dwyerpg (4356) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A strong aroma of caramel malt. A strong solid red appearance. This is a pretty tasty beer. Hops and malt in a battle almost. Pretty good stuff.
GJP90X (5) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rich red tones, aromas of red liquorice, black tea and cherry. long and lasting from mid-palate to finish. a great beer for cold nights and fire roasted foods.
bcorsair2 (1) - Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On-tap at the Olympia brewpub.
This beer appears a clear reddish burnt amber hue, with a thin cap of soapy white head, which leaves a Swiss cheese wall of lace around the glass as it is quickly exposed. It smells of caramel malt, and grapefruit/orange hops. The taste is bitter pine/citrus hops, caramel toffee, and a bit of breadiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and kind of sticky, smooth overall. It finishes off-dry, the hops predominating.
Proving to be a Fish product, the hops win out throughout. Nice to see it at the source.
fiulijn (13533) - 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.
joet (2056) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sets up in the glass nicely, sparkling liquid, amber, some head. Light caramel aromas, biscuit, toast, cereal, pine and light citrus amply emanating from the glass. Lightly creamy feel, cleanish. Finishing lightly sweet, lightly tangy. A very solid beer -- not too sweet, good balance of a nice hop mix with firm cereal complements.
cfrancis (2156) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel and toffee with pine and floral hop notes. Taste is a warming caramel and toffee hop flavours well balanced with floral and pine hop bitterness.
bhensonb (10354) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Bottle says 7.5% Pours very ruddy, almost ruby, amber with a transient beige head. Aromas of pine and grapefruit rind. Flavor is fairly smooth roasted malt, with a fair amount of grapefruit rind forbitter. Finishes long, slow grapefruit, eclipsing the malt to a significant extent. Very NW.
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.
WheatKing (1162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The only problem I had with this was absolutely no head, but everything else about it was amazing. Fair amount of carbonation for an American Strong blended well with the toasty caramel, which blended well with the Douglas Fir hops. I looked at the glass after every sip and smiled... that makes it a winner.
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber pours with a deep ruby red to amber body the supports a light tan head. The aroma offers up pine hops with thin ribbons of roasted malts and some molasses. Faintly wedged into the middle of those notes is a sliver of fruity esters. The taste begins with a rich hit of resiny pine hops, malts and then roasted maltiness. The pine hops are thick but not sticky and offer up plenty of flavor hops as well as loads of bitter hops. At times weak notes of ripe red apple esters poke through and bubble to the surface. Nice hoppy brew.