tofubeth (10) - Vermont, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nicely complex beer but far too aggresive on first drink: extremely hoppy, with slightly too much alcohol up front. If youíve been sitting with a few pints of 60-Minute IPA, then this is a great chaser, but only if youíre ready for your friends to call you a cab at the curb.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Almost no head at the pour. Beautiful copper hue. The taste is very complex. Bitter then sweet then bitter then trails off with a sweet trail. Itís like honey and grapefruit. Itís an Bipolar IPA mixing the sweetness of barley wines with the bitterness of IPAs. The really is no way I can describe the flip between bitterness and sweetness. Very unique. I had this on tap (11/27/05) and on tap this beer blends the two halfs perfectly and the transition is absolutely smooth.
beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden in color with a fairly large head. Smells ridiculously hoppy; citrus, fresh cut grass, the works. Taste does not fall short of expectations, appropriate level of bitterness. Surprisingly smooth, with a strong, mule-like alcohol kick in there. Me and my porch like this one on late afternoons.
Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet with quite a degree of alcohol, sums it up. I would have to agree with rich, a little over rated.
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Original rating: 8/11/05 - 7/3/9/4/18=4.1Clear yellow-orange pour, with an extremely creamy off-white head that laces fantastically. Medium-strong standard hops aroma, acerbic and cloying. Impressive! Flavor is so smooth and silky, with fantastic symmetry in the flavor profile and a complex blossom of hop and malt notes. Absolutely delicious, I wish I could drink this for days on end. Complex blend of cream, wheat, malt, brown sugar, grapefruit, floral, and light almonds. Palate is very sweet and sticky, making you want for more. Chewy, with a very strong texture. Fantastic. More drinkable than most IIPAs Iíve had.
Rerate - 12 Oz Bottle - 6/3/6/2/13=3.0 What the hell was I thinking? This is terrible. Aroma is a stagnant cesspool of catty hop flesh and decaying ferns. There are some bright spots with a little candied resin. Pour is acceptable with a burnished gold afroth with white. Flavor is immediately sapifying. Theres too much sugar from the get go. Cats climb into bed with caramelized raisins. Lots of stinky residuals, greased with high gravity yeast by-products. Filtering removes probably any intrigue. Theres a creamy softness, likely derived only from excessive malt content. It doesnít approach the warm breadiness from hop construction in good examples. Palate is downright sticky. Theres a creeping ugly plant bitterness in the backend. Combine that quality with excess sugars and I left a third of a glass at the bar. Iím glad to see my tastes have improved. New score is composite.
RichardGretton (4448) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask@GBBF, 05. Pale beer with a dry and sweet aroma and a syrupy flavour with a dry finish. Overall an over rated beer.
leaparsons (8975) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, GBBF 05. Hazy orange/gold with a small head. Aromas are very floral, spicy pine hops with palma violet sweets and spices oranges. Sweet with quite a degree of alcohol. Flavours are sweet and malty for starters, followed by lots of hops pine and spiced oranges. Also, some orange pith bitterness with warming alcohol on the finish. Had quarter of a pint and that was enough for me.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 Copper, Aggressive, alcohol bite, very hoppy... obviously, complex, piney, citrusy, herbal spiciness. Good beer.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Deep orange color with little head. Intense but well balanced hop nose-- lots of grapefruit and floweriness but also a fair amount of malt sweetness, pine tar, and alcohol. Flavor is very well balanced with lots of hops citrus acidity and bitterness, a hefty sweet malt middle, and a tacky, tangy hop/ alcohol aftertaste. Consistently impresses me, just a really fine treat.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2005 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - GBBF 2005. An amber orange coloured beer with a massive hop aroma featuring lots of grapefruit character. The taste is lovely and hoppy. Plenty of citrus hops - grapefruits, oranges and satsumas. Full of flavour and for me better than the Ruination.