BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Dark pour with a cream head. Big hoppy and rye nose and taste. Really nice brew.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 New rating from a can. Dark brown body yellowish khaki head. The nose is toffee with fruit. Taste of sweet dough and almonds. There is also a hint of the rye and some bits of roasted coffee. Notes of rye throughout. A little thick and sticky in the mouth. Decent.
GlassBrass440 (45) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The color is almost black but when held to the light its true clear mahogany identity shows through. The snow white head lingers momentarily before being swallowed by the darkness beneath. Aroma starts like a traditional Roggenbier with lots of rye right off the bat but then the hops kick in and take it to another level of complexity with the citrus and pine playing a nice accompaniment to the rye. An astringent bitterness starts the flavor but rounds out to a northwest hop profile with a dry rye character keeping it grounded. The finish is dry with a lingering astringency. This is much more bitter than your typical pale ale and is closer to what I would call an IIPA, though no one style captures the entirety of this beer. A for originality and C+for execution.
rjwhite41 (40) - osceola, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a pint can into a pint glass. Pours an extremely dark brown/black with a hint of dark red with a small off white nearly tan head that last forever. IPA level of carbonation, perhaps a bit on the high end. Smells of pine and floral hops with some grapefruit and roasted caramel. Starts off with a big rye flavor followed by the hops, grapefruit, pine and floral. Finishes with a strong bitterness and the spiciness of the rye. Basically a IIPA, with the rye and dark roasted grains thrown in. A little too much going on in my opinion.
firecat95 (2) - Alton, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the can,good head, Aroma of floral hops & rye. and Smooth, rye taste up front, bitter hopp finish, grapefruit aftertaste. All & all quite
pepsican (1417) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ugh. Cola brown pour with a big off white head. Aroma of caramel, muted hops, a bit of toasty nuts. Flavor is cardboard, aspirin, and a bit of grass. Astringent bitter finish, lots of carbonation.
wlajwl (3481) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is strong pine and spicy. The flavor is grains, spiciness from the rye, hops and a good maltiness. Not as complex or intense as was expecting but it was very good all the same.
jmohno (994) - Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark,red. Frothy head from a can,always get a good head from these cans.Lacing.
Aroma is hoppy,spice herbal,sweet malt,slight bread,rye,mild fruity yeast.
Creamy chewy,soft,somewhat slick dry spice hoppy fresh herbal grassy, grassy piney bittering,iniitial sweetness but balanced by spicy ryeness,piney herbal hops carmel roast tones with bittersweet toffee.Piney herbal hoppy bittering finish.These guys are doing a pretty good job of getting these in a can,and always look forward to whats next.
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canned, purchased at Great River in Davenport the day the new batch was publicly tapped. Dark chestnut in color with a giant, frothy off-white head that is long lasting and leaves even lacing. Rye was very noticeable immediately after the pour, but is soon overshadowed by strong nectarine, apricot, and grapefruit rind as the hops rear their heads. At the tail end of the hops I get a little banana phenols that, once I noticed them, become increasingly dominant. Moderate-to-highly bitter flavor with leather, lemon peel and grapefruit notes, yet the soft banana fruitiness/yeastiness remains to lend a rather decent balance. Finish is bitter, mildly dry, and it is here that the rye finally returns. Nice pillowy, soft carbonation and clean mouthful. I never had any of their previous batches, so I can only guess, but what I’m drinking right now tastes a lot better than the few previous reviews mentioned. Maybe they improved their recipe?
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at Red’s. Poured a clear dark ruddy brown color. The head was thin and tan. Smelled mostly of toffee and molasses. Medium bodied and dry with over-the-top bitterness. The alcohol was overly astringent and medicine-like. I tasted earthy/herbal hop, dry grain, and hints of banana and dark fruit. A bitter rye flavor lingered and stuck in the back of my craw (see Netter’s anatomy text if you’re curious to see where the craw is).