OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle pours copper with a short offwhite head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine hops. Flavor is caramel malts sweet a touch of toffee and those beautiful grapefruit hops. Nice bitter finish. On the palate it is quite balanced, smooth and amazingly drinkable for an 8% beer. Alcohol is completely hidden and this is one that is "frighteningly" easy to drink! Fantastic seasonal. I really enjoyed this one.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour a crystal clear reddish orange with a thin ivory head. Very lacy. Smell is rich malt and pervasive hoppiness.
Taste is also rich and malty with a generous level of bitter herbal hops. Piney. Caramel and vanilla too. Long bitterness and a light sweetness in the finish. Tasty though. A good one.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber pour. Malty and somewhat citrus and pine hop aroma. Smooth balanced flavors - big malts, caramel sweet, and contributions from woody hops. Medium bitter finish. Nice carbonation - not overpowering. 8% alcohol is hidden very well. This beer is really good, and I could easily drink too much of this without realizing it.
adrian910ss (2333) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber, caramelish color with a small head. Has a strong piny taste to it yet, isnt quite an IPA. Smells of faint pine needles. Overall, a very good beer with a slight burn to it as it goes down.
wirko (10) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite seasonal beers. A malty flavor throughout with a slight bitter finish.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 On tap at the brewery, and on tap several months later in Milwaukee, warenting an extra point to both palate and overall impression. Translucent amber in color with a thin white sheet for the head. Nice hoppy smell, with other aroma contributors including caramel, pine, neglected grass fields, toffee and cedar. Hits the palate and it’s all IPA. Toffee sweetness and bitter hops nail the peak of the tongue and fade to a syrupy sweetness on the sides. Grassy, pine-like bitterness. A solid rendition of an IPA.
Tmoney99 (10472) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 12oz thanks to Seth at BP-Clough in Cincy. Poured a dark amber with large off-white head. Good aroma of brown sugar. Medium to full body. Complex flavor of hops and malt with a small bitter finish. Another very good brew from GREAT LAKES.
omhper (19243) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Bottled. Amber colour. Caramel aroma. Sweet with dense mouthfeel. Intense grapefruity hoppiness over a lovely malt character and a lingering very bitter finish. Like with almost every Great Lakes beer this is perfect quality.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a mostly clear dark amber color with a reddish tint and a medium off-white head. Sweet thick aroma. Fruity with notes of brown sugar. Sweet malty flavor mildly acidic with a bitter middle through the long dry finish. Full body is soft and silky. Nice and tasty with the alcohol completely hidden.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty sweet aroma. Maltiness caries well throughout providing just enugh backbane for the high bitterness. A little harsh but enjoyable.