PorterPounder (6711) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - New Leaf Market - 12 oz bottle. Deep, dark orange pour with a fluffy, creamy slightly off-white head. Rich aroma of chocolate, some spruce and citrus. Chewy caramelly flavor with some chocolate accents, constrained (thankfully) west coast grapefruity hoppiness and some nectarines. Thick, creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Does not have that "organic" funkiness to it. Very decent. ABV hidden well.
sloth (2717) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large, dark tan head, excellent retention with a thin, coating lace. Very hazy, orange colored brew. Flowery, fresh hop nose, spicey, pine and fruity citrus notes. Body is medium, lightly oily with a soft carbonation. Medium sweet caramel maltiness, grassy hops, a touch oniony, light mango and orange citrusy notes. Finish is lightly sweet but balanced with an assertive bitterness. Nice little quaff. Procured in a trade with my favorite left coast connection, Cliff! Thank you SDbruboy!!
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Nice orange Ė copper color with creamy off white head. Fairly light aroma of piney hops and a hint of malts. Very nice pine hop bitterness and a bit of the sweeter pine hop flavor. Plus caramel malts to attempt to balance the hops. But the hops win out. The best organic beer Iíve had to date.
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma has nice caramel and lightly toasted malt with pine and citrus hops. The appearance is deep amber with s slight haze and a larger than average head. The flavor is full of discord. On the one hand we have great caramel malt and on the other soap and chemical bitterness (I was expecting citrus or pine). The palate is thin but a little sticky; long bitter finish. This one falls a few tenths of a point in my overall rating because the bitter element is astringent and soapy.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark yellow pour thick white head some lacing. Well hopped aroma almost oily by scent floral and citrus w/ a small carmel back. Lighly oily well coated smooth and lightly creamy palate. Flavor is light and easy to drink no real lingering bitterness mostly carmel balanced against a floral hop and a touch of grass. Nice.
Suttree (5766) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orangey brown, foamy head. Bready, toasty flavor, with a smokey edge. Brown sugar malt notes and a vegetal, green hop finish.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured a cloudy amber color with orange highlights and a nice sized off white head. Had a big malt nose with some floral citrus hops. The taste leaned more toward the malt than the hops with a good amount of alcohol in the finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks Dark Elf. Pours with an orange body topped by a thick head with some lacing. Itís bitter yet sligthly sweet with a grassy, hay like hop note and a slightly piney finish. Seams to be lacking something. Medium bodied, slightly dry and a touch warming.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) For an IPA, the complete lack of hop aromatics seems totally bizarre, and the aromas of fresh grain and bread have a borderline stinky quality to them. If this were a blind tasting, going by how this beer smells, I would never guess it to be an IPA, and Iím not expecting to like how it tastes either. But the flavor is closer to IPA form, overlaying mildly sweet, grainy and very toasty malts with moderate amounts of floral and citrusy hops. Floral at first, the citrusy and bitter qualities donít really become evident until late in the finish. It is medium-bodied, fairly dry on the palate, and has a pleasing, round mouthfeel. Light amber in color and fairly hazy. The magnificent, off-white head pours to an average size, but shows superb retention, maintaining a quarter-inch layer on top of the beer, and leaving many large patches of lace on the glass. Overall, itís a very nice, drinkable beer, good balance and an enjoyable, toasty flavor, and even shows a little spunk at 7% ABV. Who says organic beers canít be good!
mgmike4 (30) - valencia, California, USA - AUG 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
not a strong aroma...hint of pine and citrus....the taste needs work...very earthy overtones...almost like tatse like dirt...not that i eat dirt....disapointed about the flavor...alcohol is present but not too bad. good palate all n all.