Skyview (5310) - 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.
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 (735) - 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 (797) - 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 (2010) - 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 (639) - 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 (4961) - 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 (669) - 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.
arminjewell (8617) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at APN 2013, clear orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, meaty notes into campfire, wood, slight orange peel in there as well but the smoke relatively dominates. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, slight spice, hints of oak and woody notes go into some smoke, meaty notes, slight grassy, herbal notes, finishing bitter, slightly dry. Actually worked fairly decently.
jcnielsen (2585) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at HammerHeart. Pours an amber color with white head. Smoke, wood, bitter flavors. Pretty tasty. Best of the six that I tried at HammerHeart.