Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 Nice and bright red-amber hue with a frothy head. Texture was really nice, too. Swishing it around in the mouth made it become even creamier and thicker. Very toasted, with hints of dark bread, brown sugar and nuts. Sweet candy. Hops were grassy and electric, yet complementing to the malts. Some interesting spice aromas poked through (perfume, cinnamon, roast, allspice) and made a quick but strong presence. Curiously enjoyable and flavorful.
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish amber, large head, good lacing. Aroma is a blast of the usual American goods... grapefruit, pine, loads of fruit, spices, citrus, you know the deal. Big big caramel malt background. Also lesser notes of rye and bread. Rye bread? (sorry) Sweet and salty mouthfeel, some alcohol. Fairly big bodied for an IIPA, felt more like an American Strong Ale. Enjoyable, but a bit off balance. Sorta reminded me of Stone 10 with some more alcohol in the finish. Whatever, I was craving an IIPA and this was one I hadn’t had yet.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear deep copper with a robust head. nice fruit notes with a piney bitter edge. the first sips seem overpowering with the bitterness, but it goes down smoother and smoother with every sip. perhaps there is a numbing of the pallet by the big rye & bitter robustness. This beer is very devine from about 6oz to 220z.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours a clear dark reddish amber color with a fluffy light tan head, which leaves some nice lacing as it slowly dissipates. Aroma is powerful: first aromatic pine, floral and perfume, then rich roasted malts, and finally sweet molasses and some notes of dark fruits and citrus. Taste is of rich roasted malts, bitterness, pine and perfume with notes of molasses, sourness, and fruit. Well carbonated with a fairly chewy texture. A dry, mostly bitter ending.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber: Pours a dark orange with a thinning light tan head, aroma is heavy pine and resin, chewy body that leaves a slick feel, powerful carbonation, but in a good way. Starts and ends very bitter with a slight sweet alcohol burn at the end. Yum. Rye makes all beers like this better, if you brew IIPAs, add some rye the next time!!
PorterPounder (5344) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whole Foods, Alexandria, Va. - 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark copper with a creamy, frothy moca colored head that leaves very thick lacing. Fresh, spruce forest aroma with hints of mint. Flavor is decadent with some grapefruity citrus notes, mint, peaches and nectarines. Chewy, stick to your ribs flavor. Very thick, creamy mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised - especially for a line of beers that I view mainly as a novelty.
after4ever (6059) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Deep burnished copper under a thick, moussy, slightly bubbly tannish head. Slightly geysery, actually--little splats of foam emerged without even moving the bottle. Big simcoe/fruity nose mixed with the rye--the rye’s huge, but so’s the simcoe; definitely an inspried combination for the size of the beer. Nice thick chewy body with some bubbly carb that tends to almost a puff of rawness, without ever being unpleasant. Long, lingering bitter finish of resiny c-hop. Subdued sweet malts under all the swirling chaos of rye and hop in the mid-palate. Definitely over the top and fun to drink, made all the better by toasting one to Lenny.
mjg74 (2487) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap, Toronado. Sweet syrupy hoppy aroma. Very thick malty flavors with plenty of hoppy spiciness. Tastes like a hoppy barley wine.
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish copper with a creamy lasting amber head. Aromas of rye, citrus, light pine, carmel and a hint of earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, rye, grapefruit and a hint of pine with a lingering dry bitter finish.
MrBunn (2438) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So I bought this with a smirk, not expecting a whole lot. The pour was one of those annoying ones where you think it is all OK, nice medium sized head, turn around for half a second and find that you now have a floor covered in beer suds. After clean-up, aromas definitely hinted at a strong hops content... pine, grapefruit, caramel. Maybe a bit of rye comes through in the aroma, but it really comes into play in the taste, where it really changes the order of things... the rye malt is the bridge between the intial hops blast and the hops finish, and, in my opinion, does a better job of this than many of the IPA’s that rely on more normal malts, that give off a cloying sweetness. Really different, and really a nice change here.