AvantAle (50) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is spring through and through. Color is reminiscent of a blush wine’s pinky depths. Smells of rose, apricot, malt, alcohol, something moist, and woody half way between oak and cedar. Flavor is what you might expect; wine, but has a little smoke to it. Creamy with a nice weight to it. This beer was much anticipated and worth waiting for. Thank you Dogfish Head.
TaktikMTL (6899) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Verre de 4 oz, provenant d’un fût, dégusté chez Firewaters (Atlantic City, NJ). Arôme: Odeur d’épices, d’agrumes et de céréales. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’épices et d’agrumes avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps et la texture sont mince. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de sucre d’orge en arrière goût. (Rating #913)
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can’t believe the rave reviews of this one, but to each his own...Aroma of spices and light citrus. Slightly cloudy dark brown in color. Full palate. Taste is of spices, coriander, and I’m getting some tomato and beats. Lots of sweetness from candi-sugar. Not impressive really. This is a clusterfluck of flavors that is frou-frou for certain.
Aegrus (49) - USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, Goblet. Not much head on this pour. Pretty light amber beer, which is pleasant. Flavor has grape, wheat, lovely spice and a slight warming alcohol sensation. On the tongue, it is creamy and smooth like wheat ale. Lots of fruit and yeast flavors. Not always balanced, but still very good.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Clear, rosey red-orange body with a sparse white head. Sweet and spicy Dogfish Head house character in the aroma, which includes notes of cinnamon, grape juice, sweet fruit cereal, cranberry and lime. Flavor is medium sweet, plummy and vinous with a modest wheat impression. Light citric hop profile. Belly-warming. Fair beer, but too sweet. Desperately needs some balancing acidity to carry it through. The gimmicks are fun, but I’d like to see them more fully executed.
Hangover (1104) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a crazy beer. Hazy red/pink pour with a thick, creamy and lasting pink/white head. Spicy aroma with some fruity and citrus notes. Taste is out of this world. Towards the front there is a lot of orange and a hint of the wit influence with some yeast and spice. The middle explodes with strawberry, wine, plum, cherry and the high abv just seems to make it sweeter at first, then tart towards the finish. Lingering fruit into the finish with a nice warming from the booze and some residual stickiness. What a great idea and what great implementation. Fantastic brew!!!! Expensive but worth it!!
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy ruby body with a medium white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of orange peel, frozen strawberries, and oak. Flavor of coriander (too much), orange peel, pinot sweetness, spicy yeast, and alcohol.
Tmoney99 (13062) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Dilly deli. Poured clear reddish amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly diminished with an fair lacing. Moderate spicy citrus aroma. Medium body with sticky texture. Medium balanced citrus flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber with reddish hues and a light pink head. The aroma has a fruity wine nose. Flavor has fruit and a pronounced wine presence throughout. The finish is light and yet full upon the palate. The alcohol is hardly apparent despite the high content.
jrob21 (3333) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear auburn and quickly dissipating white head. The wine barrel aging mellows out the wheat and citrus tastes of a typical white. The aromas of spice and citrus are still there though. Lemon is faint upfront. Malt on the backside is smooth and slightly fruity on the finish.