Luckyhank (32) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good, but not quite great, IPA. Love the dark color, but other than that there is nothing that exciting or unique about it.
shrubber85 (8582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Toffee malt, orange, and peel aroma. Dark brown-black with minimal head. Lightly sweet toffee malt and moderately bitter orange peel flavor. Okay but fairly subdued.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap @ 1702, Tucson; November 2010
The beer arrives from the tap with a thin, pale head that is surprisingly light for a beer that is so black; it does show a clear brown hue in the light though. The nose has a resinous pine aroma that is backed by piquant citrus zest. The aroma is even somewhat dank from the hops and sometimes seems to have a cheese-like quality to it. The citrus reminds me more of Meyer lemons and lemon zest than the typical IPA aromatics, but this seems typical of these beers that have roast grain in them.
As the beer first hits my mouth it tastes quite bitter and resinous. The citrus character comes out quite a bit more as the beer warms up. A soft sweetness accentuates the fruity hops, but this is still secondary to the herbaceous resinous hops flavors and bitterness. An accentuating roast note in the finish is not overly noticeable but boosts the perceived bitterness. There is a touch of body to this brew, but it certainly hits the quaffability that a good IPA should. This ends up as quite a nice beer; the roast is subdued, which works with the hops character, though this last could even be a bit more prominent.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from Kenwood Liquors. Pours dark brown with very small tan head. Aromas of pine, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavor of pine, medium hop bitterness, sweet malts, chocolate, and some roast. Kind of messy. Thick syrupy mouthfeel.
undsioux7 (835) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown/black. Really nice clean nose of pine and citrus hops with a touch of chocolate and black liqorice. Taste is a bit maltier with only a touch of bitterness. Loved the aroma and how green it was.
brenn79 (1671) - Idaho, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2010 750 ml. bottle- Pours black to brown that you can almost see through at the thinnest part of the glass, it has a thin tan head, and that was with a rigorous pour, the aroma is piney hops and chocolate malts, very good. The flavor is malt forward at first then finishes with citrusy hops then after the swallow becomes bitter, it also has a spicyness that is very appealing. Carbonation could be a bit higher but the body is spot on, easily sessionable and somewhat complex. Not the best IBA ( India black ale, as I think they should be called), but not bad.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of caramel malt, dark malt, hops, pine, resin, and slight citrus. Poured dark brown in color with a small, brown/khaki head that diminished but lasted throughout as a tiny film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Fair lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of dark malt, slight caramel, hops, pine, resin, slight spruce, slight chocolate, slight roasting, and a hint of charcoal. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Dark malt, hops, pine, light caramel, and resin finish is slightly dry. 8.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle 2010 and served in my NB Worthy glass: Pours a deep brown going towards black with a frothy off-white head and very nice head. The aroma has notes of slightly dank and resiny hops, Carafa black malt, some chocolate malt, and a bit of toast as well. Juicy fruit and walnut, white pepper, some leathery earthy tones too.
Sadly the taste profile is a major letdown, first off there is a strange medicinal and overbearing catty tone that sort of ruins the dark malt and hop combo. I also found a bit of an dirty water mineral character that creates a far less than favorable finish. I do like the malt profile when I find it as well as the light hop spice and coffee tone upon the finish. The mouth feel is aggressive and metallic, astrengent and warming. Damn just when I was ready to think Grand Teton made a 2nd great beer (after the Black Calderon) I was left feeling... well pissed. Worse is that my dumb ass bought two bottles of this by mistake.
jrob21 (2823) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from bev four less. Pours a pretty decent black color with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma is deep with pine and spice. Flavor is bandaidish at first and that fades into a bit of grapefruit bitter finish. Working in the background is a light malt flavor a little crystal sugar. This might due well with another year or so of age to chill out those bandaidish hops.
3fourths (8481) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown body, sand colored head. average retention. pungent american hop nose: citrus and pine sap. frothy without unnecessary weight. drying finish. soft carbonation. sublime combination of buzzing hop acidity and chewy but dry malt. mild taste of roast in the lengthy finish. a surprisingly good beer from these brewers, but in a style that benefits from both bold, masking flavors and bitterness.