talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mostly clear, dark amber color with an average, pillowy, creamy, and yellowish head which settles somewhat quickly and leaves some lace. Nose is filled with lots of ruby red grapefruit, resinous pine filtering in right behind and other notes of spicy alcohol and faint biscuits; simple but pleasant. Flavor is not the same with the juicy, ruby red grapefruit hops diminishing quickly leaving dry resinous pine, dead grass, and tobacco. By the finish, only a moderately high onslaught of herbal bitterness remains. The palate is lively, more than medium, and lightly sticky and velvety. Last year’s version was put together much better with the hop flavors melding well together. All the nice citrus notes in the nose and early in the flavor progression are demolished by less attractive hop notes. Good but far less inviting than last years version.
Earlier Rating: 3/2/2007 Total Score: 4
Pours a transluscent copper-ruby color with an average-sized, off-white, creamy, frothy head; longevity is fair and lacing is tight and a little sporatic. Nose is a little muted but still sweet and citrusy; grapefruit, caramelized raisin, lightly bready, and lightly piney. Flavor is totally unexpected; starts with some sweet caramel and some citrus but quickly the hop flavors and bitterness kick in bringing an onslaught of presence. Buttery, biscuity malts back the highly bitter hop notes of herbal and some pine, almost cedar-like by the finish. Palate is interestingly nearly full, slick but still silky, and soft to lively. Finishes average length, all bitter with some warmth and lingering notes of herb and cedar. I would have thought there were more IBU’s than 95 based on the overpowering sensation the hops give, and it did take a while for my palate to adjust to the onslaught. But after the entire bomber, I liked it more after each sip. I think too many people were too quick on judging this one, it is not you typical IIPA and certainly took some getting used to; but it is refreshing from some others that try to simplify the style. Intriguingly sweet nose, and overwhelmingly overpowering hops in the taste.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 Bottle. Pours mostly clear dark (golden brownish) orange with a sizeable head. Nose is a spicy evergreen forest of hops. So hoppy that the initial malty sip is quite a surprise, but it eventually fades into earthy hops with a long nice finish. Lacks the overpowering bite of some IPAs, but the flavors are interesting and very well balanced.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I must say - this is the most beautiful lacing I have ever seen. Decent sized head with good retention and density. Amber in colour. Grapefruit and spicy on the nose and tongue. Nice bitterness at the end. Well balanced nutrition. Good one.
nautwerks (3) - , Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2009 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Empire Ale House. Poured nice dark amber, almost orange with a great head on it.
Aroma was pine resin-ey and malty. smelled great.
Nice malt backbone but there was a flavor I can only explain as over-the-top minty. Like I just ate an Altoid and drank a pint. Made me not want to finish the pint.
Nice warming alcohol and nice and strong!
Don’t know if I could make myself buy a pint of this again. That minty flavor was simply overpowering.
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well if this is in fact a different beer, I guess I will write a review until it’s deleted. The aroma was very nice with lots of grapefruit and other citrus along with some doughy sweet malts. The pour was a nice orange amber with a fantastic head and sticky lacing. Nice hops up front, lots of grapefruit, orange rinds, and some floral notes combine with doughy malts, light caramel sweetness, and a spicy bitter finish. A light amount of alcohol is detectable, the carbonation is light and this drinks very smoothly.
Earlier Rating: 10/24/2007 Total Score: 3.4
Dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is more sweet than hoppy. Some fruit punch or something. This is a thick and syrupy beer man. Wow! Barley wine like sweetness with some grapefruit and pine. Pretty damn bitter really with some caramel malt backbone. Not alot of lingering dryness.
drjay44 (2482) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. 8.75% ABV. 95 IBU per the label. Pours a thick head of good duration with attractive lacing, over a clear amber-gold body......nose is heavy pine, spruce, resin, grapefruit dominating....tastes initially of malt and the the hop layers come in, initially mild, then gradually building to a fairly typical hop bitter finish, which lingers just long enough. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Carbonation is light. The forces in this are incredibly well balanced. Thanks to Roxies.
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange with a very big head and lacing. Strong hop scent settles down and seems hard to find mid-glass. Hops land on your tongue and then explodes throughout your mouth. bit of a dark eucalyptus quality.
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from 22-oz bomber and shared during Surly D-Day. Pours a semi-clear copper amber brew with a thick off-white head that has some nice retention and sticky lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus hops, a touch of caramel and toffee. Taste is expected bitter, medium bodied, with flavors of grapefruit, roasted nuts, caramel and some bread dough. Finish continues its lingering grapefruit aftertaste that changes to a caramel and toffee flavor.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
7-27-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to ditmier
Medium red orange amber color with a good cream colored head and a nice ring of lacing. Smell is very subtle and a bit underplayed, or rather: muted floral hops with a more obvious presence of dough. Flavor is mild hops as well with some more doughiness. Mouthfeel is low to medium carbonation. Not very bold, but decent overall and drinkable.
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This ale pours a nice copper color with a nice head. The nose is of citrus, fresh hops,and slightly nutty. Flavor is very nice. Fresh hop flavor with a nice dry finish. Another great beer from Deschutes.