taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber, good head. Toasty malt and a surprising amount of hops bitterness. There’s a slight hit of dark candy going on with a dry and slightly bitter finish. An easy drinking beer.
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. A touch hazy, red-orange appearance with a fluffy, cream-colored head. Soapy/floral, a touch citrusy/grapefruit hoppy aroma. A bit tart, grapefruit-centric, somewhat floral, sweet pale malty flavor. I was a bit put off by the soapy element in the nose, but the flavor is pretty nice.
bookman10 (772) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish, copper color with mid-sized head. Aroma of hops and floral notes. Flavor is surprisingly sweet, with hop bite and citrusy notes. Full, smooth mouthfeel and nice, clean finish with only a mild bitterness. Think I’ll have another...
dfinney23 (2391) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice in a pine forest. Taste is similar with mild hop bitterness offset by sweet caramel malt notes.
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A bit heavy for an American Pale Ale, but well balanced. Pine and Citrus with mild bitterness throughout. Nice malty caramel in the background. Finish is crisp and dry with light bitterness. Tasty.
heyprobrewing (31) - Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious. Aroma is grapefruit and citrus and sweet malt and pines. Taste is caramel and more grapefruit. Very good balance of malt backbone with a good amount of hops but not overally hoppy. Palate is excellent and creamy syrupy slightly then finishes dry. Well done.
vikingguy (968) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2015 A cloudy orange color w/ foamy white head. West coast hops aroma. Taste is west coast hops--grapefruit and pine-- and also a solid creamy malt backbone. Notes of caramel, toast and green apple. Hoppy enough to be called an IPA, but not overpoweringly bitter. Very nice.
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - JAN 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A cloudy copper color with a medium head. Smells of hops and tastes the same and malty, just a bit sweet!!
alexsdad06 (7430) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle via SS. Pours a clear amber color with a big fluffy off white head. The aroma has some caramel and lightly toasted bread. A nice dose of citrus with a small dash of pine. The flavor has a caramel dipped bready malt base with some citrus and pine hops. The finish is only mildly bitter. Medium bodied, nice drinking pale ale.
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber/orange color with a thick, frothy white head that has very good retention, slowly fading into a lasting that coats the glass with soapy lacing.
Earthy, floral hop aroma with hints of grassy pine, citrus fruit and pale malts. Dank, oily hops with hints of grapefruit and orange peel along with some caramel and biscuit from the malts.
Full bodied with a prominent earthy, bitter hop flavor up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a dry finish. Lots of grass and dry pine needle flavor that’s slightly countered by sweet grapefruit and orange peel. There’s a decent malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit, providing nice balance without taking away from the hops.
Overall this is nicely balanced and easy to drink but the hop profile is a touch one-dimensional. Other than that it’s a pretty favorable, enjoyable beer. I wish they would have kept this in bomber form.