awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From 22oz Bottle. Wow, this beer’s appearance is gorgeous. Dazzling ruby amber pour with an amazingly tall, well sustaining head of creamy bubbles - one of the longest lasting I can remember seeing. Sweet, perfumy aroma of sherry and raisins. Some raspberries and honey give it a nice, sweet, floral fruity character. Just a hint of rye character creates a nice rye balance in the nose. And my enjoyment stops there. Thick, sweet, syrupy mouthfeel with a creamy, shimmering carbonation. Very sweet, underattenuated flavors and a substantial dose of diacetyl. Also, I’m not really in agreeance with this beer’s classification or label title, as it really seems like more of a barley wine to me. No matter. Ripe, rich, fruity spice - I am liking the centennial hop flavors. Much too sweet and syrupy for my liking overall.
thornecb (4362) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a viscous bright ruby into a tulip. Significant tan micro head leaves sheets as it slowly recedes. Everything’s here: floral, pine, citrus and resin. Syrupy and full with all the aromas in the palate. Lasting grapefruit finish. Palate detracts.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahohony with decent head. Very nice aroma of sweet sugar and c hops. A little overbalanced for my tastes, but very good. Balanced in the beginning, but very bitter hops in the end actually. Borderline barleywine....
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear dark mahogany with a small fizzy/creamy off-white head. Aroma of pink grapefruit, honey wheat bread, biscuit dough, and a bit of apple juice. Flavor is aggressive and bitter with some grapefuit and piney hops, with a bit of maple syrup wheaty sweetness, leading to a bitter grassy dry finish. Doesn’t taste as hot as I thought it would, but it definitely has a kick to it. Body feels a tad thin for the strength of the beer. Very nice sort of halfbreed between a IIPA and an ASA. With some more refined hop flavor and a bit less heat, this could be even better.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy reddish gold with a huge white head the sticks around streams of tiny bubbles racing to upwards. Aroma is of a full gambit of hops, sticky pine, pineapple, peach, sticky sweet malt, oxidized hard caramel, with a nice rye spiceyness buffering all the other scents. Flavor leads off with a sharp bitterness that never really leaves the front of the tongue. In the back there is a nice rich maltiness full with toasty malt and rye. Though the bitterness is strong the hop flavors meld and sometimes ride under the maltiness the blend is very nice. The hop flavors occasionally do try and take the from seat are pine, bitter citrus, and pineapple. Full body with a very smooth palate. Nice beer.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle served in a snifter. Pour mostly clear, dark red with a creamy long lasting head. Decent lace. Boat loads of hop aroma. Some spicey rye and sweet cara malts. The rye is overblown in the flavor. Almost harsh. Its not really playing well with all the hop flavor and high IBUs. Nice body and oily slickness. We don’t get a lot of good IIPAs in KC, so I’d probably buy this again to get a good hop fix.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 22 oz bottle. Nice dark red color with fair amount of head. Inviting hoppy-rye aroma. Taste is very complex, as one would expect with such a wide variety of hops & malts. At first this didn’t seem that well balanced, but I really warmed up to this one. Sweet, hoppy, rye flavors mix well on the palate. I hope He’Brew can follow up this offering with some more high quality special edition beers. L’chaim!
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red pour with a thick tan head. The aroma had piney hops, caramel, rye, graitfruit and citrus. Solid flavor with the caramel dominating. Palate was lacking thickness for a double IPA. This was fine but it reminded more of a Stong Ale.
Kinz (3277) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Leaning into the realm of American Strong with the flavor profile here. Deep red appearance, nice head, attractive. Aroma earthy, piney, with some caramel. Flavor matched, with an almost aspirin astringent bitterness lingering. Very full bodied, almost creamy caramel, perhaps that is the contribution made by the rye. Far and away the best HeBrew beer, and a great label. But just a nice beer.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden red color with a nice frothy head. Strong hops, alcohol, and malts. Somehow the over the top blend works and the beer is very drinkable.