hide the 16% abv hurts all the flavors .... a sipper pretty thick bodied brew .... awesome reddish color
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at dark horse during the 4elf release, 2010. dark amber with small head. medicinal aroma. extremely similar to something i came across in a biochemistry or micro lab. sugar and bread in the finish. not good
blklab2007 (2116) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at EBF has an amber color. Aroma has big citrus, juicy, some sweetness, mild tropics, and some malt. Mouth feel is medium but the texture is great and it coats well. Flavor has big citrus, some grapefruit, big malts, plenty of sweetness, pine, and some bitterness. My lord is this big and chewy loaded with hops and totally warming.