orangesol (977) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on cask at Iron Hill Lancaster.
A – Pours deep, dark, brown with a one and a half finger tall white head leaving thick rings of lacing down the glass.
S – Smells of spicy rye, pungent citric hops, sweet caramel malt, and lots of grapefruit acidity. The citric aroma’s are strong but the grainy rye helps to balance them out. Very nice stuff.
T - Starts off with a bright grapefruit hop bite up front quickly giving way to a mix of spicy rye, sweet caramel malt, and an overall chewy feel that combines with the hops and the rye to linger thru the finish. The hops were a great compliment to the spicy rye.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Full feel, growing a bit thin toward the end, with a mix of hop bitterness and spicy rye in the finish, lingering for a short time.
O - I enjoyed this one. The bright hops were a welcome addition to all that grain. They really held their own throughout the glass. I am glad I got to try this one on cask.
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap, Lancaster, backlog. Pours a dark amber to brown body with a small wispy off-white head. The nose is big citrusy hops with lots of caramel and a light hint of rye. The hops smell a bit catty to me. The flavor is not really working for me. The hops are big, but the caramel malt is also really big and seems to dull the hops a little and overpowers the rye a bit much. Seems like if they just concentrated on the rye it would have come off better. Mouthfeel is a touch clingy and sticky with a slight resiny and spicy finish. OK, but a bit confusing and lacking in a main focus. Guess that’s why it’s an ’American Strong Ale’.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Lancaster location on Memorial Day 2011.
Pours a reddish-copper color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing as it makes its way down the glass. The nose carries some light rye spice as well as a bit of sweetness. Some floral and earthy hops there as well. The flavor packs a bit more punch, and the hops come out more. Light floral and earthy flavors mix well with a bit of a rye spice. Good bready character and some light sweetness. Medium body with a light bitterness in the finish. Pretty good.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-03-2011
DiarmaidBHK (3724) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this is more of an Double IPA. Pours at IH Lancaster. Big grapefruit on the nose. Pours lehigh brown and leaves lots of lacing. There’s some bitterness but also nice flavor. Definitely not a session beer.
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transparent mahogany, frothy large-bubbled white head. Heavy caramel, orange, and pine in the nose, very IPA but grain bill keeps it a bit sharper, helps draw attention away from the standard sweet ipa faults. Super sweet orange-glow flavor through finish, light, fresh grapefruit, toasted malt and a bit of manure. The grapefruit really saved the beer.