markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass
A: A delicious looking honeyed-orange copper color with a one-finger off-white foamy head. It goes away quickly yet leaves some nice thick lacing.
S: A superb-smelling beer, with lots of varied, complex hop aromas coupled with nice warm toasted caramel maltiness.
T: While the bready malted backbone of this beer is not to be ignored, this beer derives nearly all its flavor from the multitudes of hops, hops, and more hops! Zesty citrus hops blast your tongue to start, and fruity, juicy grapefruit & pine notes take over from there. The maltiness finishes everything up and keeps the beer from being overly bitter.
M: Oily, fizzy carbonation makes up the majority of this beer’s feel.
D: Could easily drink these all day, this might be a new summer brew for me.
alexanderj (3441) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap; a opaque orange-gold; not much head. Aroma was of citrus hops and malt; not much pine detected. Flavor had a nice citrust hop flavor; some grapefruit; floral with some malt. Good.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours a clear golden-orange color with a relatively small dense white head. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, orange, malt. Flavor is pine boughs, grapefruit wedges, orange rind, and a nice malty backbone. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, nice clean, bitter finish. Good stuff, definitely a standout!!
jake65 (3019) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Rich, golden pour with a large frothy white head. Thick lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops with some malt. Taste is more citrus, floral, and pine hoppiness with a malty backbone. Crisp and dry finish.
tennisjoel (1255) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely grapefruit, piney scents penetrate the senses. I could smell this beer for a while and be very satisfied. Orange body, with a thin head. NIce and extra hoppy, the way I like it. <P> Props to MilkmanDan for letting me sample this at his tasting. <P>
Tmoney99 (12410) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns. Poured hazy copper with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body with a slick texture. Heavy bitter flavor with a heavy smooth bitter finish of long duration. A very good beer.
cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Zounds! What we have here is the IPA’s genetic clone of a sauvignon blanc. Racy, zesty kaffir lime, pungent herbaceousness and a good sprinkling of cat urine scream out of the glass. All in a delicious sort of way, of course. This is a succulent brew, no doubt, but certainly has its own style about it. Juicy malt leads the charge toward the dangly thing in the back of your throat, countered by puckering grape fruit and guava notes. The finish is lingering with what I find to be hints of stone ground wheat crackers. Or I could just be angling for a "geeky flavor profile" award. Just give this one a try and enjoy.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy burnt orange. Nice floral aroma on the nose with a hint of toffee. The flavor gives a little bit of citrus, but still is dominated by a floral slightly piney hoppiness. Very nice balanced finish that clings to the palate.
Stine (1713) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2007 Poured from a 22 oz. Golden, opaque orange in color. Aromas of mandarin orange and various woods, plants, and grasses. Flavors are very planty with bits of moss, resin, cucumber and the texture of wasabi without the fire. Lacks citrus punch, but this doesn’t detract too much, because the vegetal tones here are well-integrated and oddly enjoyable. Thanks for sharing, Dan!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. hazy copper amber with a thick off white head. Great head retention. Great berry-citrus-pine aroma that is complex and complete. Flavor is of a smoother bitterness than the aroma would suggest. Big orange/chocolate Tootsie Roll-like taste. Great mouthfeel.