harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very light and golden, with just a hint of amber. Small frothy, slightly rocky head. Aroma is all very acidic fruits. The taste is toasty and tangy. I really think it is okay to drink, but it is not going to be a favorite, over the top on the hops, with not necessarily enough of a malt backbone, just the wrong kind of malt in my opinion. Slightly thin and lacking alot of complexity, overall disappointing.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ap: extremely bubbly on open and pour… very thick foamy white head that disapted very slowly w/ lacing down the glass sides. Poured a light golden color a little cloudy
Ar: grapefruit and northwestern hops very crisp a touch of grass in the scent
Pa: good carbonation a bit dry on the tongue nice full body
Flvr: a bit dry heavy bitter hoppy flavor no malts fairly simple
Ovrl: a very fresh clean taste, great smell, but the taste was defintally lacking, nothing except hops and not really a powerful hops, I think I’ve had farts more complex than this beer. thanks to Dave.
joet (2534) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 30, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toronado: on tap. Hop fix is in. Lacks a bit of crispness, a perfect example of the American strong as it defies categorization otherwise.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I would’ve guessed that this was an IPA - killer hops, but a thinner body. Aroma - great - citrus, sweet, very hoppy, fresh. Malts were sweet and tasty, but thin - well, maybe typical of an APA - I kept thinking of this as an IPA. Hops are piney, citrus - this was one of the more grapefruity beers that I’ve had. Finish is long and bitter - Really good
OldMrCrow (2387) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 From the bottle
Pours golden amber with a fluffy white head. Classic grapefruit and pine aroma; the taste is a lovely blend of hops and subdued warm grain malt, with a long finish that draws more and more bitter as it plays out. The mouthfeel is perhaps a slgiht bit thin and a bit overcarbonated, but quite nice still.
This is a smooth drinking bitter ale, an ESB with a Pacific Northwest twist. It doesn’t have the in-your-face kick of a hard-edged IPA, but it is more than bitter enough and more than hoppy enough to make a very fine sesion beer for hop lovers. I’m very impressed!
Reid (2302) - Salem, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The latest in the Brewmaster Reserve series.22 oz bomber green and yellow label.
Very strong cascade hop aroma very spicy almost pine like.
nice clear amber beer in appearance large pure white head, leaves oodles of lacing down the glass.
flavour is mostly quite bitter,a lemony bitterness, sounds bad but actually it works well, just after the zesty bitterness theres a semi dry lingering aftertaste. I do detect some malts ..quite subdued.
Kinda thinnish on the palte, but this is very drinkable. I dunno if its an American strong..tasted like a Pale ale to me.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, bronze color, full and fresh, lush, dotted head.
Aroma: full-on hops, with a piney bite, plenty of citrus, grapefruit, mm, hmm, but a bit of lemon, too, a twist of lime, very bitter and twisted, all around, this feels the very essence of twisting and peeling and gettin’ up in the heart of hoppiness, like sniffing the very floor of a primeval forest!
Taste: succulent, to start with! , there’s the glorious hop presence, of course, but still a toasty, tasty malt back-up --spicy, bready, light-to -medium bodied, and brisk on the palate. Feels light, but the hoppy, hopy character prevails throughout, assisted by caramel tones.
Feels like an Anti-Dreadnaught, as it doesn’t sting too hard, yet still delivers a good deal of hoppitude, with a mellowness that is it’s own reward. Great hop texture & flavor, but lacks just a bit from malt. Liked it, though, like it lots.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden body with mild carbonation and a thin but tight sudsy head with decent legs. Botanic aroma of flowers and mint plus grapefruit, cheese and counter-balancing malts. Aroma is distinct and original. Flavor is hoppy and more familiar. Very piney with a hint of tobacco, but that could be from Mark. Considerably bitter and a bit harsh.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden appearance, moderate head formation. Mild lemony aroma. Hoppy palate, fairly bitter with sweet lemon and mild ginger running through. Decent bite in the finish.
shadey (2076) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On Tap at the Dog and Pony in Seattle. Hazy golden color. Full aroma with hop and alcohol. Flavor is resiny hops. Ok stuff.