kramer (5346) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, via puzzl. Pours a deep copper body with a slight yeast haze under a sturdy tight bubbled beige head that had excellent retention. Nice crisp citrusy and slightly piney hoppiness over a toasted caramel malt body. Very well balanced in the aroma, a nice light nuance of yeast. Big bitterness up front dominates and grabs your attention quickly, but it fades nicely as you reach the finish, showing off it’s big malt backbone with just a subtle lingering bitterness. This is really a showcase for the dry hopping technique, so bright and hoppy, but not harsh in the slightest. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied for the style with a great creamy texture and perfect soft bottle conditioned carbonation. Wow, this was just a fantastic beer!
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful amber hue with a long-lasting head. Cakey, yeasty, earthy nose was very inviting. Gave it another point for its sticky, foamy lace. Nice texture; not too heavy. Malts were complex and well rounded. Aromas of fruit (pear and apple) really gave it some depth. Balanced bitterness, along with some hop aromas, brought it all together. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It was bold yet pleasant.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Thanks to Anders Holmskär.
Deep amber colour. Great hoppy aroma from tea, along with a bit of woody notes. Superb hop flavour with good bitterness and a bit of caramel. Woody, big, longlasting hop bitterness. Medium bodied.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Clear deep orange with a medium head. Aroma of pine and floral hops with plenty of caramel malt.Taste was sweet caramel and perfume with an intensely bitter finish. A standard American IPA, but nothing here to justify the $5 pricetag.
anders37 (18904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Fruity hoppy grapefruit aroma. Sweetish malty bitter hoppy grapefruit flavor . Hasa long malty hoppy ´finish and a long bitter aftertaste.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy, dark brown/copper pour with a lasting head. Oh, and did I mention this shit GUSHED ALL OVER MY FLOOR? -1. Flavor is chewy, bittered malts with lots of finishing hops. Caramel and margarine. Aroma has dank, flowery hops and some sage. Nothing too exciting here.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from jjpm74, as a bonus!!! Thanks John, I was too cheap to pick this up in PA. Pours a hazy amber orange with retentive off white head. Aroma of citrus (lemon, orange, tangerine) with some caramel malts hiding in the background. Medium bodied with an organic/earthy texture. Flavor of caramel, toasted malt, and wet grains that is countered by a huge, puckering grapefruit rind bitterness that carries through to the finish and lingers. Lots of dry hopping on this one,. An interesting take on the style and way out of balance as far as hops go- but I love hops so I don’t mind. Cheapdark would absolutely hate this stuff.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, nuts, wood, chocolate malts, caramel, and resin. Poured dark amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Hazy. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly bitter. Tastes of hops, malts, caramel, resin, wood, and more hops. I do not detect the pine that most people seem to taste in this beer. Medium body. Chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Dry hoppy finish.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2009 Bottle shared by mmtmatrix. A pretty nice surprise. Poured a nice copper color with a moderate off-white head that left some lacing. Aroma of flowery, earthy hops with some light citrus undertones. Moderate bitter, earthy entry leads into an earthy, flowery hop hit with some light citrus on the finish. Full on the palate with a nice bitter dryness. Nice.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark bronze color. Woodsy hop aroma, with hints of pine and spruce. Flavor is very woodsy, maybe some Centennial or Chinook, some lemon. Pretty pure & raw and quite nice and impressive.