blipp (6429) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours red/amber with a nice beige head. Aroma is floral, with pine resin, grass and caramel. Medium body. Well balanced falvor with grassy, floral and perfumy notes accompanied by a nice solid caramel note. Finishes with a nice lingering bitterness.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, caramel malts, grapefruit, pine, and resin. Poured deep amber/dark orange with a bit of copper in color with a medium-sized beige head that diminished. Clear. Sparkling. Full of small particles. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Flavor of hops, resin, caramel malts, and pine. Medium body. Oily, lightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, resinous, hop finish. No, it is not a red IPA, because it is not red.
bhensonb (11673) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Rich mahogany color with an off-white head that fizzled out. Aromas of floral hop and somewhat roasted caramel. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Flavor is roasted caramel and a bunch of citrus?/floral hop. Itís really hoppy in the finish. I donít think itís balanced, but if hops prevail, what does that really matter. Really good ale.
waolsen (1362) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. nice look red with foamy light tan colored head. caramel, floral aroma. funky earthiness. hints of coffee and nut but that might just be its funk which is coming from the hops. light caramel. citrus. dry hops prominent and dance on tongue in finish.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an insanely cloudy amber colour with loads of particulates, with some suspended and some settling out quickly. Perfect rings of creamy lacing are left with each gulp. The nose is resin-like pine, grapefruit citrus, grass, cucumber and soap. The flavour is extremely bitter. A boquet of hop flavours including pine, grass, lemon and earth grace the palate. It definitely tastes hoppier than 45 IBUís would normally suggest. The palate is chewy and relatively creamy in texture.
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a hazy amber color with a big off-white head that showed good lacing and long retention. The aroma is rich with cascade hops, citrus and caramel. The flavor follows the aroma, lots of biter citrus and caramel; this reminds me of a boldly ramped-up version of SNPA. The mouthfeel is full and malty. The finish is long with lingering caramel. Overall: I would not call this an amber ale, this is an APA, and its a very good one. Recommended.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber, with a a one finger, creamy off-white head. Nose is primarily citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. Taste starts off with sweet malt, then the bright citrus hops before settling into a lingering, prickly bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, a little tingly.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish amber, moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is somewhat hoppy, fruity with grapefruit and citrus, caramel and crystal malt base. Medium bodied, moderate to low bitterness and sweetness. Fairly tame.
uhclem (378) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Mildly hazy red pour with an ecru head. Nose was quite subtle, with a citrus/caramel/mocha note. Taste was also subtle; the hops introduced themselves and joined the malty-citrus overtones. Mouthfeel was very smooth and the aftertaste reminded me of the saying about the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Very interesting stuff going on there.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Reddish body, medium off-white head, somewhat resiny hop nose with some caramel sweetness behind it. Iím not sure how you dry-hop something to 45 IBUs, and I cannot believe that the brewer himself made that statement. Moderate bitterness, bit of metallic CO2 in the start, tingles a bit on the tongue, astringency in the finish, not terribly sweet. There are some good bready things hiding underneath all this random bitterness and astringency, but they canít emerge. 7 3 6 2 10 RERATE: Astringency disappeared as the CO2 gassed off; nice fruity character with good hop balance.