JulienHuxley (4136) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample at EBF. Clear deep copper pour with lacy off white head. Aroma is dominated by caramel, eucalyptus, menthol, leafy hop, light medicinal notes, boozy, lots of raisins. Taste is bitter, lots of caramel, tons of menthol, leafy bitter hop, booze, raisins. Palate is full bodied, cloying and sticky, med carbonation.
thb (747) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Attractive crystal clear copper with half inch of lasting foam. Aroma is hop heavy, leaning towards the resin/tropical fruit end of the spectrum. Also a pungent spiciness (presumably the rye). Taste has a big grainy kick at the start, and the there’s definitely rye. Pumpernickel beer. Bitter and sweet in balance. Chewy and boozy, alcohol is really pushing into barleywine territory.
DCLawyer (1798) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle->snifter. Deep copper/amber with small offwhite head. A: bittersweet rye, malt, grains. T: same, with thick rye malt. Good.
Niall73 (2232) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home while visiting Jacksonville. Pours amber with an off white head. Big sweet bread, toffee, funky fruit lightly nutty aroma. Medium body, medium carbonation. Sweet ripe trop fruit, toast, marmalade, some pine, candy and a lightly bitter nutty light grapefruit finish. A touch too sweet and sticky but tasty.
Maxbier (681) - Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper with tan head. Boozy, grassy, some tropical aroma too. Lots of bitterness up front, grassy rye malt sweetness. Concentrated mango peach and pine in the finish. Enjoyable but not at all sessionable. This has to be the only drink of the evening (ok, maybe two).
AnokaBrewer (81) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color, not much head nor much aroma. Great blend of hops and malt though. Some bitterness, then malty sweetness with a finish that is not bitter and doesnt linger.
scotchzombie (417) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very hazy dark chestnut with a tightly foamed off-white head that sticks at a thick coating. Aroma is caramel malts, grains, some citrus. Taste is very, very sharp, dry and a bit cloying in the palate. Very rich and flavorful beer! A touch sweet to start and then boom! strong rye and bitter pine and grapefruit hop flavors roll along caramel malt backbone. Leaves you with a balance of bitterness and malt. Memorable for sure!
chicagotjm (20) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyable and drinkable Rye IPA. Decent aroma and pours a nice clear amber. Nice rye malt balanced well with the hops. Not overly boozy. Medium body, crisp, with a decent amount of bitterness and not overly carbonated. I’ll enjoy the four pack.
legion242 (2332) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decently balanced though I would’ve liked more spiciness from the supposed rye content.
RedEft (155) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Into a chilled mug, pours dark copper, with a small head. Nice lacing left on the mug. Unassuming aroma of pine, malts, citrus, alcohol...but taste is BIG, BOLD, and sweet at the front, with a beautiful dry, bitter, rye-hop romp amongst the pines twinge! The finish is bitter and superb. This is bold stuff, artfully blending the high alcohol content within the complexity of flavors - and pulling it all off with great balance. A considerable feat for such a high alcohol content, blurring the boundaries between double IPAs and Barley wines. An interesting, well done, and memorable brew.