dmac (4282) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber release #12 purchased at EZ. Poured a hazy orange/amber body under an average sized frothy light beige head. Aroma of citrus hops, wet toast, chocolate, caramel and some leafy green vegetables. Medium to fuller bodied with a full creamy mouthfeel and average to strong carbonation. Flavor of citrus rind, bread crust, orange, hint of chocolate and some toffee. Solid and so far epic is four for five which is pretty darn good.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, release #10.
Pours a cloudy dark amber/copper color with golden orange hues and a half finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Floral hop aroma with a dank, resinous presence countered by a sweet malt character. Earthy with hints of pine and really dank kind bud. It’s amazing how strong the marijuana character is in the nose. I’m also picking up some sweet citrus and some grainy malts underneath.
Medium bodied with a blast of dry, bitter hops up front that linger over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a lingering dry finish. Very earthy with hints of dry, sticky pine. Pretty dry but this is countered by sweet citrusy hops with hints of grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel. Underneath, there is a strong malt character with hints of caramel and toffee balancing things out a bit but this beer is still pretty bitter.
Overall this beer is insanely bitter for a pale ale and is hoppier than most IPAs that I’ve had recently. Decently balanced but could be a bit more so.
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish-orange with thin off white head, leaves nice lacing. Aroma is bread, banana, faint resinous hops and caramel malt. Flavor is deep, but not overpowering. Sweet up front with caramel, some piney hop bitterness and creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable.
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 (7158) - 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 (3349) - 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 (9550) - 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 (1969) - 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 (741) - 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 (620) - 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.