BeerKurve (219) - - MAY 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Hazy Ruby Red with a good amount of lacing. Aroma consists of Piney Hops, Caramel, Toffee, Malts and Yeasts. Flavor has some strong caramel notes backed up by a piney hop/resin flavor and some citrus and yeasty notes. Aftertaste is also surprisingly dry with only a hint of caramel/hop bitterness. Body is fairly thick and heavy and the carbonation has a bite to it so you have to take it easy with this one. Pretty good beer overall, not as hoppy as one would think though
SDalkoholic (1769) - Chula Vista, California, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor: Poured a dense mahogany liquid with a puffy yet sticky layer of foam for a head. In the nose, there is a moderate amount of hops but not as much as I would have expected, however, aroma is very organic smelling and of freshly picked hops. The flavor is intensely sweet with natural fermented sugars and the presence of hops is like a thick residue of sticky green hops that are overly bitter. Aftertaste leaves behind an earthy after note that is rich in earth and an organic honey finish. Although, this is flavorful and nice and touching in the ABV department, I have skepticism towards it being a perfect showcase to display hops, but more of a beer with increased ingredients to achieve a higher IBU.
adrosson (131) - California, USA - APR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice. A bit of a bitter taste with some tropical fruit going on.
On tap at mediterrano.
dnstone (1989) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich malty, red apple smell. Red-amber with a bit of off-white head. Sweet and malty taste with red apple notes and a subtle hop kick that hits the back of the tongue.
brian60625 (609) - Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle for $2.25. Aroma strikes the baseline levels of floral and hoppy aspects, all coated with pine tones. Appearance is red, foggy, heavily laced, residue lingering on the top. Flavor is pine, a tad soapy, and veggie-laden hops. Palate is sorta watery, medium bodied. Overall, it sits right on the "ok" precipice, good enough for a this time, but I wonít buy it again. The pursuit of hoppiness will continue.
camborne (293) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some citrus and caramel in the nose. Big hops bitterness with creamy mouth feel. Bitter hop finish. Not over the top hops yet you know they are there.
dutch23mp (241) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The name is misleading as you think it will be over the top in hops. It is not and is a very pleasant blend and just perfect to the palate. As the description says a slight hint of caramel and a great balance. I can see why this brew gets some high marks, very well crafted and a perfect paring with a pork tenderloin which I just grilled.
DocJitsu (307) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque red amber with a long-lasting, foamy, brown-tan head. Obtrusive aromas of sweet toffee pull candy and notes of milk chocolate. Slight alcohol burn in the nostrils. Mouthfeel is quite nice with a wet, slick beginning and a stinging mild carbonation burn at the finish. Sweet jam on a biscuit yields to raw potato with a vodka finish. High alpha acid hop remains in the palate after everything else has faded. Very interesting beer. I donít love it, but it is big and interesting.
EtTuCthulhu (399) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma fuses the smell of caramel malts and floral and resin hops; the appearance includes a medium-sized off-white head and a beautiful auburn color. The taste is extremely bitter, mildly umami, and slightly sweet; furthermore, the palate combines a sticky texture, full body, average carbonation, and a long, bitter finish, which makes this beer the love of the hop head but the bane of the malt maniac.
thewalkindude (8) - - MAR 20, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Judging by taste I would not have guessed 100 ibu or 8.5 abv. This is a smooth beer with good but not overwhelming hops taste.