ekoerper (588) - Iowa, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of dank, resiny hops, grapefruit, some light malts and bread. Hazy golden pour, white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Flavor is sticky hops, citrus, some onion, bread and toasty malt. Fairly high bitterness, lingering for a while. Medium body and carbonation. Nice.
cpetrone84 (1369) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour is lightly hazed pale golden orange with a ton of tight white head. Nose is strong, presents a nice balance of assertive grains, lightly toasty with notes of bread and a touch of dough. Very strong hops behind, grassy and strong citrus and tart grapefruit. Taste is even more juicy hops, still has a solid grain bill, bread crust mixed with dough. Hops are juicy and bright, tropical fruits and some tart grapefruit, assertive bitterness through the finish. Clean airy body with strong carbonation, great stuff.
pushkinwow (1996) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Blue Tusk. Light amber with a creamy head. This was a bit of an odd aroma for me that combined a lager and a DIPA - pilsener, somewhat tropical with pineapple and some orange rind. Moderate carbonation and odd body, booze comes through a bit more towards the end as things dry out a bit and it becomes more bitter but this was just odd.
Ratman197 (9670) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle poured a hazy gold with a small lasting off white head. Aromas of straw, mango, peach, melon and tangerine. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, citrus and earthiness with a smooth dry bitter finish.
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m am seriously impressed here. This is one of those beers that takes brewing into a new area that hasn’t been done before. India Pale Lagers are a new trend, that in my humble opinion, have not been perfected, because if what you want is a well made hoppy beer, then why not have an IPA, why go to all the trouble to find a lager, but this was different. Instead of trying to hide the fact that its a lager and confuse the palate, this celebrated being a lager, and used the New Zealand hops to great effect. Get your hands on this one.
ziel (76) - 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 (3399) - 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 (1420) - 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 (3892) - 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 don’t understand! Either this is some very non-flocculent lager yeast (seems very doubtful) or these hop particles just won’t 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 it’s 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 don’t care for the hop flavor really. It’s 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 (82) - 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 (679) - 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