elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottled Aug 18, 2010. My last of the 6-pack, started enjoying right at 2 weeks old, never got around to reviewing. Pours slightly hazy copper amber with a two finger off white head that holds a nice foamy cap and leaves good lacing. Aroma is predominantly vanilla and oak with a good dose of pine, some citrus and grass, notes of caramel and bready malt, good strength. Flavor features citrus, pine, and resinous hops, smooth vanilla and caramel malt, only lightly sweet, solid bitterness on the finish, alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium to full, creamy, low to medium carbonation. Pretty damned good and unique IPA.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle - Pours a clear copper color with a small, foamy, off-white head. Plenty of lacing. Aroma is piney, with citrus, caramel, and oaked wood. The flavor is piney, citrusy with a big vanilla and woody character that is very present on the backend. Medium bodied with light carbonation. This is a nice IPA but the oaky/woody presence can be a bit overwhelming - still very enjoyable however.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Specís. Poured a clear, orange/amber/copper body with a bubbly off-white head and sticky lacing. Aromas of tangerines/oranges, caramel sweet, lightly floral and grapefruit in the end. Flavors of nutty pine, oak, piney resin, toffee sweetness and a lingering, medium bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel with active carbonation. The oak really comes through as this one warms a bit. Donít be too quick to drink it before it matures a bit.
unclemattie (4117) - Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
LLLLLetís get ready to RUMBLE. Bottled on Aug 18 2010.
12oz bottle, grey label. Solid copper color, very nice. Thin white head, great lacing. Aroma of vanilla, oak, pine wood (hops), and a touch of caramel hops. Very nice complexity, as in all Great Divide beers. Nice sharp hop bitterness. Loads of sugars, nice sweet malts, undertones of caramel sugars, toffee. Mostly C-note hops. A bit of tanin bittnerness in the finish. Purchased in Bruisin Ales (bottled on the visit to BA just before the purchase visit).
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2011 Draft at Kristinaís pig roast at West Lakeview Liquors- thanks again for putting on the event and these beers. Pours a cloudy gold-orange color with a small eggshell white head. Notes of caramel malts, orange citrus, grassy hops, nectar, vanilla, and oak. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation and a malty mouthfeel. A little messy but pretty good nonetheless. Re-Rate: 8/30/11: Draft at the Royale. Better than I remember. Very smooth, with a good balance of sweet vanilla and malts and citrus and tropical fruits. Medium-bodied and smooth, with moderate carbonation. Nice sipping IPA.
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden copper with a sweet citrus aroma. Bitter with a hint of sweetness. Smells a lot sweeter than it really is. Itís OK, but Iím not a huge fan.
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at kristinaís west lakeview liquorís pig roast. thanks again for having this awesome event! pours a clear copper orange. aroma of doughy caramel, citrus herbal bready grass hops. good, nice bright hop character to kick things off. but the malt backdrop was a bit of muddled grainy earthy vanilla and wood.
swoopjones (5603) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2010, golden pour, nutty & peanut shell notes, medium bitterness. sweet malts, vanilla, caramel. Hops seem to be muted down due to aging. Decent
sthlm (1224) - Iowa, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] Pours deep amber with a tinge of red and a small off-white head. Aroma is odd, and I donít care for it all that much. The barrel clashes with the hops and creates some strange off-notes, with a hint of sulfur present as well. Taste is oak, vanilla, toasted malt, good bitterness, light citrus (tangerine and mandarin orange), caramel, restrained alcohol, and faint nuttiness (almond). Medium-thick mouthfeel, smooth, decent finish length. Overall, a strange beer that I suspect would be better without the barrel.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper-orange, thick frothy white foam. Aroma is caramel, light spicy hop, fruity apple. Taste is more spicy, hop bitter, apples, caramel.