ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Served an almost clear bright amber-ruby color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. The head fades at a normal pace leaving behind some good lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of sour dark grape, some other fruits, some faint hops, some vanilla, and a touch of booze.
T - Starts off with some sour and sweet dark grapes with some light hop bitterness and some oak. Through the middle, some more sourness comes through with some vanilla and a bit of citrus hop. The finish is a mix of sourness, with some light booze, bitterness and oak.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour and sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. A bit of a different sour with the IPA base. However, the light hop flavor goes nicely with the sour flavors and the overall beer is very tasty.
Ibrew2or3 (7478) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Drake’s Barrel House pouring up somewhat murky dull copper with lasting off white head. The light aroma delivers some sourness and tartness and little else. The taste is up front wild yeasty tartness, some citrus acidity and then very light notes of what seems like malts and then spicy oak. Not sure I’m getting any “beer” notes here.
mrmartin (741) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
very clear shining Copper pour Small eggy head. Faint sour nose. Resiney hops, wild yeast and earthy malts. Front is Slightly sweet. Strong earthy hops and wine notes. Acidic bitter finish.
very interesting combo although a little too wine-y.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the 6th Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Beer Fest on 11/12/2011. This IPA pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is oak, wood, hoppy and fruity. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are grapefruity and citrusy. Nice carbonation. Good balance between the wood and hops. A touch of the Petite Syrah comes through, very nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. The finish is clean and crisp. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Light citrus hop aroma with light earth and light wine. Red wine and earthy flavor with light pine and light citrus. Medium bodied. Red wine and earth lingers with light pine and light citrus.
brokensail (13243) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky amber color with a thin layer of off-white head. Definitely a tartness to the nose. Heavy on wine and red fruits with a bit of sour cherry and vinegar. The flavor is quite tannic and woody. Red wine, cherry skins, and a touch of vinegar on the finish. Not much of the base IPA left. Medium bodies with low carbonation.
Ratman197 (11246) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a hazy amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of citrus, barnyard, straw and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of barnyard, citrus, straw and light spice with a crisp dry tart lingering funky finish.
joeneugs (4219) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Bistro Barrel fest. It pours an orange color with notes of citrus and some sour wine barrel astringency. The flavor has vinegar, wood, caramel and a distant hoppy finish. Not bad.
marcus (7554) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bistro BA Fest. Pours cloudy orange copper with a modest off-white head and a vinous aroma. There is a funky slightly sour winey flavor with a peaty finish.
nickd717 (3653) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Bistro -Bal Aged Fest. Hazy amber pour with a one finger off-white head. Very bretty aroma with faded hops, caramel, and citrus. Fruity bretty citrusy flavor with slight red wine, oak, and light fruits. Some vinegar notes. Medium-bodied with livelier carbonation. Very good and unique.