Skyview (5150) - 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.
Ericular (555) - 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 (1944) - 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 (556) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Nice smoke aroma. Taste is a bit bitter. Good beer. The smoke adds a nice element.
JK (4349) - 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 (252) - 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 (5993) - Fort Collins, Colorado, 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 (1980) - 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.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at brewery! Pours dark amber with a tight sudsy khaki head that slowly settles to a thin film that seems to last. Aroma is bitter earthy mild citrus hops and a soft smoke scent. Taste is bitter up front with earthy pine little citrus and somewhat resinous and a smooth smokiness throughout. Palate is medium and had good carbonation with a dry finish. Pretty tasty!
TheHOFF43 (1706) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at APN. Another smoked beer from HammerHeart, but they do them pretty well. Pour is orange, nice hops and a smokey finish.