CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: pours a transparent deep copper amber with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel malty nose with lots of fresh resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and sweet toasty malts well balanced with fresh piny hop flavor and bitterness before a drier bittersweet finish. True to style and enjoyable.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Amber pour with an off white head. Pine and floral hops. Pine, floral with some caramel tastes.
pilgrimoutlaw (756) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Amber body, whitish tan head. Floral, pine, nuts. Moderately bitter and sweet. Smooth body. Nice.
fiulijn (14298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Hazy red-amber color, small head. Nice fruity aroma, bitter oranges, with a hint of sweat, yeast and vanilla. Medium body strength; the mouthfeel is just a bit drier than expected; very good caramel and toffee flavor, with light toasty notes, and a clear Earl Grey tea character (bergamot); strong bitterness, with a lot of hop resins and some yeasty astringency. In the end, the drier mouthfeel increases the drinkability. Very good.
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very malty and nutty with yeast and pine-citrus hops. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a good one.
Palidor19 (2919) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a straight flavorful red ale that is strong. it is a great balance between the malt and hops. a nice beer for the end of the day.
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A typical American big ale with rich maltiness and resinous citrusy hops. Good beer
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed relatively fresh a few months after purchase, bottle forwarded to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Almost clear amber-ruby body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is barley candy with, caramel and resinous citrusy hops. Taste is just as straightforward. This is a rich caramelized malt backbone in perfect opposition to juicy resinous citrusy hops. Not a hop bomb, not a malt orgy, this is a well balanced beer. Bitterness level is medium and a bit sticky. There is nothing to admire about this straightforward hoppy no-style American Ale, and there is nothing to dislike about it either, unless you really don’t like American beers. I cannot understand ratings above 4.0 or below 3.0, this is a very straightforward beer, and a typical example of what heavily malted and generously hoppy American beers have to offer. I drank this 22oz bomber as if it was a 5% pint of session beer. Simple but very nice. Give a man a Starfish and he will drink for a day, teach a man how to Starfish and he’ll have no idea what you’re talking about for a lifetime.
italianjohn (2281) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale reddish pour thin off white to beige head .... aroma is of chewy caramel malts and faded citrusy/floral hops .... shame taste is all chewy caramel malts and faded citrusy and spicy piney hops ..... some roasted malt is evident but light .... caramel malts all the way .... finishes dry and malty .... meh abv is hidden well at least
jeff789 (1406) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber small head nice lacing slight retention... Caramel aroma not sweet light pine hop... Fairly hoppy piney some citrus and toasty caramel malt that doesn’t have much sweetness.. Medium body dry dry finish...
reebtogi (4051) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours deep amber color with 2 fingers of light beige head that settles down to some thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malts and some earthy hops. Taste is light caramel sweetness with hints of toasted bitterness followed by an earthy hop bitterness. The flavors blended well in this for me and I truly enjoyed the presentation of this fine brew.