portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (release#11). dark copper amber pour with a foamy off white head that fades to a sticky film with solid lacing. Aroma is bitter hops and good malt tones scents of caramel and pine. Taste is awesome caramel malt sugar and bitter hops. Palate is medium sticky chaulky and finishes dry. This is so good the hop are strong with this one. Well done, more please!
highibus (707) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours burnt orange with white head that dissapates quickly. Flavor is big biscuit with just a bit of hops. Not enough hops for me to balance. Some hops on the finish. A bit disappointed
nsquishee (592) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Release #11. 6.7% ABV. Reminds me of an improved version of Victory Headwaters Pale Ale. Tastes very leafy, as in a hop petal soaked in liquid (not a bad thing per-se, just too much is too much. product of dry hopping). Very balanced in terms of malt and hops. A very smooth sip turns into a pronounced dry hop flavor. Pretty good.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, Release #7 (6.1% ABV). It’s funny that the description mentions that this is "Stronger in alcohol and body than CAPT’N CROMPTON’S PALE ALE and appeals to beer aficionados," as heightened alcohol and body are the opposite of what I’m looking for in a pale ale. Alas. Nice pour on this: a somewhat murky, orange-amber color; tan, fine-bubbled head with solid retention and lacing. Expressive, hop-driven aroma of grapefruit, orange, and pine (even some grass and floral bits), with a candy and slightly burnt sugar note underneath; most definitely on the aromatically explosive side of things. Medium-high CO2 and medium-high bodied, which makes this a mouthful (especially for a pale ale); any alcohol is reasonably well-hidden, though there’s a touch of warmth. Too bulky for my tastes, regardless of what you call it. Loads of orange and grapefruit bitterness upfront, with some pine (Simcoe is a distinct possibility) as well; hop-forward, dank and tasty, with a modest candy sugar core balancing things out a bit; just a lot of tongue-numbing bitterness, in the most pleasant sense. A really nice presentation of the amalgam of hops here, but mixing heightened body and CO2 is, across the board of beer styles, a dicey move. Almost an IPA at this point. Long, bitter finish showing oranges, citrus, and an emergent toastiness.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yup, she pours copper with a creamy frothy head that slowly settles to a spattered pancake. Classic hop aroma. Full nectar with ample creamy carbonation. Very nice! This brew has sublime balance. Hop and malt components are intermingled broadcasting their unique presence in time with one another. A bit of caramel shows up after it warms. The finish lingers with a bit of aspirin numbness on the tongue. The brew master hit this one dead on. Awesome!
JaBier (4788) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma has the a little of the same musty fart character as Spiral Jetty, along with piney and spicy hops. Malty flavor up front with citrusy and piney hops before a bitter grassy finish.
MikeJslc (718) - USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Release #10. Orange-copper in color, slightly hazy, off-white head. Aroma features piney, resinous hops with some orange and citrus in supporting role, together with some light caramel notes. Medium body. Flavor is well balanced between bready malts with a touch of caramel and a firm balancing bitterness with some resinous and citrusy hop flavors. Very drinkable.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - MAY 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy and dark amber beer with an offwhite beer. The aroma is malt, with some sweetness and hops with pine and grapefruit. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is bitterness. Overall a good beer.
hallinghansen (1892) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Trade from Douglas88, thanks man. Bottle @ Odense tasting. Hazy amber body with a medium offwhite head. Aroma is fruity hops, spruce needles, forrest, and fruit. Flavor is hops, peach, light grapefruit. Nice.
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark amber with a white head. Aroma is caramel, citrus and peach. Flavour is caramel, citrus, peach and grapefruit. Medium bitter.