FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottled 11/15/10. Pours reddish brown with a half finger of head. Considered a red ale but would recommend to IPA drinkers as well. Overall a nice brew. Would buy again especially for $8.49. A caramel malt flavor and a decent amt of hops w/ out going overboard
Sammy (11219) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A full litre had to be shared by two others. Pours above average slightly dark body with lasting quarter-inch head. Malty aromas mostly. Above average mouthfeel, red style is not normally my favourite but I appreciate the toasted malt and the balanced presence of so much hops: summit, simcoe, chinook, and nuggets. Better with food, it was drinkable and satisfying.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brilliant clarity, dark orange, foamy white head. Nose is big American hops, mostly pine resin and grass with a hint of lemon. Flavor is surprisingly malty, bread crusts, caramel, and light roast, with a heft of hop bitterness and modest resinous hop flavor, finishes of the sweeter side. Medium-full, thick and chewy, mild carbonation. A very well-balanced imperial red ale with a nice showcase of American hops, drinkable even at 8% abv.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, bottled 10/2/10. Poured clear, coppery-amber with a nice cap of khaki head. The aroma picked up juicy medium-skinned fruits (some skins and some syrupy meat).. spicy grass and floral hoppage around.. a little prickly alcohol and pepper on the back of the nose. The flavor found the same fruits along with caramel and a hit of molasses at the core.. fresh fruity bitterness and grassy hops on the edges.. peppery finish with nice lingering hoppy bitterness and some syrupy sweetness. Medium-bodied with higher carbonation on the palate.. well-balanced for the most part, but a little hot at times.. overall a solid brew.
Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hamilton’s the night the Chargers lost to the Raiders for the second time in one season. Needless to say I got embarrassingly looped that night. I’m using this as a place holder to go back to rerate again. This is one of those wonderfully creamy tasting IPAesque brews. I’m quite suprised to see it listed not as an IPA. Great beer though.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, spruce, evergreen, caramel malt, hop oil, resin, light grass, and slight citrus. Poured amber in color with a large, creamy, dense, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, caramel malt, grass, hop oil, pine, evergreen, light resin, caramel, and evergreen. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Light caramel malt, hops, pine, evergreen, grass, light resin, and hop oil finish is dry. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Strykzone (6747) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml. bottle was brewed on 10/11/10. A difficult beer to color. Call it brownish red. Murky and a smallish off white head. Aroma is not big and is citrus fruit with pine. A few other hop notes in there, too. The flavor is dominated by hop bitterness. Some fruit, some pine, some floral, etc. and a bit of caramel. The bitterness is cloying and covers up far too much of the flavor. For example, I think there are some spice notes in there but they are overpowered. This beer is a hophead’s nirvana but is just too bitter for me.
nickd717 (4183) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the BevMo fest. Pours a cloudy reddish-brown color with a well-formed light beige head. The aroma has slight citrusy hops, sweet caramel malt, and fruits, red berries in particular. Sweet red berries, currants and cherries, on the flavor, with caramel, and herbal/citrusy hops lending orange and pineapple notes. Hops are not too assertive. Medium-full body with average carbonation. This is a fine beer, but I expected more hops. Maybe their "pursuit of hoppiness" wasn’t successful?
StefanSD (2381) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a cloudy chestnut brown color with a small off-white head that has fair retention and some lacing. The aroma is strong and hoppy with citrusy c-hops. The taste follows the nose with biter hops forward set in a rich caramel malt base. The palate is smooth and full with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter hops. Overall: This should be a DIPA.
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 liter bottle brought to The Royale on a Tuesday night beer showcase. 2009 vintage, so as expected, some of the "Hoppiness" is gone. In fact, almost all of it is gone. Pours a cloudy red-amber color with a small off white head. Aroma is malt forward, with some cardboardy oxidation setting in along with notes of sugar and citrus. Flavor of sweet malts, apples, raisins, brown sugar, and cardboard. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. Basically a malt delivery device at this point, and I recommend going for it fresh.