MikeMoriendi (72) - Boynton Beach, USA - APR 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It pours into my New Belgium glass a murky red color. There is a good sized sandy colored head on top and it leaves some good lacing along the glass.
The moment I started pouring the beer I got the huge citrus hop smell. Placing my nose closer it’s even bigger. Lots of scents of grapefruit and pines. I even get a slightly biscuit malt aroma in the back.
But if you are looking for balance in the taste you won’t find much. This is a hop bomb. Tons of citrus and pine hops leave a great hop flavor and nice bitter finish. Tiny bit of malt backing just to make it not overboard.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Rating 45. Hazy bright orange color with an off white head that left some pretty nice lacing on the glass. Nice citrus hop aroma with a moderate caramal maltiness. Light hops on the tongue and a subtle malt backbone, very drinkable and enjoyable. (1684)
tastybeer (1682) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours red with an off-white head. Not much of an aroma - getting grapefruit, pine, apple, cinnamon. Flavor is more apple, butter, bitter and soapy hops.
dagimp (700) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 750ml into a snifter. Pours scarlet red... well, maybe a tad lighter. Plenty of head which dissipates into a thin coating. Aroma of pine, flowers and soap. Mouthfeel is moderately thick for a red, but with too much carbonation. Kinda burpey. Taste is of strawberries, kool-aid, cough syrup, alcohol, soap and pine. Meh, it’s an OK red ale, but I wouldn’t buy it again. Disappointment from the Exit series’ usual outstandingness.
GT2 (8250) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL. Pour is a clear reddish orange with a large, rocky, creamy, off-white head. Nice retention and webby lace. Aroma is butter, soap, pine, red apple, cinnamon. Hard to coax a nose out of this one. Taste is soapy, bitter, astringent, apple skins, butter. Spicy hop bitterness. Thinner body, soap dominant.
zizzybalubba (1386) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit rind, piney hops, and caramel malt. Wonderfully balanced flavor with assertive piney, grassy, and pineapple hops yet there is a strong caramel and biscuit malt backbone. Somewhere between a DIPA and a barleywine so I suppose American Strong Ale fits the bill. This is an excellent beer.
nick76 (4178) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very hoppy with caramel malt to balance. The appearance is amber/gold with a smaller head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a very decent beer.
Palidor19 (2927) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of substance in this beer. Has a nice full flavor with a rich hoppy presence. The mouth feel gives a robust mild syrup with a creamy head. Strong and rich, highly recommend.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml, red-foiled bottle that was a surprising find at total wine in norfolk. pours a hazy, orange-copper with a one-finger, bright white head leaving nice lacing around the edges. aroma is great with big, bright citrus hop notes of grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peel backed by subtle tropical notes of pineapple, mango, and red berries with toasted caramel malts as it warms. flavor is damn tasty as well with more a brisk, lightly sweet, toasted malt presence balancing bitter, grassy hops, pine esters, and sweet fruit notes of tangerine, apricot, and pineapple. palate is medium bodied with solid carbonation and a lingering, bitter finish. overall, a damn tasty imperial red.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep copper near medium amber with an initial big white head, fades a bit as the carbonation overall is pretty low- very good lacing though. Aroma is initially citrus, pine, big sappy hops, then as it warms a bit more caramel and toasted malt comes through a bit- slight tea comes about and light green coffee, then some slight Amarillo fruitiness. Flavor is light nutty, caramel, toast grass, then pine citrus orange and Amarillo fruitiness, then some grapefruit in the middle as it warms. the crystal malt is very light which is good- just toast, some low to med sweetness- clean finish - not overly bitter, pretty dry, easy drinking. Nice beer overall.