FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium nut brown color with a large creamy orange-tan head that lingered and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was a bit roasty and had a harsh fruity and floral hop presence. The flavor was bitter and harsh pine and fruity hops with undertones of bread an pepper. Medium length finish of pine, fruity hops, bread and pepper. Medium body. Ok.
AirForceHops (4530) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle that I purchased @ Nikkiís Liquors, Providence, R.I. for $2.99. Deep crimson color. Nose is pine resin with sweet caramel malts that reminds me of sticky pine needles at Christmas time. The flavor is much more citrus hops and less pine then I would have guessed after the nose. Earthy malts with a sticky texture. Resin does show up again lightly in the finish. This gets a few points for being different. An interesting mix of citrus, pine and huge, Earthy caramel maltyness. I like the direction Harpoon is headed with this brew.
McGarnigle (580) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4-pack. Good, strong IPA. American hop flavor, but a little different from the usual three Cís. Still some mix of citrus and floral. Kind of a red-orange color, ad it tastes like it. Itís funny that the brewery downplays the malt (the brewery site says "very little malt flavor"). That goes too far, though of course this isnít a doppelbock. Itís a tasty strong IPA.
mansquito (4116) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
New Beer Distributors, NY 12oz ($3): Pours a reddish color with a nice looking head. Aroma is a load of citrus hops, some strange yeastiness, and some very particular maltiness. Taste is rather bitter, especially towards the finish where there is a dry bitter bite. However, there is plenty of malt backbone as well. Aftertaste is bitter and a little bit sweet, but there is much less sweetness in the normal taste of this here ale. Interesting and pretty good.
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My bottle [12oz] shared with HogTownHarry. Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size long-lasting frothy off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, a decent amount of hops, fruit, light spices and some sugary sweetness. Flavour of caramel malt, lots of hops, light spices and some alcohol in the big bitter finish. Medium bodied. I quite liked this.
Beerman6686 (5340) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one poured a lighter red color with a beige head. Aroma was of toasted malt, caramel, and herbal hops. Flavor was similar, a typical imperial red, too malty and bitter hops.
Leighton (14006) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Pony Bar UES - NYC. Pours clear, rich copper-red with a fine, creamy head. Big nose, dripping with pine and caramel, some sweat and ripe orange. Huge flavor as well, modestly boozy, with lots of caramel malts, some brown sugar, assertive bitterness of heavy pine, lightly toasted grass, ripe grapefruit and orange, along with some berries and dirt. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly warming to finish, quite resinous and sticky, with lots of dirt, earth and grass, some melon and papaya, toffee and caramel. Lingering dirty grass in the aftertaste. Malts toasted to the point where they give off suggestions of cocoa. It ainít a subtle beer, but itís alright.
Art (2264) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty decent hopped up high alcohol content beer. Kind of a harsh taste/ bitterness but not undrinkable.
dextermorgan (97) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at Pony Bar Harpoon tap takeover. Tastes almost like a rye ipa, very complex yet smooth finish.
smcolw (600) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extensive rocky head. Good Belgian lace on the glass. Cloudy, dark amber color, almost light brown.
Nice fresh hop smell; reminds me of an Double IPA--lots of Grapefruit and some pine. This overwhelms any chance of a malt nose.
A very bitter brew--makes the beer one-dimensional. Even as a hop head, I miss the balance. Strong alcohol presence, makes the mouthfeel a bit oily. The swallow and aftertaste is a combination of these two elements: bitter hop and a medicinal alcohol.
This is on the extreme end of beers. I would compare this in a flight of DIPAís.