Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle shared by BrewEngineer at the 15th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 7/16/11. Pours a clear pale orange color with a medium sized frothy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, pale caramel malts. The taste is caramel, toffee and a very bitter hop finish. Medium bodied.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from Total Wine, Durham. Nice frothy, darkish red pour with a very lively carbonation and moderate sediment visible. Impressive and sticky looking, but both the aroma and flavor are more lively and elegant than this would suggest. Nose is certainly malty to some degree but itís got a bit of grassy aggression and a healthy dose of citrus too. Mouthfeel was refreshingly free of the stickiness you sometimes encounter with ASAs. Overall, the flavor was not quite as assertive as some hoppy reds, but there was still a nice bite thatís complemented by a good, flavorful malt underpinning, the whole coming across like a slightly amped-up Green Flash.
unclemattie (4115) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Capped 750mL bottle. Right away there is an aroma of citrus hops. Love those Amarillo. Copper color. Soapy head of fresh cask ale. Scents of rose tips, toffee, and loads of hops waft out of the glass. Strong fusel flavor. Fruity flavor with a complex hop bitterness finish. Very powerful. The Arrogant Bastard of New Jersey.
emacgee (3954) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a muddy amber with one finger offwhite head. Nose is nice and citrusy, resinous with lots of grapefruit rind. Tad bready and herbal. Sweet and citrusy flavor with a prominent citrus rind bitterness. Would have been awesome a little bit closer to its production date.
TURDFERGUSON (3928) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cloudy scarlet with lots of floaties and a small white head. Nose is lightly hoppy and sweet. Flavor is similar. Not all that bad, and it does pair nicely with the lamb vindaloo I had for dinner.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This light brown pour smells of fruits and a variety of spices. The taste is hoppy and citrus at first followed by a spicy, warming finish.
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by someone at Sourfest. Pours with a hazed particle filled yellow body, a slowly fading white head. Aromas of honey, hoppy, tea and rye. A bit estery. Fruit hop aromas. Flavors of caramel, a bit estery, fruity, hoppy. Grapefruit. A bit of soggy malt. Medium bubbles.
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, amber-copper body with a tall, off-white head at first, but it descends at a fair pace.
Smell: Sweetish scent of citrus fruity juices stirred up with candyish caramel sauce and hit with a bit of spice, resins, additional citrus peelings, and a splash of liquor.
Taste: Bready, lightly toasty, and with a light sweetness of caramelized sugars. The initial maltiness transitions to fruity tastes of sugar-topped pears, sweet tangelos, grapefruit, and melon. A firm spiciness and a cutting resinous quality hop right in, along with a large helping of bitterness. Some resilient sugary flourishes stay, trying to counter the big bitterness and the alcohol. Finishes dry, warming, and fruity with a drawn-out bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation. Some slight chewiness to the overall mouthfeel.
Overall: Itís, you know, alright. This oneís drinkability is essentially on-par with other strong, bitter, boozy ales.
maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks to an excellent, well-meaning trader for dropping this beer into one of the final boxes recíd before a serious trading break. I hate trading breaks. And this one is a doozy.
Split down the middle, pours a amber strain of orange. Only 80% of the bomber poured to avoid the sludge I assume inhabits the floor of the glass. Smells like Fat Tire - hot cross buns mixed with a little rubber. Not appealing.
Exit 9 exists in that place where the hops begin to turn but have yet to morph into anything palatable. Hops taste stale, musty fall leaves, & the bitterness also carries that damp earthiness, a trait Iím severely unfond of. Grassy, a little caramel if I squint hard enough, not much else.
Disappointing. Iíve enjoyed most of the offerings from Flying Fish, & this one is just not very good. Oh well.
beerguy101 (5276) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on 6/10/2011. This American Strong Ale pours a medium amber brown color from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is caramel, fruity, sweet and hoppy. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and grapefruity. Nice carbonation. Good balance between the malts and hops. Nice smooth taste. Hides the alcohol well. Very nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.