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 (1397) - @ $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 (3345) - 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 (968) - 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 (1724) - 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 Iím 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 Redís. 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 Netterís anatomy text if youíre curious to see where the craw is).
igneous1 (1477) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
an odd brown color with a dark beige head, moderate to heavy carbonation. there was rye in the aroma and flavor and it was heavy on the caramel maltiness. not sure of all the hop varieties used in this one, but i detected simcoe which was confirmed by someone behind the bar. beer was thick and chewy almost cloyingly sweet. ok, but a bit sloppy and didnít seem to have a real identity.
adnielsen (7602) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap @ Great River Iowa City. Dark amber brown appearance with a small off white head. Some rye but a pretty bland malty nose. A little too sweet of rye flavor thatís bittered quite a bit by the hops.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught at Old Capitol. Clear deep auburn brown with one finger beige, creamy with fair retention. Aroma of cola and biscuity malts, light toastiness and bitter pine. Sweet flavor of cola, mod floral and pine hops turning into hairspray. Some spicy rye does finally show up midway through. Astringent bitterness peaking at an 8 in the dry finish, some alcohol presentand earthy. Low prickly carbonation with a full body. Did not enjoy, terribly overbittered.