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.
razzanof (71) - Leavenworth, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle; pours a clear copper with a thin off white head; aroma is caramel and rye; taste is caramel with yeast, citrus and a touch of pine; finish is mostly dry with a strong alcohol finish.
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rondphoto (2891) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear dark amber with a beige head cover, hanging curtains of lace. Strong aroma of malt and alcohol. Taste is full-bodied malt that adds hops and alcohol on the swallow, all moving smoothly to a finish that is heavy on the alcohol side. A big, bold brew, but almost outside the range of beer.
TattooJack (280) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a four pack, dark and foamy, good looking glass of beer. It’s bitter at first and a little sweet, it’s 10% and you can hardly tell until you are half way through the 3rd beer. Next thing you know you are looking up Lenny Bruce on the internet, learning about freedom of speech, and appreciating the right we have to say whatever we want. "Nothing is sadder than an aging hipster". I agree Lenny, I agree.
Mep3222 (869) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very malty and peppery taste and aroma. Some piney hop balance, but definitely malt dominant and spicy. Almost has a barley wine feel with a bit less in the hops than other barley wines. Very well made beer, but I am not a huge rye fan. But still nice and very well made.
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gopherfan99 (912) - CROATIA - NOV 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; pours a clear copper with a thin off white head; aroma is yeast, caramel, rye, and some citrus; taste is caramel with yeast, citrus and a touch of pine; finish is mostly dry with a little bit of bitterness; nice double IPA
solidfunk (5312) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty and funky IPA on the rye end of things. Pours dark brown with OK head and lacing. Medium bitter finish. Citrus and big rye aroma. Bottle.
NikkTwist (2008) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Moriartys. Tulip. Hazy dark amber pour. Strong splashes of lace. Somewhat heady earthy hop malt flavors. Fairly spicy. Dandelions. Sunflowers. Malty bamboo. Sharp earthy hops. Blood oranges. Burnt citrus peels. Dark caramel oranges. Interesting hoppy middleground.
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"what a nice find this was (city beer in SF). pours and smells like an inperial IPA. Good body, and the flavor of the rye comes through more in the flavor and aftertaste than it had in the overly piney nose...not that there’s anything wrong with that! Overall, a strong, very enjoyable beer. 11/09-must have gotten an old bottle...the hops have nearly died, atl east the big pine and citrus aspects. the bitter finish is still there and the malts are huge. even too old, it’s still good, but more like a hoppy Barleywine than a DIPA. 3.8-4.1"
Darkmagus82 (2006) - - OCT 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-28-14-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy copper-amber color with a tiny head of white foam. The head fades super-fast, leaving a very light level of fizzy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is bready and moderately sweet with aromas of rye bread, toffee, and caramel. Along with these smells are some hoppy aromas of pine and grapefruit bringing a very nice and robust rye IPA smell.
Taste – The taste begins a quite bready and doughy with a strong sweetness of caramel and some milder dark fruit flavors of plum and raisin. Along with the thick bready taste there is a nice showing of rye which grows slightly stronger more toward the middle and the end of the flavor. All the while as the flavor advances, so too do hop flavors begin developing. They start from the front of the taste as a lighter grapefruit hop nature which gets quite a bit stronger as the flavor advances. At the same time as the grapefruit grows in intensity, a pine and grassy hop also come to the tongue along with a moderately boozy taste. While the grassy flavors remains relatively subdued, the pine really pick up in strength to the end, surpassing the grapefruit in intensity. With a little bit of an earthy flavor, a slight lessening of the sweeter flavors,, and a bit of a peppery spice flavor coming to the tongue, one is left with a nice thick and chewy, moderately boozy, hopped up rye bread flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick body is very nice for the big bready and rye flavors of the brew really allowing them to stand out. This in conjunction with the moderate carbonation make this brew a very nice sipping beer.
Overall – A quite big and tasty rye IPA. Very thick and mouth coating with a sweet and big flavor. While at times slightly unbalanced, this is a nice brew none the less, and well worth a try.