jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap-pours a big foamy light tan head with gold color. Aroma is citrus hops. Taste is citrus hops with some bite, secondary medium malt. Good carbonation. Good beer.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz - Aroma of thick chewy rye and citrus hops. Sweet and inviting yet unique (to me at least). Pours transparent brown with a small head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a little carmel malt to balance it out. Palate is tart and clean. This is a wonderfully drinkable and tasty brew that hides the 10% very well.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Almandine body with a thick lasting sticky head. Nose-rich PNW hops. Taste-PNW hops, grapefruit, piney, sweet, honey, grassy, salty, perfume, med-high bitter. Very well done, an archetype of IIPAís.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Copper, hazy, medium head, hint of red in it. Aroma of grapefruit and rye bread. Bready, and malty, with apparent rye flavor, alcohol in the finish. Interesting, yet not particularly enjoyable.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pellucid copper with a monstrous, beige head. Insanely live carbonation and great lacing. Large sticky sheets of it in fact. Even from two feet away I can smell the hops assaulting my olfactory senses. Oh, the Simcoe does come out here; how I do love me some Simcoe. Very rich and sweet aroma with a large, bubblegum quality. Some saltwater taffy aromas float here and there. A thick and pungent maltiness lingers beneath the onslaught of hop wonders. Bitter and pine notes somehow make it through that massive layer of head. The flavor is thickly malty with a significant dose of piney bitterness. Very sticky flavors mingle with some expected heat. Flavors reminiscent of cedar come out with a note of rye. Thick and heavy bodied is this beer. It definately leaves a rather lasting impression with its sheer weight of malts and bitterness. The funk of rye follows through to the end. This massive beer beds down and warms the belly letting you know how strong it really is.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 750. Beer is a clear medium-dark red-brown color with an average-sized, off-white, frothy, mostly lasting head. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel; Hoppy with a moderate note of resin/pine, moderate note of herb and a light note of redwood; Yeasty with a light note of basement; Moderate miscellaneous notes of raisin, alcohol, plum, trace of minty burbon and coconut. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter wtih a long, moderately-to-heavily bitter, moderately sweet, lightly astringent, grippy, very warm finish. The body is full, the texture is velvety and thick and the carbonation is lively.
Ernest (5869) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with notes of alcohol and fruitcake.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Itís actually pretty good for a "train wreck" type of beer. The aroma doesnít have much subtlety or complexity, but itís ok for this kind of thing. Luxurious thick mouthfeel, warming without being too hot. Itís far from a type of beer I enjoy, BUT for what it is (and considering how crappy the rest of the Hebrew line is), Iím surprised.
jigglyjock (161) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong aroma of warming alcohol, dried dark fruits (dates, plums), hops (earth, pine, grapefruit). Pours a beautiful dark brown/orange color with an ever more captivating huge, fine bubbled off-white head. When I taste it, I first perceive the sweet, heavy malt, and then the balancing of strong sappy hops. Has a sticky mouth feel with very mellow carbonation. I can faintly tell there is rye in this beer. This beer would go excellently with a cheese, (bread) which has some sort of caraway seed influence. A Rueben on rye would be unbelievable accompanied by this brew!!
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red, crystal clear. Medium brown head that doesnít fade. Very inviting. I pick up next to no aroma. Iím not sure if old or Iím stuffed up. Maybe some sweet, sugary smells but the orange-citrus aroma one expects form an amarillo dry hop just isnít there. Full bodies, definately bitter. Spicey, earthy, grapefruity, caramel, brown sugar, old bay seasoning.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Poured out a deep orangish amber color, with a thick tan colored head. Aromas are predominately hops. Grapefruit, pine tree, some citrus, and malts way off in the background. Flavors are of hops, alcohol, and malts. Some caramel notes, and a burnt sugar flavor as well. Mouthfeel is rich, thick body.
Finishes bitter, hoppy, and piney.
Unbalanced in my opinion. A few less aroma hops would have made this infinitely better.