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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The rainbow bridge made from fire, air and water, used by the gods to travel from the world tree, Yggdrasil, to the heavens. Asgard. Brewed with Pale malt and small amounts of Munich and Crystal malts. Bittered with Centennial, finished with Amarillo and Styrian Goldings hops. Strong, hoppy, and smööth


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Pours to a deep brassy red colored body with a nice thin white head that’s bubbly and foamy. Excellent lacing. The aroma is citrusy and malty with sweet fruits. The flavor is a lemony malt with nice barley and light peanuts. Actually a nicely balanced and flavored brew. The palate is medium bodied with a nice carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Thanks Matt!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2005
A nice amberish beer. Very hoppy for a winter ale, but very tasty too. Definitely worth trying and having quite a bit of.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Very nice brew. Pours a dull amber in color wih decent white head and minimal lacing. Some tangerines and lemons in the aroma, along with a bit of dustiness. Lots of malts in the flavor, sticky sweet, plus the flavor of alcohol soaked lemons and oranges. The use of amarillos does not go unnoticed. Kind of reminds me of that frat boy punch where they soak the fruit in grain alcohol. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1420) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Beer pours nice reddish amber color with a well retained beige colored head. Aroma is sweet like caramel with a dash of vanilla also some hops in the background. Flavor begins with nice sweet malt accented by a bit of nuttiness, this flavor sensation is promptly gunned down in flames by a significant Cascade hop barrage. This is not necesarily a bad thing, and I think the finish is quite reminiscent of fresh Bigfoot. Why was this beer classed in English Strong? It seems much more of an American Strong to me.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2005
There was a sweet, candy sugar and caramel sweetness to this beer, but it was almost entirely overpowered (except when it warmed to near room temp) by the resiny hops. I have become really cynical of late about what seems to be a spate of beers of myriad styles all held to mediocrity by generous hopping with C hops. Seriously, people. If it’s an English Strong Ale, it isn’t cute or edgy or over-the-top to chuck Centennials or Cascades in it. It’s stupid, and it turns what could be any number of very pleasant beers into near-IPAs with clashing malt profiles. Suffice it to say, this beer with some milder English hops would have been a real treat. As it was, it took some serious concentration to finish the bottle. What malt notes I could find were of biscuit and weak sweetened tea.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Bottle. A clear copper colored pour, with a thin off-white head. A great aroma piney and citrusy hops. A sweet caramel malt flavor with a bit of roasted hints round out this beer. The hop/malt balance is a bit off, with the hops dominating this beer and making the roasted flavor of the beer a bit odd tasting, but otherwise a decent winter beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2005
22oz. bottle. Hazy amber color with a small beige head. Citrus hop aroma with a bit of pine. Flavor was a sort of dull version of the aroma. A bit hoppy with some biscuity malt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2006 10.09.05 Bomber, thanks to Glenn at HW open house. Aroma is amarillo and centennial and tea. Now, had I known this was an English strong and not an IPA I might have made more sense of the tea notes I was getting. Bitter and empty. Pineapple and pine. Oxidized to the brink of cardboard not a great mix with cat pee. Dry and stark. Reminds me of something from Rogue, but I can’t remember what.

Second attempt at this beer, strangely, also from Glenn at HWOH. This time, I loved it. I’m not sure if it’s a better bottle or if my palate has changed over the last six months, but I really enjoyed this. I hadn’t recalled having tried it in the past, so I took fresh notes:
Dark golden. Sweet, strawberries, wood, mulch. Is this a big ASA or mildly malted BW, I’m not sure. Very nice with excellent balance of sweet backbone and dry hopped goodness. Centennials stand out, amarillos are subdued. Lots of grapefruity citrus, some perfume. 7-4-8-4-16, previous score: 6-4-5-2-12. I wonder if the last bottle was a bad one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2005
bottle-pours a light tan head, color is golden. Aroma is hops. Taste is hops, mild, good carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 5, 2005
On Tap @ Elysian- Pours a dark orange color, small off white head, nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and piney, oranges. Flavor is very hoppy, tons of pine needles and alcohol, warming with a dry finish.


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