Maddog (374) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I killed the keg at Boston’s in Dayton, OH with this pint and it was still an explosion of fresh hop aroma and a beautiful citrusy hop flavor. It wasn’t all one dimensional however, DD had some malt to back up all those wonderful hops. Well balanced and very tasty.
vyvvy (3553) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - pours bronze with a good sized rocky beige head. The aroma has a myriad of hop characteristics - floral, tropical, grapefruit, pine, pineapple, woodiness as well as coconut and a good dose of hops to keep everything in check. Medium / full body with a decent amount of semi-sharp carbonation. The taste starts with woody, pineapple and citrus hop flavors and a lot of roasted malt as well. The finish gets woodier and brings in some earthiness along with a resiny feel that just stick around for a good long time. Nicely done IIPA. I must get more.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of big hops in the aroma.Pours a hazy medium copper with a large long lasting off white head.Great balance of big hops and tons of malt in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a very well balanced finish.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tons of earthy hops and citrus hops--this is no APA my friend. Hazy golden brown in color with a thick white head that sports good retention. A full and sticky palate leads into a hop bomb of flavor. Tons of earthy hops and lots of malt. Very big and impressive brew.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - Wow I’m actually the first to rate this very cool - Pours copper with a pretty good sized offwhite creamy head that stays very well and laces the sides of the glass in thick layers. Big hop aroma. You can certainly pick up those Cascades and Columbus as soon as you put the glass to your nose.. Behind that there is a good amount of caramel to balance this one. Flavor is very much hop dominated too with lots of c-hops. Good grapefruit and a little pine in this one but also balanced well with good caramel malts and even some brown sugar notes. Full bodied for sure but easily drinkable and actually quite refreshing for a beer this large.. My bottle said 10.5% alcohol which was completely covered... I’m really not sure this can fall into the APA class though... Good nonetheless.. I think one of this brewery’s best offerings..
Earlier Rating: 6/25/2005 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle 750ML #3535 No pop at all on the cork - Poured copper with a large offwhite rocky head. Aroma is of pine and grapefruit.. Notes of mango and orange as well. Flavor was quite bitter upfront then a nice thick malt background came forward and held this one up quite well. Quite smooth on the palate almost imperial IPA like. Very full bodied and quite creamy and mouth coating. A very nice brew!
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2007 vintage. Pours a beautiful amber with gold highlights. What a nose! Quite fresh and bright. Very citrusy, with notes of cut grass, hops and caramel sweetness. Rich and lush on the palate. Starts out with some sweet malt but fades quickly and is followed by a very aggressive burst of hops. Finishes very dry and hoppy. A good beer but almost too much hops with nothing to balance them out. Decent nonetheless.
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this in a growler brought from the brewery. I was seriously impressed. Aggressive hoppyness, but at the same time, it was extremely drinkable. Huge and neat in the way it felt in the mouth. I became well aware of a brewery I was missing out on.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a clear deep copper color with a good inch of cream colored foam. Nice lacing. Prominent citrus hop aroma is noticeable even from a distance.
Caramel malt and citrus hops spar with each other to see which is the prominent taste. Then they decide to just blend into a tasty hoppy brew. Not overly complex, but very well balanced. Superb citrus and pine hop bite in the aftertaste.
Full bodied, softly carbonated.
Marsiblursi (2975) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 (Bottle) Pours slightly hazy amber with a white head. Hoppy, grassy aroma with rasin and pine. Mango, tangerine, pineapple and other fruits. Sticky malt. Hints of dried figgs and canned pears. I can imagine that it has lost some hops after two years, but still -pretty darn yummy. sweet, fruity, thick and sticky mouthfeel with a nice bitter hoppy ending. Mango. Hints of figgs and raisins. Small notes of shellfish. Medium to big body. Second try: (Bottle) Pours deep reddish amber. The aroma is of citrus/resin/floral like hops and cookie/mild caramel malt. Very fruity with tones of kiwi, mango, starfruit, pears and tangerine. Notes of creamy/doughy yeast. Some acetone alcohol warmth. Hints of vanilla. The flavour is hoppy up front with resin, grapefruit and roses. Malt brings tones of buttery cookies and caramel. Fruity in the flavour as well with tones of pineapple, apricot and orange peel. The mouthfeel is round and sticky. Light sweet with a medium to full bitter/dry palate. Medium full bodied. This is a very good example of an IIPA and one of the better, if not the best beer from this brewery.
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - NOV 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 10 yr. anniversary bottle #8375 aged very nicley poured 11-106.Poured heavy forming nice frothy white creamy head.,amber red in color. Aroma of friut cake and dark cherry. Huge sweet malty flavor quickly shifts to balanced mix of floral/spice hop.finishes warm from alchohol and is a tongue peircing monster of a beer... Way more like a barley wine than a douple pale ale as the label claims. Don’t tackle the bottle alone...