Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Really nice. The combo of hops was wonderful. Very complex hop profile.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light amber with an average to large white head. The aroma had moderate caramel; heavy tropical fruit, apricot and peach hops; and lighter lemon hops. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, tropical fruit hops, lemon hops, pine hops, grapefruit rind, lemon rind, a little molasses and slightly metallic hops. The medium body was dry with fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.
corby112 (2722) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine edges and a two finger yellowish beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.
Floral, citrus hop aroma with resinous pine and a sweet malt presence. Hints of grass and sticky pine needle along with citrus and tropical fruit notes, notably grapefruit, mango and orange peel. Underneath, there some sweet caramel malt as well as hints of toffee, biscuit and hazelnut. Malts stronger than expected in the nose but they don’t really interfere with the hops too much.
Medium bodies with a crisp, bitter hop bite that provides some earthy dryness which lingers over the citrus and sweet malts into a dry finish. Not as complex as the nose suggests with dry, sticky hops and only subtle citrus/tropical fruit notes. Grassy with bitter pine needle and minimal grapefruit and orange peel flavor. Also, the malt backbone is stronger than the nose would have you believe with hints of caramel, toffee and hazelnut. Faint roasted presence as well the dominant flavor is still hop bitterness. Decently balanced but the hop profile is a bit one dimensional and the malt flavors are a bit strong for my liking.
rayven1960 (1) - - JUL 28, 2015 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I loved this IPA One of the best I ever tasted. just wish I could find it again here on the east coast
rproff78 (163) - - JUN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good red ipa. I love everything that this brewery has to offer!! Always good beer!
zeek (185) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The color and clarity of the beer is a bit off putting. It isn’t red, its a cloudy brownish orange. Aroma is nothing like an IPA, mostly malt. Taste is mildly hoppy with a clean finish.
gnomungus (89) - - JAN 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There’s a deceptively sweet note of molasses up front, but the potent, piney hops rapidly sand that off your tongue. A nice tinge of barley asserts itself between the trees for the rest of the draft.
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Elysian Capitol Hill. Dark reddish brown, tall foam. Sweet red fruit malting, bitter body. Tannic. pine-citrus. sweet, not heavy malt. odd but ok
Schwarzbart (72) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is a cloudy amber. Has a good bit of draping lace. Nose has a caramel malt foundation and tropical juice sweetness of papaya, mango and pineapple. Palate is medium bodied, creamy and only light bitterness in the finish. Tastes of papaya juice, mango, earthy hops, caramel malts and finishes with a good dose of grass. A nice red ipa.
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mar (5065) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light gold with a white head. Fresh citrus hops, bitter and caramel. Great palate, chewy hops, sticky, bitter, fruity and a clean finish.
Darkmagus82 (2093) - - OCT 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-29-14-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed copper-amber color with a one finger of just off white head. The head fades over a time span of about 2 min. leaving some bit of foamy lace behind on the sides of the glass.
Smell – A blend of a caramel sweetness and a good showing of a more bready nature are largest in the smell. A rather strong hop aroma is there as well with aromas of a grapefruit and slightly herbal nature being the strongest and just a hint of an earthy smell lurking in the background.
Taste – The taste begins somewhat like what may have been expected from the nose, but slightly skewed. It begins with a rather strong caramel sweetness with a smooth bready taste more so then the nose would have suggested. The hop flavors are on the other side of the skew however with them being lighter than the nose would have suggested. The hop flavors start out almost entirely of a grapefruit taste with that later being joined by some lighter grassy and pine flavors coming to the tongue. A little bit of a tangerine sweetness as well as a tiny bit of yeast taste joins the flavor at the end, leaving one with a rather sweet and moderately, but lighter than the nose would suggest, hop flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the sweet and bready flavors of the brew the thicker and creamier body are nice for creating a chewier feel overall, all while still managing to uphold the hop flavors of the brew and making them shine a bit as well.
Overall – A rather sweeter and somewhat lighter hopped IPA with a rather nice chewy feel. This was a rather enjoyable drinker with lots of malt bill but yet balanced some by the moderate hop.
slowrunner77 (7877) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"this second holiday offering was also full flavored, robust, and a little malty, but had a full hop compliment and was more assertive, floral, and bitter than Bi-Frost. Sorachi Ace hops lending a cool, unique character to the beer."