Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 12 oz bottle from Leopold Stotch. Thanks Brandon. This was a complete surprise for me. Personally, I didnt care for the Gonzo or IPA from this brewery, so I didnít have much hope for this one. This beer is superbly dry hopped with lots of nice hops, which I presume to be Centennial and Simcoe. Palate and appearance are nearly perfect. Alcohol burn is a little strong, otherwise, this is a world class IPA that would hold itís own next to anything from the likes of Pizza Port or Russian River.
milewide (1677) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 Amber color. Medium body. Grapefruit up front with lingering bitterness---which I like. Only the "amber-red" color and name seperate this from a DIPA, IMO. ABV over powers all other flavors.
alexsdad06 (6571) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a medium white head. Aromas included piney hops, citrus, and some malt. I get a little more citrus in the flavor than in the aroma. The malt is present but a bit dominated by the hop bitterness. Finish is dry and bitter. One of the better flying dog brews.
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours dark amber in color with a pretty sizeable amount of white head. Smell is very piney and earthy. Taste is pretty similar, piney, earthy, but with some maltiness to it, almost caramel like. This is a pretty good beer overall.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2007 Pours dark amber forming a medium sized foamy head. Aroma of strong piney hops, malty sugars. Flavor is of strong yummy hops with a particular malty and bitter finish.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with thick off-white head. Strong floral hop aroma, a little sweet cotton candy, with a slight alcohol bite. Strong citrus bitterness with a bit of toffee smoothness. Nothing incredibly original, but delicious nonetheless.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2007 12 oz bottle. Just like the original Wild Dog, only repackaged w/ a new name. Very comparable to Gordon. Doughy, malty sweetness w/ an excellent hop nose but huge piney flavor. A really nice brew.
tennisjoel (1194) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is dark red with a generous sized creamy head, which is off white in color. Very nice aroma of citrus and grapefruit, similar to a two hearted or hopslam. The flavor backs it up, as well. Right along the same lines the flavor, and a very nice bitter bite. I also taste almost a skunk like peppery finish, and itís a little dry. Iím extremely impressed with this beer. One of my favorite strong ales up there with Arrogant Bastard and the like.
zendude (4) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2007 does not count
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
First sip conjured visions of tea steeped with a sweaty gym sock, full of bile. Second sip left me shuddering, i canít believe this beer can be this bitter and not be balanced by citricy overtones. Talk about bitter beer face! Beer starts out okay, highly bitter finish lingering like the last partygoer when you want to go to sleep! Do see some positive qualities to this beer, but donít think Iíll waste another $6.99.
NewState (2) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 22, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this at the brewery the week after release. This is a well balanced beer, higly complex, and a pleasure.