thome50 (849) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Ernesto. Pours a hazy light orange with a modest white head. Aroma is a little off. Some pepper and almost smoke and ash. Maybe some nuts. Taste is hoppy at the front with a medium mouthfeel that by the end has a lot of the heat from the beer. Havenít had many hot beers like this. Overall, interesting but having just had a Pizza Port Imperial Pale Lager last week this one just doesnít stand up to it from a hop perspective.
ziel (64) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2014
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Very strong hop aroma followed by a strong hop flavor. This beer has a full taste but a bit too happy for me.
RobertDale (2832) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml. bottle. Thanks Mike! Pours a cloudy gold with a nice white head. Aroma of citrus and other tropical fruit. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, other tropical fruit, pine, grain, and malt. Very good. Not sure of what style it is, but who cares.
coldbrewky (1408) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wiggle. My back hurts. This did not help as much as i had hoped. Strong citrus hops on pale malt. Pale malts shine tbru with the crisp pine hop flowing till abrupt finish.
ClarkVV (3742) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fresh 2014 bottle, drunk 2/22/14
So after buying this about 3 weeks ago, I left it in the fridge and it STILL will not clarify. I donít understand! Either this is some very non-flocculent lager yeast (seems very doubtful) or these hop particles just wonít settle. Either way, the beer is still hazy, albeit not terribly so and deep sunny-orange colored with a clumpy white head that is well retained (in clumps...). Lots of lacing.
Very bitter and piney, this reminds me much of the ABCS (which I didnt rate due to the same annoying resistance to the sediment dropping out). Lush green, leafy resinous hops are backed by a mostly dry pale malt sweetness, while some earthy tones from the hops and a touch of doughiness from the yeast persist. Bright and crisp citrus notes break through on the very end and increase with warming, but itís just not 100% bright hop aroma due to the sediment.
Pillowy malts provide ample body, as a creamy carbonation aids in balancing the hop assault as well. Pine, grapefruit rind and lots of lemon all build up on the palate, crescendoing in to a bitter, but not obnoxiously so, finish that is robbed of some of its resin sting thanks to the comforting malt texture and sugars. Really nice mouthfeel, not even too out of balance, but I just donít care for the hop flavor really. Itís tons of tangy, almost sour pininess and extremely dry ctirus rind. I can see why this gets the rating it does, but not my cup of tea. On the plus side, my second bottle of ABCS has finally gone clear after sitting in the fridge for 2 weeks.
CraftBeerLvr41 (35) - Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Hazy yellow/golden color with a strong white/foamy head with nice retention and sticky lacing down the sides.
S: Pine upfront with tropical fruit, melon, grapefruit, and some nuttiness.
T: Like the aroma, piney, citrus and tropical fruit, some grapefruit, a little pineapple, and again a little nutty.
M: Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking. Kind of chalky.
O: Decent beer was hoping it was better fresh and it is just slightly, if I were able to regularly get this I would be inclined to drink this every so often.
EricTeusink (547) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is this an imperial lager, or is it a IIPA. Not sure where one ends and the other begins. Pours pale and almost clear with nice white head. Reminiscent of the newest Victory IIPA. Starts like a IIPA finishes clean and crisp like a lager. Nice beer that I was glad to share with my little brother. Bottle - Received in Trade
Clownoisseur (83) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden-orange, nice fluffy white head. Aroma is sharp with citrus hops, some malty sweetness and a hint of booze. Taste follows the aroma nicely. Lots of big hop flavors. Bitter and slightly boozy but balanced by a big malt profile and the ensuing sweetness. Very nice lager.
Dogbones (117) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours a golden orange with a rather large head. Citrus, floral and resin on the nose. Very nicely hoppy on the tongue with a decent malt backing. Somewhat sweet. Nicely intense.
joeneugs (2776) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
.5 liter bottle. It pours a nice semi-clear golden orange with a huge, fluffy white head. The aroma is bready with big hop character. Grapefruit, gooseberries and strong florals backed up by fresh baked bread. Very nice. The flavor is an onslaught of hop goodness. Sweet grape, grapefruit, and peach backed up by a dry spicy character finishing with a floral bitterness in the back of the mouth. Not much malt character save a bit of honey and bread on the palate to smooth things out. Amazing beer. Iíve been floored by the hoppy pilsners coming from these guys.
pinkie (391) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazed golden lager color with yellow hues with the orangey blush of a peach on it. Pastel eye candy. It had a 3 finger head of soft creamy bone white foam that sat like cloud over the top of the beer fo the longest time before it fell. left Grand splotchy thick lace. Oh so pretty.
Nose is righteous! This one has soft ripe peach for a nose with tropical back notes and a little bit of cat pee as it warms. Grass, lemon grass a white grape sweetness that seem to keep each other in check. The kiwi hops remind me of the nelson sauvin hops int heir grapey sweetness and powdery perfumey lightness. The malt is a pinch of sugar.
Taste is well done. My compunction with this style beer is because of the high abv it often feels like these beers are trying to put themselves together with pieces that donít fit. This one is a bit different. It has a light lager type smoothness to the drink that is not undone by the higher abv. There is a touch of warmth from alcohol on the palate and the mouthfeel is medium and smooth. The fruit is ripe and juicy, peach tropical backnotes and lemon grass. There is a wine like sweetness to the drink. The cat pee/dank is scent only and in the drink there is a moderate bitter that takes the back end . Light sugary malt. Crisp but has sweet scents from alcohol that I do not think belong in the lagerbier.
This is one of the beers in this style that actually drinks well. Itís not a lager in that you cannot have tow, three or even four. It drinks a bit sweet and with an alcohol presence BUT the fruit and the choice of hops on this have made it work. The pale malt is at itís best to smooth everything out an leave the palate dry and even a bit refreshed with plenty of carbonation to excite the tongue.