Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, 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 (7914) - 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 (4714) - Woodstock, 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: It’s, you know, alright. This one’s drinkability is essentially on-par with other strong, bitter, boozy ales.
maximum12 (31) - 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 rec’d 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 I’m severely unfond of. Grassy, a little caramel if I squint hard enough, not much else.
Disappointing. I’ve enjoyed most of the offerings from Flying Fish, & this one is just not very good. Oh well.
beerguy101 (5351) - 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.
JohnnyJ (5295) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy amber, with off-white head. Bread, some chewy sweet malts, orange tasting hops, light tropical fruit, and some earth/grass. I decent well balanced flavor profile, but the abv comes through to much. Meh.
jcwattsrugger (11903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 bottle- pours a foamy light tan head with trailing lace and dark gold color. Aroma is sweet pine/citrus-orange/tangerine, some light/medium malt. Taste is sweet pine/citrus-orange/tangerine/spice hops bite, secondary medium malt-bready. Drying. Alcohol finish.
Ibrew2or3 (7960) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle pours clear dull copper with off white head. The aroma has an even mix of pine hops, some spicy hops and a touch of citrus as well as crystal malts, roasted malts and more pine hops. The taste is pleasingly hop forward with pine hops and lesser amounts of spicy and citrus hops. Supporting this fairly abundant level of hops are notes of sweet malts, crystal malts and a thin layer of roasted malts. Into the finish the hops flow from mostly flavor to mostly bitter hops. Nice brew.
argo0 (12862) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, RBSG Saturday crawl. Lightly-hazed amber body, medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some caramel, peach. Taste is moderately sweet, passion fruit/grapefruit, some pine, caramel. Medium-full body, some resin/stickiness., acidity.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: A lot more subtle than I was expecting. Great balance. Lots of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Gotta love those citra hops. Actually slightly cloying by the end, but still nice. Not the best in the series, but a lot better than some of the beers other breweries are making. The alcohol hits you all of a sudden toward the end.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light to medium amber with tiny to small particles in the body of an average to thick density, but otherwise it was clear. It also had a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good to excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy grain and cereal; lighter caramel; light to moderate citrus (orange) and tropical fruit hops; lighter pine hops; toffee; slight butterscotch; maple syrup; and alcohol. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet and rather to heavily bitter with a long duration. There was caramel malt, grain, cereal, burnt caramel, tropical fruits, citrus hops, a little pineapple, peaches, slight pine, lots of tropical fruit, apricot, alcohol, and light to moderate yeast. The medium to full body was a bit syrupy, but mostly oily and then a little dry with soft, yet lightly tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly alcoholic finish.