Kroney (124) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a dark reddish brown with a huge thick tan head that lingers. aroma is balanced, and big. malt sweetness, hop bitterness, and a nice floral aroma to kinda bring it ask together. flavor is superb, and almost "light", at least for a craft ale. very balanced and very good all around beer.
swoopjones (4885) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. deeper amber pour. pretty agressive in bitterness department, caramel malt backbone to stand up to hops. pretty balanced. good mouthfeel. nice strong ale
PeteyGun84 (13) - Oxnard, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice flowery aroma. Not too dark not much of a head. Not as malty as youíd think, more hoppy very easy to drink little bitter on the palate, but I like bitter very good beer
BarossaLuke (529) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty, hoppy, oh yeah! Heard a lot about this beer and it did not disappoint. Deliciously rich in crystal malt flavour with plenty of hops along for the ride.
Jimthechap (1321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve enjoyed a number of beers that entice the taster with scents of ripe orchard fruit, citrus and spruce and then the next thing you know youíre face down having beer kicked brutally by the beer, it is daylight, youíve soiled yourself and your wallet is missing. If I black out writing this review, then youíll know this is one of those beers.
It appears clear with a beautiful amber colour and some white head that left good lace down the side of the glass. The aroma is so typically West Coast: spruce, apricots, blood orange, herbal grassiness.
Argh! Argh! Hops! My wallet! Hang on, wait... the flavour is certainly heavily hopped, but it isnít a violent assault. The bitterness is there, but while fairly strong, isnít overcoming. It contributes to a lingering finish. It is still a big, big beer, but not frightening. In any other country it would be a super-beer, but in its home, a well-balanced, easy drinking beer (but not a session beer). This serves to underline context in beer.
badlizard (5518) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Clear red amber with a fluffy off white head. Floral citrus hops to the aroma. Good hop character up front followed by a sweet butter scotch finish and a syrupy palate.
bmsulliv (129) - - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2013 Very cool, red velvet color almost black. Very hoppy but thick malt body which balances it out with some sweetness. Great on tap at park chow
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Oscbert (938) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
~Citrusy orange aroma with earthy and floral tones, sweet caramel richness.
~Pours a clear dark amber color with big creamy off white lasting head.
~Roasted bready maltiness with wood notes and floral hop flavors.
~medium full bodied with med CO2, clean balanced lingering hop finish.
~Enjoyable brew. Reminds me of Speakeasyís Prohibition ale. I think I like Speakeasy a bit better and it is cheaper.
greenhorn1 (727) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown with a red hue, thick head that lasts, and tons of lacing. Nose is caramel malt sweetness with a strong hop presence. The flavor is the same and very balanced. Definitely rich and sweet but not in an overpowering way. Excellent beer!
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber---> snifter. Pours a DARK ruby, almost brown with a one finger fluffy tannish head. Smells of caramel/chocolate malts and grapefruit. Taste is a great balance of roasty, sweet malt and a tiny bit of piney hop bite. Nice medium body with good carbonation. This is a finely balanced beer and a joy to drink.