hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the malt here is a bit too carmelized, and the hops a bit under assertive. Too bad. I was really looking forward to this after trying the Crusher. It’s fine, but not fine enough to distinguish itself from a very competitive group.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber/orange body, off-white head receding quickly with lacing, big grapefruit hoppy nose. Malts are sweet caramel, hops abound, very bitter front and finish.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to TomDecapolis for opening this...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a beige head that slowly fades into a mild film and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is yeasty, citrusy with notes of grapefruit, orange zest and pine.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with heavy dosings of citrus, along with flavors of vanilla and dough shining through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, citrusy, with a yeast filled, doughy finish.
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly hazy burnt orange body with a small beige head. Aroma of breadiness, caramel, citrus, and light pine. Flavor of toffee and bitter hops.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle pours a hazy orange/brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of sharp and leafy hops-grapefruit, pine and citrus rind. Resinous hop bitterness from start to finish. Only a vague hint of malt sweetness. A bit overdone in the hop bitterness department for my tastes but the hopheads should be all over this one.
vyvvy (4396) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours bronze with a milky tan head. The aroma has tropical hops, floral hops, orange citrus and caramel malt. Medium / full body with a good amount of carbonation with a resiny feel. The flavors start like the aroma along with woody / piny hops and dry grapefruit. The finish is resiny and has a smooth bitterness. Overall this starts with smooth hops and malt and finishes with bitter / harsh hops for a fantastic balance. Well constructed IIPA.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with crizay - Pours a clear copper color with a one and a half finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, and floral hops, resin, and a tad bit of toasted malt. Flavor is a little more balanced, but still leans toward the hops. Medium to full body. Hops and alcohol are left on the palate. A very good beer. Thanks Chris.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasty. Pours a few specs from clear. Deep brown with shades of red. One nothing Yankees, up on Boston (they go on to win, swept the series). Minimal fluffy white head with strong retention. Aroma of alcohol and sweet pine hops and touches of friut. Flavor is balancing on the hoppy side with a nice sweet roasted malt on the other. Hoppy finish but to my T does not linger.
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, bright red color with a small white head. Aroma is big; aggressive, crisp, clean pine, a touch sweet. Tons of pine in the body, sharp, biting. Medium body, intense bitter finish. Worth seeking out.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
clear dark amber, wispy off white head,
sweet pine and citrus aroma plus a bit of caramel sweetness to double up on the sweetness,
big sticky pine sap body,
lots of sweet pine flavor balanced by a fair amount of short lived intense bitterness that fades to a long bitter finish, hop flavor lingers along with the bitter finish, a hint of alcohol appears as it warms, the sweet and bitter take turns being the dominant character
cut back on the bitterness to have a real winner, will have to age a bottle for 6-9 months to see what the malt does without the intense bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20