Boutip (3979) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a deep copper color ale with a big foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of yellow grapefruit, floral and bitter hops is quite sublime and well balance for a style that does produce quite a lot of unbalanced beers. Taste is dominated by the yellow grapefruit characteristics of the hops with some floral malt notes and a bitter finish. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no alcohol could be detected. Very well done for the style and something I wish I could have access to more often.
ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bitter, with lots of grapefruit/citrus aroma as well as some spices. Dry finish. Would definitely pick it up again.
Grovlam (4137) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2007 Bottle. [Courtesy of Storm, another great session @ Papsoe]. Small beige and thick head that mostly lasted. Cloudy amber color. Fair display of lacework. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, citrus, caramel, spice and some fruit. Full bodied with a very dry texture and an average carbonation. Moderated to heavy bitter flavor with good counter sweetness. Dry and bitter finish. It went well down with the burger that I had. 31-08-2007
Papsoe (25131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of Storm/sliffy. Cloudy, amber golden with an off-white head. Fat aroma of citrus and oily hops. Quite full-bodied with sweetish caramel, spicy with a very hoppy finish. OK if not exactly outstanding. 310807
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mode: Hand Bottled
hand bottled from a growler, hazy orange, sudsy head, earthy hop aroma, a bit thin, bitter hop flavor, big oaky character, a touch of piney sweetness, after warming (and recovering from last night’s hangover) the aroma picks up a nice light piney sweetness, good pine and bitter start to finish
Words: Tasting Pre-RBSG
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
fiulijn (12179) - Malmö, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy orange-amber color. Good hopping, powerful and resiny, a bit fuity (bitter oranges); but the sweetness and malt flavor are not enough for me; there is also a light vegetables touch. Good.
fordest (1954) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle thanks to a little visit by Ibrew2or3. Nice fruity hops aroma. Very sweet there and in the flavor too. The bitterness in the flavor moved a little more toward the grass and flower flavors. Very nice beer. Thanks Dave.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of trade. Drain pour. Just not that good. Jumbled flavors. Past its prime.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - AUG 29, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours copper, very cloudy with color-strings of varying browns, like melting straw or grain. Modest carbonation supports a small beige head that dwindles slowly and never fully. The aroma is highly hoppy with notes of pine, grapefruit and sour mango and lesser other tropical notes. Malt is a force too, bready and caramel-laden. Alcohol is monstrous and ethanol notes burn the sinuses. The flavor is very highly astringent and ruined by hop overkill. Citrus and pine are pervasive and unrelenting. Acidity is medium-high to high, sweetness cloying at times. The malt doesn’t stand much of a chance even though it’s hefty; this seems horribly overattenuated. Finishes semi-dry, bitter and astringent, drying moreso with each sip. I couldn’t finish it. The mouthfeel is medium-full to full bodied, brackish, with biting carbonation, earthy and herbal resiny notes lingering. I looked forward to this for a long time only to find great dissapointment. It was a fresh bottle, so that wasn’t the issue. Astringency was the main culprit is my disdain for most of the flavor. This beer didn’t agree with me at all.
eaglefan538 (2779) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy crizay. Pours an amber-dark golden color, nice initial head, fades quickly, yet still provides decent lacing. The aroma is fruity, some floral, definite pine/resinous prominence, and even citrus notes. Malt profile asserts itself in the flavor, much more "balanced" then the previously consumed Manalishi directly before this, bready malts, earthy grain aspects, fruity flavors all accompanying the hop profile already described in the aroma. Mouthfeel is moderate for the style, a nice concoction. Thanks, Chris!