DrnkMcDermott (2960) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Draft, at GLBC. I should save this for rating #666, but who knows if I can hold on to the notes that long. Orangey brown color, light lacing still in the sampler glass after Iíve been throught the other samples. Smells of honey and a touch of cinnamon. Still has a big hop bouquet to go along. Despite its ABVís, not much of an alcohol burn. A fine finish to a great sampler tray at Great Lakes.
Extra note, 11/20/06: Five weeks ago I was pouring beer at the <a href="http://ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?e Park Oktoberfest, and I took a growler of this beer home from the tap at the end. As of now Iím still pulling off it, and even from a jug of dubious sanitation, this is still a burly beer, with lots of malt and lots of hop. Strong enough to survive some very beer-unfriendly conditions! And still very yummy!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very pretty beer. Deep amber in color with a crimson hue, plus a thick, slightly rocky head. Almost breathtaking. Fairly muted aroma, but as it warms the orange citric hops with sweet maltiness show their faces. Lovely and tingly on the tongue. Rich and full figured, this baby packs a malty wallop with a strong dose of grapefruity hops. Slight alcohol at the finish. If you want a buzz, this could be your beer. Thanks to bkelley for the sample.
zathrus13 (1749) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a small head. Aroma is hops and malt. Flavor is hops, with some sugar and malt. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Very drinkable.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2009 Pours clear copper with reddish tints, and a thin off-white head. Notes of toffee, woody hops, and citrus. Full bodied with some moderate hop resins. Finish is slightly sweet, moderately bitter.
OhioDad (2492) - 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 (2482) - 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 itís 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.