markextrae (3542) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
sample from bottle, poured an amber colour with an off light tanned head. nose of sweeter caramel malts, orange, and sweet dried fruits. bread notes, and light oxidation. not a good beer.
Slubgob (297) - West Hartford, USA - JUN 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle into wine glass. Looks like a red ale, moderate of white head. Slightly sweet, boozy, hint of goods head. Caramelized stone fruit. In the mouth, string malts. Hoops ate prominent, but not the overwhelming sense like I often reject from an IPA. Which is good, actually,a bit more traditional. Pretty approachable given the 8.5%. Bottled about five years ago, FWIW.
blackisle (1920) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 12fl.oz. Poured into a tulip glass. Clear deep amber, tall frothy beige head, good retention, heavy lacing; aroma malts, fruity, orange, lemon, pine; taste medium sweet and bitter, malty, toasted, light toffee, light fruity; fruity sweetbitter middle part leading to dry bittersweet finish, alcohol notes; medium body, oily texture, average carbonation; well-balanced and tasty apa.
hfmejias (1260) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear, reddish amber, with a generous tan head and nice lacing all over the glass. Pine and citrus fruit are predominant on the nose but there are some malts and caramel in there too. Taste is bitter and quite hoppy, a bit boozy but very well balanced with malts. Very good, solid beer; highly enjoyable.
ffbot (328) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 18, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Drank this one out of the bottle. Smell of wet grass and bare grains. Smell is earthy, uplifting and sweet in some way. Taste is greatly hoppy, but not the bitterness usually associated with that. Very bitter but in a warm, homey way. Really, really good beer
lightbias (442) - USA - JAN 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is phenomenal coming through the neck and once poured, does a hop-laden justice to the brew. Citrusy floral, this is nicely adorned and with a rich foundation of malt. Great carbonation, fabulous lacing on the glass and a deep rich, ruby caramel; what a great brew. I was hesitant at first, and passed it by on the shelf multiple times, but I shouldn’t have done it. It’s been worth it the whole time. I had no idea.
JohnGalt1 (1448) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1" off white head looks like whipped cream.. tons of lace.. and great retention... The brew is slightly hazy deep orange.
Nose seems a little muted for the name of the beer .. Don’t get me wrong, there is alot of stuff going on here, but none really jump out of the glass. Lite citrusy hops and a more than a bit of caramel.. more hoppy fruitiness show as it really warms up.. and the malts help drive the hoppy nose.
Flavor has a much more fruity hops than the nose.. minerally and sorta tropical with lesser citrus.. caramel malts and toasty elements really help the hops push forward... bigger body than expected with a light carbonation... really pretty smooth.. could use a bit more carbonation to make things prance around a bit.
I am really surprised ... the hoppy bitterness was really pretty mellow.. instead it allowed the flavor additions to do the talking... Very tasty.
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle date code 9/09/15. Pretty fresh, so I’m confused why this is oxidized already. Plus it has an acetaldehyde issue. Still kinda drinkable, but not pleasant.
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Liquor Mart in Boulder. I’m surprised I haven’t had this one before. Pours a hazy, deep reddish orange appearance with a tan head. The aroma is oxidized, some pine, bread, light toast, mild citrus. Mouth feel is a little goopy. Dull bitter, piney hops. Light citrus. Some grapefruit. Also a little stale. Note to self: beware of shelfies at Liquor Mart.
stevoj (3772) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Brewers Haven. Concur with Buckeyeboy, sweet, hoppy, malty. Smooth, everything blends well, murky amber body with small but lasting beige head. Slight lingeting alcohol warmth at the end