SpringsLicker (2936) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Suttree for this one!
Way overcarbonated, the pour was all foam and took forever to settle into the glass.
Sweet spicy aroma. The cedar barrel gives this a cinnamon and ginger note to it.
Differently bitter, but not bad, just unusual.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 24, 2005
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Merlin48 for this brew. What a treat. It pours an amber color with an enormous head that doesn’t stay around too long and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma. Wow. Smells like somebody stuck a cedar tree up both nostrils. Unbelievably strong cedar aroma. The flavor was very woody and peppery. Has some nice citrus notes as well. This is a very odd beer. Very odd. Finish is really dry. Thick body. Cedar. Hmm. I like it a lot. EDIT: I just noticed that it’s 7%abv. Incredibly drinkable for that alcohol. Unreal, actually. I never noticed a bit of alcohol because of all the other weird stuff going on in this one.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy orange/light brown with an enormous off white head. It took a while to pour this guy. Fruity aroma. Taste is bitter wood (cedar I assume) and dull citrus flavors. Aftertaste is bitter on the back of the palate, and somewhat reminds me of Rogue Soba for aftertaste.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 Dans cet échantillon, une grande partie du contenu de la bouteille giclé hors de celle-ci lors de son ouverture. Par chance, il en reste assez à l’intérieur pour que l’on puisse apprécier cette bière très unique. Les arômes marqués et envahissants rappellent clairement le poivre noir et les jeunes planches de cèdre encore frais. Flaveurs de lavendre, de racines de plantes inconnues, et d’huile de conifères mêlé à une touche d’agrumes frais. Corps de densité moyenne, la texture en bouche est difficile à décrire et surtout passablement différente de celle des autres produits de cette brasserie. Un curieux mélange d’ingrédients, surtout atypique d’une IPA, mais tellement bon. À re-essayer absolument.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2013 The Lure:
From gorgeous peppery cedar trees oozes honey and pine sap. Oranges bloom above and spread their perfume onto the already shining bark. A stunning perfume I’d like to wear.
Indulgent yeast and sprinkled pepper arbor the prickly yet tranquil carbonation. Piney hop bitterness is perfect for the wooden cask, as oranges diversify the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is rich, but malt flavors could be better polished. Overall, classy yet with an artisanal, homemade character, unique and sometimes spellbinding..
Discovering and exploring a new culture is so enthralling.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2006 Nice bottle-conditioned murky muddy yellow to amber. Plenty of lacing results from the initial gushing. Off-white head resolves to a cover after a few minutes. Incredible nostrils punching pineapple and cedar aroma. Pure spruce.. incredible. As if it weren’t enough, that funky yeast reminds me why I love beer (one needs that every once in a while, eh?). Lots of citrus notes, orangey, very soft hops.. A treasure of an aroma, unarguably unique, yet it feels like an old friend immediately. Highly fruity, floral.. makes me think of spinach even and definitely algae. Firm and mellow bitterness at the same time.. Incredibly tasty and aromatic, lots of different range of flavours that you’d never think match together, but you needed Japan’s advanced beer science to come ahead with that. Very small bubbles procure a biting bite everywhere at once, but it is comfortable if only for the flavors.. I want more in my mouth with every sip. Light-medium body… Quaffable…Ok, maybe not what most of us have come to expect from IPAs, but let’s face the facts (or my biased opinion), it tastes better than any IPA I’ve had. Tremendous beer!
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2005 Picked up a 24.3 oz. bottle@Holiday Wine Cellar: A gusher. Pale hazy peach color with a huge head and some floaties. Aroma is fruity and peppery with some wood (cedar). Flavor starts lightly sweet and fruity (peach, apple, a touch of grapefruit) then some spicy bitterness and finishing kinda dry and orange rind bitter with some more cedar in the aftertaste. Creamy, lively palate. A most interesting twist on an IPA.
TAR (2380) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 <i >Draft: Yellow gold. Loose but well-packed foam with puffy lacework. Divine nose of fresh cedar and black pepper-dusted melon. Voluptuously conditioned with feathery-soft carbonation. Well rounded. Scratchy yeast texture accentuates the ripe cedar vibrancy. Hugely explosive with an unmatched softness of grapefruit and tropical fruits spiked with a greenly bitter hop punch. Fresh cedar compensates for the restrained malt sweetness and casts a highly appetizing dash of black pepper-tinged dryness on the palate. Focused, refined finish of pepper and woody dryness over a perpetual afterimage of hop bitterness and dusty cedar dryness. This is sure to open a whole new door for the style. Masterful example.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy orange hue. Big foamy cream coloured head. Orval-esque nose. Very pleasing palate. I can’t ignore Oakes reference to Orval in both nose and flavor. Woody, faintly sour, pale faint malts, and tons of hops. Nicely done, medium body, finishing with pungent fruity hops. Dry, crisp, cedar notes, faint alcohol burn. I think this is just darn great.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(11.2 oz bottle: $3.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Unlike any of the "mass marketed" Japanese beers I’ve had in the past, this is really nice! This is a very fruity IPA, strong with apple, fairly sweet, lightly malty, and balanced by a fresh tasting, moderately bitter, citrus hops. The cedar woodiness is there, but perfectly subtle. That apple fruitiness dominates the nose, with a bit of cedar creeping in there as well, but I’m not detecting hops in the nose. No matter, it smells heavenly. Medium bodied, but the mouthfeel is nice and round with a well-carbonated, long-lasting palate. Medium golden/amber in color, fully cloudy, with a significant amount of particles suspended in the beer. The off-white head is large on the pour, retains a quarter-inch layer and leaves large patches of foam on the glass. Quite simply, this is a solid beer in every aspect, delicious in taste and smell, and gorgeous to look at. At $4 a bottle, it’s certainly on the expensive side, but makes for a nice treat every once in a while.