crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy amber with a lot of sediment floating around. Aroma is predominantly sweet oak with just a hint of citrus hidden beneath. Flavor is well-layered with elements of semi-sweet oak, citrus and pine hops, and a mild bitterness. This is a very flavorful, but at the same time rather mellow and drinkable beer.
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks bro! Pours deep orange with a foamy tan head. Aroma of lemon and pineapple with some hoppy herbal notes. Lots of hop bitterness, hints of fruity sweetness and a surprising warmth that I’m attributing to the oak. Decent carbonation, medium body, and lingering bitterness. Very interesting take on the style.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark copper color with a nice creamy head. Not much in the way of aroma, subdued hops and some wood. Flavor more than makes up for the lack of aroma - lots of spicy floral hops and caramel malt. Expected more vanilla from the wood, but still a very good brew. I ended up buying a couple sixers of this one.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dense, syrupy amber with a nice white head. Aroma is sugary malt and candied grapefruit, with subtle wood notes and a touch of orange juice. Flavor is a stellar woodsy grapefruit with orange and pine resin undertones. A subtle strawberry jam essence emerges in the finish Thick and lingering on the tongue. Fantastic IPA; not too aggressive, not too restrained. This beer truly lets the individual parts shine without relying on a sour blitzkrieg to get its point across.
markwise (4664) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is almost medicinal with vanilla, caramel, malt, and cotton candy. Flavor is malt, medicine, and cotton candy. Light to medium body and interesting beer.
theisti (3451) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2011 12 oz bottle purchased at Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. Bottled on September 10, 2010 printed on the label. Pour is hazed orange golden, with a nice one inch ecru head. Looks unfiltered on the pour. Aroma is resin pine citrus hops, along with a vanilla sweet woodiness. Hops and wood are balanced against a clean toast malt backbone. Pretty subdued nose for what it is - though that could be down to the age. Taste is the resinous pine hops, balanced nicely with the grainy oak and caramel vanilla sweetness of the wood. As with the nose, nice balance between these two elements and the malt. Palate is medium bodied, natural carbonation and a dry earthy woody finish. Well crafted, nice one - love the balance. Maybe I can find this super fresh sometime.
AwYeh (102) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy, light orange amber color, with less than a finger of head that dissipates quickly. Smell has strong citrus hops, a bit of pine; caramel malts and light vanilla/oak tones. Taste is very sweet– pineapple from the citrus hops really comes out here, bolstered by the oak. Bitter finish to balance. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, perhaps 6 months old...generous ivory cream with a sticky and aromatically hoppy lace...the kind that you could leave on the glass and then scrape off the next morning and butter your toast with...fairly spicy hop come aroma with resiny sweetness that tickles the nose and then turns slightly bitter as the tickley sensation wears off. Smooth, creamy palate that retains a hint of oak and citrusy-hop notes...most of the stronger hop flavours have mellowed, but unlike many stronger IPAs, this has not turned overly sweet. A solid beer at this age...though I wouldn’t let it go any longer...and it is better fresh!
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to blutt59. poured gold with a white head. aroma was pine, peach, orange, and wood. flavor was pine, orange, and oak. light body with high carbonation.
matmatmat (82) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very similar to the Titan IPA made by Great Divide, but with a much richer texture in the palate and a more complex aroma. Nutty and carmel notes as well as citrus and some herb scents (thyme/sage) in the nose. Medium bodied, with a slightly slightly creamy palate, lively carbonation out of the bottle and a nicely balanced bitter finish.