JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Ridgewood Wine & Beer, Raleigh. Was looking forward to this brew big-time and was mildly disappointed (though the hop dropoff may well have been extremely rapid with this beer). Deep copper pour with a thick creamy head. Nose of blooming flowers, ripe citrus, and some booze too. Body is nice and healthy, palate a bit hot. Flavors, though, seemed a bit washed out, with paper, tea, and grain undermining the hop potency. Okay, and would relish the opportunity to try if/when I know it’s super fresh.
reebtogi (4583) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle pours a golden orange color with a 2 finger white head that settles slowly leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is pine and grapefruit with some caramel. Taste is piney and grapefruity hop bitterness balanced very nicely with a caramel malty sweetness. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation leaving a nice tingle on the tongue. A very high quality brew that is worthy of tasting many times.
trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright orange transparent pour. Juicy, extremely hoppy nose, with sweet mandarin and a bit of butterscotch behind. This one is definitely all about the hops. Flavor confirms – just enough malts to balance, and not a bit more. Huge pine resin and citrus rind notes. Juicy, with a dry, bitter after. Very tasty.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle, nose is citrus with odd flavors taste is hot and boozy with some grainy finish really not my cup of tea will definitely need to revisit
foles (45) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting. Not a lot of hop aroma. Very very bitter, with a bitter hop flavour underneath. Its got a ton of hops in it, but not very pleasant. Good upper limit for hoppiness.
ration (2005) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden with a small head. Aroma hops, grass. Cascade hoppy. Bitter taste. Medium palate. Not Bad.
lusikka (6874) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle @ Naamat, Tampere.
Pours a copper orange colour with a firm white head. Aroma of grass, floral hops, hay and gooseberry bush. Flavour of caramel malts, hay, bitter hops, grass and gooseberry bush. Medium bodied, dry mouthfeel and a bitter, warming and caramel finish. Finishes bitter and light sweet. Quite heavy and musty, not refreshing at all.
olio (7250) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2012 355 ml bottle @ Naamat, Tampere.
Pours clear copper color with small head. Aroma of exotic fruits, hops, sweet caramel, floral notes and malts. Flavour of fruits, caramel, malts, goose berries and hints of hay. Stuffy, a bit sweet and caramelly. Definitely a disappointment.
pushkinwow (2195) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, I think as a bonus but not sure from whom, maybe Alan. Clear bold amber with a nice one finger white head that settles to a thin head. A very nice combination of malt and on first blush sweet hops; wet, resin and pine, ripe grapefruit - very interesting "mush" of hops without overwhelming. Moderate to high carbonation, fairly full body, becomes quite bitter but not too much so, dries out the palate to leave a nice resiny coating, lots of malt and hops. Quite tasty.
Reynolds314 (2728) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is fantastic citrus and herbal grass with apparent sweetness. The taste is very much like the title says a complete palate wrecker. Abrasively bitter and harsh but still palatable. Pretty good stuff.