whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear metallic-orange body with a cottony white head. Aroma of peanut skins, catbox, and grapefruit. Has a signature Great Divide house character. Very nutty, catty hop profile in the flavor. Semi-dry finish. Reminds me of Great Divide ESB. I tasted this fresh from the tank at Great Divide in October and later bottle samples. Interesting to see this develop.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Draught House in Austin. Great aroma, very northwest. It has a medium body with a nice crystal malt sweetness. Yes, it’s pretty bitter and has some earthiness but this is balanced with the body and sweetness. Very nice as it warms, too. Great beer.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 8, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 for a pale ale this is really the shit. pours copper orange with a whisper of haze, fluffy mushroom head. nose of grassy, resiny cascade hops. as the brew slips over your lips and evelops the tongue huge citrus pine flavors burst. bitter grapefruit that squeezes the parotid glands to excess salivation. nice balancing of fullness on the palate and malt. as the bottle states you definately get a feeling of big hop freshness. bernie the brewmaster told me this beer was a nightmare to brew, they were picking hop flowers out of every inch of the system for weeks. well worth it. for a smaller abv in the pale ale group a top notch everyday drinking beer. if i could get some more....delicious.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a deep amber body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of pine, citrus, toasted bread, and caramel. Flavor of fresh hops, malt, and toffee with a bitter finish.
lazyjay (5) - Atlanta, USA - FEB 2, 2006 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with a nice amber color and big head. Grassy aroma hops dominate and hold all the way through. Balanced well with medium body of sweet malts. This is an excellent drink. I kind of view it as a barley wine light. To me it’s on the edge, any more hops would be over the top and any more malts would be too much. Very good.
igneous1 (1500) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pretty caramel color with a rocky/creamy head. aroma reminds me a lot of Goose Island IPA, lots of pine and grapefruit, but this one is aged a little as there is a fair amount of caramel going on there. flavor is lots of pine, lot of caramel maltiness, moderate body. finish is quite long with bitterness lingering for quite some time.
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade. Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized, frothy white head. Definitely a nice fresh hop aroma. Aromas of pine, citrus and caramel malts. Tastes of caramel, hop leaves, grapefruit, and lightly nutty.
GregClow (2903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2006 Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev, Dave B. & R. - courtesy of me, from Premier Gourmet. Dark golden-copper colour with a small white head that leaves lots of lace. Fantastic aroma of tea, lemon, grapefruit and mild caramel. Flavour has lots of grapefruit, but it’s not sharply bitter like some APAs. There’s some nice woodiness in the background to keep it balanced. Really nice stuff - another winner from Great Divide.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malt is not as sweet as the Titan but has similar biscuity notes. The hops are sharp and punishing with notes of pine. The mouthfeel is thick for a pale. My least favorite of the big bottle series which still places it far above other brewers. Makes me jones for an Oak Yeti.
hopnpop (69) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured deep gold & coppery with a strong, sustained head. Nose of grapefruit and fresh cut grass. Initial taste of wood, pine & grapefuit finishing with a alcohol heavy, tangy warming feel. This beer is anything but subtle. Frankly, I’m surprised the IBU’s & alcohol content aren’t higher. I love it, nevertheless.