poisoneddwarf (1603) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. This is the coolest label yet in the series. Pours hazy orange with a medium cream-colored head with decent retention. Aroma is extremely citrusy in the best possible hoppy way. This smells so fresh. Tastes fresh, too. Itís really bitter. Tastes like an extremely well-made American Pale, but basic--Iím not getting any syrup or raisins. Carbonation is moderate and the body is medium. Delicious pale ale, but the label makes it sound more experimental than it tastes.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Community Food Co-op - N Forest St, Bellingham, WA
Hazy light amber color; medium sized head. Pungent hop aroma (Nelson Sauvin - like), fruity, some passion fruit and other citrus fruits, lime, pungent animal character too. Lean mouthfeel; it has good caramel and toffee flavor, with very strong bitterness and fruity/pungent hop character; long final, with a biscuity character. Canít get the treacle, but this is a modern Golden Ale, excellent.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
JohnGalt1 - thank you for adding this!
Golden raisin with lumps of light, creamy foam. Lots of lace. Smells real nice to me. Citrusy, piny, bitter grapefruit, a bit of peach, lighter caramel malting. I like the assertiveness of the nose. Taste follows suit nicely with bitterness well balanced with a solid crystal malt background. The hops are resinous, and carry some pine needle, a bit of grapefruit pith, lemon rind and a touch of cattiness. Medium bodied with lighter carb. To be honest, this reminds me of Duet from Alpine, a really nice beer. Well done Elysian - after Novemberís absolute strike out, this was nice.
Serving type: bottle
McNeillR (871) - SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky floaty golden, really odd visible sediment inside...and a decent bright contrasting white film to decent ringed head. Bright Crunchy Nut sweet cereral, keen enough hop in the nose. Lovely sweetness throughout wrestles a tupperware lid plasticyness on top of a mealy wholesome hop. Wee bit of a dragging bitterness, decent enough peppery/foamy carbonation combo. Finish is sweet, moreish but not over powering. Much nice.
Bottle, February Tasting, Brewdog Edinburgh
Strykzone (4405) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks for Hayduke for this one and we shared it together via facebook chat. This poured very hazed dingy golden and had a big gold tinted head. A big citrus hop aroma reminds me of an IIPA. This starts out with big biting hops. Citrus is dry grapefruit. Some floral. These hops are really big. How is this not a double? This series has been so interesting and every beer has been quite good. This beer is, too. Again, why is this not a double?
Garrold (635) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brewdog, Leeds. Lightly hazed, golden colour. Butter tinged, thin, tight, white head. Nice looking beer. Dark sugar sprinkled, ripe tangerine. Dried (although the Missus maintains fresh (like it matters)) apricot. Some lemon sherbet spritz. Taste is an initial sweetness, followed up straight away, by a middle of the mouth, citric, pithy, bitterness. Smooth, slightly gloopy palate. Pithy bitterness on the finish. And the apricot thing... actually, it probably does matter. Thatís why we do this?
PhilJackson80 (229) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 Oz Bomber. The beer pours to a deep cloudy golden color with a citrus aroma. The taste was smooth & well balanced. The flavor had more of a IPA than a pale ale to me. Overall a very good ale.
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22. Pours a cloudy medium amber with a loose and sudsy whitish head. Plenty of lace. Big fresh orange peel and grapefruit nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Big fresh beautiful caramel mid palate with bright and sharply, bitterly acidic hop bite, showing grapefruit and an intense piney resin. The oats, syrup, and raisins donít really show much presence in the flavor profile, at least out of the bottle, for me. But this is clearly the best of the series and definitely a beer worth repeating.
robforbes (2034) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a cloudy orange-amber with a medium size egg-shell foamy head, and very good lacing.
smell is of tangerine, dark pitted fruit, yeast, malt, hops, and a touch of caramel.
taste is tangy, lots of hops, citrus, pine, grapefruit, a bit of sweetness in the back, some malt, spice, and a little caramel. ends dry and bitter. saved best for the last.
bhensonb (10215) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours very hazy orange amber with a creamy off-white head. Huge citrus/grapefruit nose. Med body. Flavor is a bit off for me - in the sense of not enough barley to support the incredible amount of hop. On the other hand flavor is marvelous for me because of the incredible amount of hop. Itís got a very light floral touch, but most all is citrus and a lot of grapefruit rind. Doom must have been the end of the hop budget. So it finishes dry, incredibly hoppy, but smooth rather than harsh. Iím about off about calling golden syrup treacle, but our cousins do it, and itís technically correct. Damn tasty ale!