fiulijn (14326) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Dark amber color, hazy, with compact head. The aroma is very nice: caramel, hops, oranges, a hint of orange flowers, some sweat from the hop. Lean body, very good caramel flavor, with moderate residual sweetness, and a delicious touch of fudge; also some vanilla oak; perfect bitterness level; the hop provides a lot of soft resins and bitter orange character; long final.
stchloe (745) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very good red, pours beautifully and has a great aroma, head is slightly resinous but a strong alcoholic malty body balances well.
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Amber colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, some slight wood, mild herbs, toffee and mild ripe fruityness. Flavour is ripe fruits, wooden notes, mild resiny and grassy notes as well as quite strong alcoholic sweetness.
BK7 (722) - Turner, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Venti’s South. Malty sweetness. Pungent and sticky. Bitterness throughout. Finishes smooth but with a bit of a alcohol burn. Tasty.
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful ruby tinted amber. The nose shows some resin, but also a stone fruit/apricot aromatic. Medium to full bodied and a bit rich & sticky. Caramel & peach notes coat the palate with a solid underpinning of hip bitterness. Delicious.
thirdeye11 (5488) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) medium orange-amber, soapy offwhite bubbles. Nose of pine, honey, chlorine, chemical, and lemon. Taste of pine, caramel, nice hop/sweet balance, Lemon, but woody, really really nice. Smells weird, but tastes excellent.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Pine Box in Seattle, WA.
Pours a cloudy dark copper color with golden amber edges and a 1.5 finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.
Earthy floral hop aroma with lots of dank, resinous pine needle character countered by subtle citrus and sweet malt. Rthe hop profile is sort of one dimensional with only fait hits of grapefruit and citrus rind countering the soil-like, earthy pine presence. As it warms, the malt profile comes a bit more toward the forefront but never gets in the way of he hops. Hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit provide sweetness and prevent it from just smelling like a plant.
On the fuller end of medium bodied with a blast of dry, sticky hops that provides a lingering bitterness which dominates the flavor. Very earthy and bitter with tons of grassy pine needle flavor that’s countered by a sweet malt backbone. Hints of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and biscuit give off enough sweetness for balance without hurting the strong hop flavors. Could use a bit more complexity in the hop flavor but overall it’s a nicely balanced hop bomb that’s surprisingly easy to drink considering the high ABV and intense hop character.
Clegare1 (5) - - AUG 2, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Love the bottle artwork. The beer was very bold hoppy and earthy. Did I mention hoppy?
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Single bottle purchased from Kensington Wine Market on 06/15/2012 in Calgary, AB. Colour: Dark brown with beautiful creamy light brown head. Nose: A gorgeous blend of mustard, hazelnut, medium toasted malt, roasted barley and cracked pepper - all with a caramel drizzle. Taste: Medim-light sweet, medium bitter, medium-light sour. HUGE nutty presence blended with swirling toffee and perfectly bbq’d grain and hop. The high ABV goes nearly un-noticed making it very drinkable. Superb balance throughout! Well done!
pintbypint (2549) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml brown bottle. From the bottle the beer flows into the glass a deep amber/orange shade, creamy and fairly thick tan cap that constantly sustains itself leaving a very nice beer visually. Big bands of lace add to the eye appeal. Nose has big sweet notes up front from malt - notes of big caramel, dark sugar, some citrus. Taste has thick caramel malts, sweetness is high, its pleasant at first but tires the palate quickly. Trace of citrus hops at the end. Overall a thick and sweet American Strong, has its moments but not worth the extra hefty price tag. HUB does more enjoyable beers at half this beer’s price point.