Skyview (5477) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draught at All Pints North Festival in Duluth and their tap room in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. Pours a hazy dark amber colored brew with a thick creamy beige head that looks like it was a nitro pour. Aroma of multi-grain malt, West-coast type hops, a hint of smoked hard wood and a touch of citrus zest. Flavor is where the smoked malt and wood essence really comes out. More citrus and light grassy hops and a hint of bacon jerky. Finish has a very smooth aftertaste at first and then a spicy citrus bitterness comes out when the smoked flavors resides. I could see this as one of their flagship beers.
islay (2137) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 or 5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewery’s taproom in Lino Lakes, Minnesota. Consumed on 6-30-16. Very nice, hazy but bright, burnt orange to copper. Moderate amount of long-lasting, fluffy, impressive, light taupe head. Good lacing. Very good-looking beer. Fruity, piney aroma. Apricot, watermelon, and melon scents. Fruit gum. Lemon Pinesol. Surprisingly fatty in smell. Not the sort of aroma I seek in an IPA. Not smoky in aroma. Flavor consistent with aroma, but orange in particular dominates. Fruity Pebbles. Maybe a little smoky in the finish, but I easily could confuse that with hops dryness if I didn’t know this uses smoked malts. Medium body. Frothy in the palate. Nothing special in palate. Not my kind of IPA. I was expecting better.
NachlamSie (3230) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz tulip glass at Kuma’s Too. I love the idea of a smoked pale ale and it’s something that I’ve had wonderful examples of in the past. The execution here though is a little haphazard. The beer is murky and amber in color, almost brownish. Pungent bitterness is in the nose with caramel malt being noticed in equal part with the smoked malt. The mouthfeel is a little sticky with very sharp bitterness on the back of the palate. Smoke is certainly here and develops mostly in the finish. I wouldn’t mind more smoke flavor, but considering the style there should be some room for the hops as well. Not a whole lot of citrus character seems to make it through, mostly a potent, almost metallic bite. As this warms the sweeter malt body makes the last half of the glass a little tedious. A hoppy smoked beer is something I think most people would agree is tough to pull off. It is cool to see HammerHeart taking that on.
tmoreau (3571) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. as a 12 oz. serving dispensed to a Czech-pils glass, showing a hazed, amber hue, with a presentable layer of off white head foam, and sheet-like lacing. The nose was resinous, some citrus, with and a bit of woodiness, and subtle smoke. Ditto on the flavor, with more pronounced wood & smoke notes, a hint of sweetness, medium body, decent carbonation, and a combination of resinous, rind-like, earthy bitterness, & tannic astringency, producing a distinct bite that was lingering, dry, and almost a bit too overpowering & caustic, imo. Interesting concept, though.
Hud (14) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2015 On tap as part of a 4 beer flight. Great smoky aroma and even better smoky flavor. Just right hoppiness.
Nsanders (975) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery. Orange with a thin ring. Cherry wood, caramel, roasted pineapple, smokey, and resinous hops. Taste is fairly sweet with medium bitterness. Medium body with a sticky feel.
Ericular (949) - Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a growler at the Rapids Liquor Tasting. Smoke in aroma was very mild, subdued by the more forward hops, and a hint of foot smell(?). Not sure how, but it all works together. Taste is tangy, biting hops and a smooth smoke only evident in the retronasal. These guys are bringing new perspective to some beer styles for me.
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Dark tan/brown pour, hint of hops and mild smoke on the nose. Flavor was dry hop and very woody with nice smoke notes which melded in without overpowering the beer. I dug it.
wilnatp (659) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2014 Tap. Nice smoke aroma. Taste is a bit bitter. Good beer. The smoke adds a nice element.
JK (5632) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This might be my first smoked IPA. Great smoke aroma and flavor. Moderately hopped, with some grain. Very dry on the palate.
commonmac (1010) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured from tap at Groveland Tap. Tulip glass. Dark copper appearance light on head. Lots of smoke which overpowers the beer’s attempt to taste good. Hops crushed by the flame of smoke. Malt disappears in a cloud of smoke. Smells solid which is surprising. Just awful aftertaste. Reminiscent of a smoked crappy hot dog...the cheap variety. Kids - another perfect reason NOT to smoke.