Indra (2530) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of fruity, citric hops (Centennial, seemingly), strong grapefruit and lemon notes with lighter hints of spice and toasty malt. Hazy deep red color with a lasting, creamy head and impressive lacing. Massively hoppy flavor profile, juicy, resinous and fruity, the middle seeing some balancing dark malt sweetness and finishing dry with a blend of intense hop bitterness and citric flavor and spicy, faintly minty rye. Palate is lush and full, body is medium. Very much like a dark IPA with added rye and quite a treat for any hop lover.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red. Sweet caramel and floral hops in the nose. Flavor is hoppy and malty and dry, with a light Belgian malt twist. Sorry, I don’t feel like discussing the beer further.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a rather clear yet dark amber. There were very large bubbles in the head. The aroma was piney hops with a kiss of oranges. There is also a nice caramel undertone. The taste is grapefruit with a bread crust finish. There is also a little caramel. I like this a lot. It is hoppy enough to keep it interesting.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Re-Rate Pours a dark Star Wars Imperial Guard red color, small off white head with lace sticking around the sides. Aroma is lots of citrus and pine neetles, floral and fruity, caramel malt with a little rye. Flavor is hoppy, more floral citrus, grass, rye and a little fruit to it. Huge Thanks to Styles for hookin me up with this one!
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to wohlfs for this beer.
Pours a deep amber with a fizzy light-tan head. Strong aroma of good hops, clean and refreshing. Taste is dominated by a strong hop character with a mellow, though not very sweet, backbone. Tasty and hoppy. Reminds me a little of Hop Rod Rye, though I think that was a slightly better beer. This is pretty damn good though.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper and cloudy with a decent tan head. Aroma is mostly hops but you can tell that there is some malt underneath. The flavor is bold and robust. Very malty and warm.. Notes of caramel, fruits, and a nice citrus grapefruit kick on the back of each sip that makes you take notice that this is a fine brew.. Very creamy on the palate. Full in the mouth and quite warming on the backside. This was surprisingly better than I expected. Quite tasty.. I’ll drink this another time!
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a medium amber with a tan head. nose is fresh, big hops. Taste is semi fruity, very creamy texture. very smooth on the aftertaste, but somewhat lacking in a big flavor I anticipated. Good brew though
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Tried this at the Michigan Brewers Cup last weekend at Copper Canyon. The beer was a deep saturated red color with a beige head. The aroma was caramel and fresh hops. Sweet balancing the spice and flower of the hop and the fruitiness of the yeast. Great malt/bitterness balance keeping the moderate alcohol completely hidden. Good creamy mouthfeel, I could have had this as my desert, but the turtle cheesecake was too tempting. This is an excellent beer, I wish I hadn’t waited so long to try this.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish orange color with a beige head. Bright aroma of peaches, pine, lemon, hops, underlying notes of caramel and cake frosting. Has a grapefruit juice feel at first, sliding into some bitterness. There might be some rye in the late finish, but otherwise it goes unnoticed. Close to an IPA, but with more body, and a bit more finesse. Solid beer.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ambrée allant vers le rouge, mousse blanche concassée partiellement diminuante. Arômes de houblon plutôt amérisant, pamplemousses rose, oranges, sève, résine de conifères, concombres amers. Bonne dose de malt caramel, juste assez adéquate pour supporter le houblon. Corps entre semi mince et moyen, carbonatation présente et bien proportionnée, finale passablement amérisante.