CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent copper bronze with a wispy off-white head. Aroma of peppery Italian seasoning with a touch of mild grapefruity hops. Body starts with a slightly sweet, and pale malty flavor with a slight black pepper character toward a piny hoppy finish. An interesting IPA.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a lightly hazed amber color with a small off-white head. Very spicy aroma. I guess it smell like black pepper but smells like other spices to me. Must be the mix with the hops. Caramel notes just barely pokes through. Dull caramel malt with a hoppy middle and peppery finish. Light to medium bodied. Dry finish.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Rileys in Madison, WI (December 2006) served a little below cellar temperature in an Allagash glass. Dark, lightly hazy amber, smallish lasting very smooth off-white head....first nosing of apricot and sweet orange oils, hoppy fragrances, delicate....second time the black pepper hits, blending beautifully with the syrupy fruit essences.....the body similarly offers a nice blend of hard, spicy pepper and fruity/citric acids, hop oiliness present throughout....juicy, moderately full body with low carbonation; tangy, slightly mouth-puckering finish that dries up just at the last minute. Really nicely done, a very different concoction than Dieu du Cielís Route des …pices, the only other black pepper-dominated beer I can think of, but hardly less memorable and thatís a huge compliment indeed. I might have labelled this a spice/herb beer but the IPA character is certainly present as well. Nicely done! A memorable treat for my 200th IPA.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pours an attractive hazy amber with light off-white head that disapears quickly. Nose is dark carameland an earthy hops. The predominant flavor is all on the malt side of things...mainly caramel and bread. The hops chosen seem to be more of the earthy variety, and thatís not what I look for in my IPAs. There is an interesting black pepper bite in the finish, which I might have mistaken for an elevated ABV and the resulting alcohol dryness. Pretty decent effort, if not very exciting!
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on draft at the Comet Coffee Shop in Milwaukee.
It poured a hazy red amber with a sort of soapy head. The clarity of the beer was somewhat inconsistent...it was cloudy but somewhat inconsistently so.
It smelled a bit hoppy (it is supposed to be a pepper-flavored pale ale) and peppery.
Taste-wise, it was pretty good. The hop character became a bit more apparent by tasting, and the "fresh cracked black pepper" became more apparrent upon tasting. There werenít flecks of the stuff in the beer, but it was apparent with each sip (and in-between sips) that the pepper was playing with my taste buds. The peppery-ness was fascinating..it seemed to linger and mostly engage the back of my throat. As it warmed, it seemed slightly sour.
Mouthfeel was disappointing. While the beer generated decent head, it felt flat to me, as if it werenít carbonated enough. It wasnít effervescent, even to the extent that fairly heavy IPAs are meant to be effervescent.
Drinkability was quite good.
This beer is (in a fragmented marketplace) unique. I would recommend giving it a try.
1FastSTi (3233) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks Dave. The beer pours to a nice hazy copper colored body with a creamy white head. The aroma is lightly catty with light weedy hops and a touch of black pepper. The flavor is spicy catty hops with some odd black pepper and other spices. The palate is decent and peppery.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark amber body. Nice dry toffee/caramel IPA base with a nice citrus/pepper topping. I like how it smells. The flavor isnít bad, either. It has a dry toasty/toffee base with a pleasant pepper and dry grapefruit on top. Enjoyable stuff, Iíd like to try it with a taco.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper with a bubbly off-white head.
Nice peppery caramel aroma, and maybe some wet, shampooed dog. Nice and different. Actually, I think the peppery aroma has a small transition into grapefruit rind. And now, the taste backs that up. Real interesting. The pepper adds an interesting character to what is probably a mediocre base.
MIBRomeo (2460) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
copper colored pour w/ a light tan small head w/ some lace. smells of some black peppers and clove and dirt and I donít really wanna drink this. Palate is really average. Flavor has a big kick of ginger root, some light peppers a weak hop. Not very good.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazed coper color with a small, but stable, small bubbled, dark cream colored head. The spiciness of the aroma struck me, then I read the description. Roses, cloves, pepper and caramel dominate the scents. Quite interesting and complex in the herbs and spices department. Dark caramel mixes with hops and spice in the flavors. Interesting ginger part along with toasted malt and a near pumpkin taste. This is a nice spice ale. I should have had this a few days ago with my thanksgiving dinner.