Dogbrick (7113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2004 On draught at Barleyís Smokehouse. Billed as the big brother to Burning River, I'd also say it is kissin' cousins with Arrogant Bastard. Pours a luminous red color with a medium and creamy light tan head. Thin rings of lacing throughout. The aroma is a nice blend of malt, fruit and hops. Rich and tart with robust bitterness. Hops, malt, fruit and alcohol play nicely together. The finish is nicely bitter hops, with a pinch of citrus and sweet malt. As usual I am impressed with this scary good offering from GLBC.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Bennoís! Deep copper pour with a very short whitish head. Sweet berries, alcohol, and strong doses of Pac NW hops provided a very nice bouquet for the nose. Pears, grapefruit, and apples hit the tastebuds and were backed by some significant sweet caramellage. The hops had a very strong presence in this one. Very well-made brew that hid its alcohol well.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Crizay I believe, from a trade a while back. Pours a clear crimson hued brown with a diminishing medium sized beige head. Aroma is soft old malt heavy with plum and caramel. Spicy with some oxidization and a bit of malt. Finishes up dry and with some big bitterness.
Ibrew2or3 (6440) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle that looks to be more than a year old if Iím reading the label correctly. It pours a crystal clear amber with off white head. The aroma is pretty solid with pine like hops, rich roasted malts and sweet caramelized malts. The taste is full and aggressive. The pine hoppiness hits hard up front and slowly gives up ground to roasted malts and sweet crystal malts. The hop assertiveness never recedes. The malts seem to struggle to reach the hop flavor plateau but just donít have enough juice to pull it off. The malts whimper off into the background toward the finish and allow the hoppiness to shine though. It seems a bit thin somehow.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby red with a thin head but persistent lacing. Smells of rich cherries, tarte malt and some mellow hops. Tastes moderately hoppy with rose hips, light cherries and lots of malt. Mouthfeel is sweet and balanced. Finish is earthy and refreshing.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: dark deep amber with hint of reddish brown. Large creamy beige head. Aroma: medium light alpha hop aroma with noticeable alcohol feel. Burn with woody hints, sweet malts sitting deep below. Touch of vanilla. Flavour/Palate: soft front with fruity, leafy wet hops. Soft clean malts quietly fill void. Twig like bitter ending with softer sublime flow. Semi dry alcohol felt detached. I am not sure what they wanted to create here. Quality is present but direction somewhat misguided.
sebletitje (6234) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of sirpsycho.
Bottle received had a good ítil date of Octí 06.
Pours murky orange with light brownish head.
Aroma was a mix of malty and floral hops with strong grainy nose.
Taste had significant dose of caramel malts and not much of hops to be noticed.
Donít know what to think of this one, wish I had a newer bottle to get a better idea.
crossovert (6119) - Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, best before 11/30/10.
It pours a deep brownish crimson with a soapy off-white head. It sticks for a while and recedes to a lot of lacing.
The smell is hoppy goodness. There is tons of ruby red grapefruit and citrus with a bit of pine. There is also some caramel and toastiness from the malt underneath.
The taste is pretty awesome, it has been a while since I have had a beer this hoppy (I havenít had any good, fresh IPAs lately). It is mostly pine, which I love. There is a hint of astringent bittersweetness and cloying sweetness in the end, perhaps some rottenish fruit presence as well, but it is mostly hops and it isnít overly sweet.
The mouthfeel is a bit cloying and a bit thin for my liking.
This is an interesting brew that is suitable for hop lovers when fresh.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-02-2010 02:31:54
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hop Leaf Chicago (second visit). Dark, burnt orange amber. Foresty, piney aroma, perfumey and sweet. On the palate: huge hop attack, sticky caramel malts, nice bitterness in the finish. Big and tasty.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (BB Nov 23, 06). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium to dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, flowers), with notes of candied fruit and alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not very distinctive, but pleasant and well-balanced for its style.