Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured crystal-clear, orange-tinted golden with a fluffy eggshell head. The aroma picked up almost meaty grapefruit and pine hoppage over supple bready malts.. sweeter than expected, but probably because it’s a few months old. The flavor opened with peppery alcohol and pine resin bitterness, with bready and lesser caramel support behind.. scratchy bitterness (mostly pine and grapefruit again) throughout.. spicy and very bitter on the long finish, carrying through mostly grapefruit. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. very bitter, but very tasty.
BREWMUSKCLES (2530) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sharp enough with stingy grapefruit flavor somewhat sweet and lingeringly very bitter. nice malt hay balanced and... fermented in the flavor (slightly skunky). grapefruit and fruit aroma. been done before and done well here.
Garlic_of_Doom (621) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 Bottle from Ølbutikken.
Pours hazy orange with lively carbonation and a small head.
Aroma hits the spot with heavy pine, cake dough malt, and loads of hops.
Imagine sucking on a fresh, hopmarinated pine log blended with doughy malt and you have the taste. A wee bit to alcohol shines through.
After taste bites hard and lingers on for a long time.
uncben87 (68) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a golden orange with a creamy tan head. Smells of citrus with a hint of sweet malt. Taste is all hops, floral and citrus. Finishes clean but very bitter, delicious. The real standout here is the smoothness of this beer. Let it warm up to 45-50 degrees and the palate is super creamy. Overall very nice.
TBone (15699) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 12fl Oz (Beer Hunters)
Clear deep amber color, small steady beige head. Rye-bread, sugar and hops in the nose. Medium-bodied. Bready, sweetish flavor, not very fresh feeling (has it ever been?). Aftertaste has nice long resiny hoppyness.
bth122 (1451) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a orange flavor, one finger head. Lacing all over glass. Intense citrus fruit hop aroma, hop oil. Taste is heavy bitterness. Medium body. Texture is not bad, not too sticky or oily. Ave carbonation. Long, long, long bitter finish. Lots of citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors. Slight malt backbone. Definitely a hop bomb palate wrecker. Good stuff.
DialSquare (4116) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle from Andersons in Toledo. Orange pour with a 1/2 inch white head. Aroma is big hops, citrus, oily, pine, resin. Taste is aggressively hoppy (shocking) - pine with caramel malts, biscuit and grapefruit somewhere in there beyond the bitter. Little warmth. Finishes an even resin bitter. Quite good and suits its name. Still have to give the nod to ruination for wrecking my palate - but this is a better beer.
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 (5460) - 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 (1584) - 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.