JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale amber beer with a thin white head. Light spicy aroma, notes of honey, some spicy/woody golding type of hops. Flavour also shows light zesty malts, honey and some woody hops. Fairly peppery and alcoholic with a fairly bitter finish. Sort of a lightly hopped ESB. Tasty brew.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was just not up to par on my palate. Something was unbalanced and off kilter. Hazy orange, darker to a lighter brown, in the light. Small fluffy head, nice appearance with some signifigantly sticky lacing. The body had hardly any carbonation and had a sour warm and wet mouthfeel, with some very string vinous and woody notes. Lots of sour fruit flavors, interacting with alot of maltiness. This one to me just went downhill from the very beginning. It is unbalanced to me overall.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazey pale orange with a very thin cap of off-white foam. Lots of lacing in thick webby sheeting coats the glass.
Aroma is thick and fairly full of broad intensity from a big load of juicy, citrusy hops and caramel covered bread dough.
Taste is just as broad, lacking some fullness until the finish where it gets a bit more complex and thick. Citrus stays the course from start to finish with bittering tangerine skins and blended dark orange flavors. Quite nice really. The malts stay in the back, the way back, with a pale malt dryness and some doughy sweetness. Keeps a tilted balance as the hops are heavy on the flavors and character leaving the malts behind to do just a little bit of placement along the way. Quite orangey. My tongue is getting a work out. Whew...
Feel is abourt medium with a heavy citrus carry-on of orange flavored luggage that provides extra heft to the overall payload. A bit of warm and rough hoppy citric skin and pithy texture finds its way once you get into it. Gets SO much more vigorous as it warms my head is swimming with sillyness now.
Mucho yummy stuff.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is caramel amber with a big dense and tightbubbled light brown head...smell is initially hoppy with pine, resin, and grapefruit notes...taste is a little doughy up front with strong resin and pine notes building the bitterness until the finish of grapefcruit bitter...pretty good!
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught pint at Redbones, 12/29/2005. Deep gold and rust tones swirl amidst light copper and amber notes. Moderately hazy, with a dense, yet small white head that is well-retained and laces quite significantly. The aroma lets you know you’re in for a hop ride right away, coming at you with lemon, grapefruit, orange peel and light pine all at once, leaving only a small place for the pale malts. A touch of rusty/sourish munich malt can be sensed as well, but it is nearly lost in the pine sappy-like sourness. The flavor begins very strongly bitter and hop flavored. Light nectarines, peaches and oranges emerge in the background but are fully controlled as grapefruits, lemons and pine resin dominate the palate. The pale malt sweetness is there, in a lightly doughy way, but yet it adds body and light balance, without much flavor. Soft fruits, sweaty hay-like notes and then more grapefruit perfuminess abound in every sip. Surprisingly, the pine acidity seems to recede as it warms and I drink more (or at least, it does not build up to an unbearable level). Sticky hops meet sticky doughy, sugary malts, but there is so much of everything that it is difficult to not appreciate the quality. For all the talk of hops bitterness, pine and grapefruit, it dosent destroy the palate, nor cloy you with the malt. Alcohol is well-controlled and the carbonation is low.
kjharley (8) - anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 30, 2005 does not count
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 1/20
I bought this on a whim, Liked the upfront taste and didn’t mind its hoppiness but didn’t care for the finish.
Didn’t know anything about this beer until I opened it up. I don’t care for these types of beer overall.
buveur (6) - Seattle, USA - DEC 27, 2005 does not count
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the tap. Arrived at the table with no head. Copper red in appearance. Very refreshing and hoppy character. Had with pizza.
OldMrCrow (1869) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 From the bottle
Pours a reddish-orange with a good-sized head and nice lacing.
Great big PacNW citrus and pine nose, balanced beautifully by the warm caramel malts. The flavor follows, the best of citrus hops, almost a sweet IPA or IIPA, balanced beautifully with assertive malt. The high alcohol content is totally obscured, and the warm oily mouthfeel (with no alcohol burn) is the only hint that one is not dealing with a 6% beer.
This is a top-notch beer; the key here is in the balance, and definitely worth revisiting. Well done!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, about a year old, from Sams in Chicago (Dec 2004). Pours a light reddish gold, substantial head dying quickly to leave some creamy lacing...citrusy hops in the nose, bit of caramel, new leather, pine tar, fairly assertive but not particularly well blended....quite hoppy at the front, but large amounts of sweet citrus and more than a hint of syrupy honey keep it in check, as well as making for a somewhat cloying mouthfeel...still the hop level is pleasant, and it dries out enough at the end to provide a nice dried orangepeel citrusy tang...ehh, it’s decent enough.
MIBRomeo (2561) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
brownish orangish color thick white head well laced. Hoppy aroma a bit stale some nice citrus and a good carmel w/ a twinge of alcohol. Palate is lightly creamy and well coated. Reminded me of a barley wine. Big malt taste some carmel and toffee a lightly bitter finish and a warm swallow. Pretty good stuff.