dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge. Batch 12, 6.8% abv ). Pours a hazy dark copper color with off-white head. Some lacing developing as the head dissipates. Carbonation is quite active. Aroma has some dank hops, resin, bread, and a touch of orange. Taste is malty sweet, but not overdone. There is also a bit of sharp bitterness. Medium bodied with oily texture. Bitter finish. Pretty nice beer, but I prefer Epic’s Spiral Jetty with a similar abv. If this was in the 5 percent range, this would be a good session beer. Still, I do like this beer.
deyholla (7014) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Douglas, shared with my roommate. Pours a near clear reddish amber with an off-white head that dissipated to the edges and laced slightly. Aroma has a good amount of hops with a combination of grass, pine and earthy citrus. Flavor is similar with some grains in the start with a growing hop note of light pine and a bit of earthiness.
alexanderj (3339) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; release 11. Poured a ich orange-amber color with a khaki head. Aroma of caramel, pine, earth, with a lot of hints, including dark fruit, herbs, bread and must. Flavor was very hop forward for the style. Alot of nice earth and pine upfront. Solid caramel/bread backbone. Seems more of an IPA. Very nice.
adnielsen (9478) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Red irene appearance with a lively, carbonated tan head. Mild to moderate, piney, earthy hoppy, sweet pale malty nose. Nice, sweet pale malty body with a bready, piney, earthy hoppy flavor. Piney, bready aftertaste. Nice brew!
portableparty (1960) - 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 (737) - 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 (615) - 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 (3207) - 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 (5011) - 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.