rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy amber with a huge rocky head. Aroma is nice citrusy hops with hints of rye. Body is light. Was expecting bigger hop flavor from the nice aroma. Slight rye character with a clean finish. Good, but not great.
jmad (72) - - APR 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured some of a bomber into a tulip glass...
It looks perfect. The liquid is is a murky brownish orange color with a towering, pillowy shite head.
Smells extremely hoppy, mostly spicy and piney hop aromas along with a bit of citrus and some sweetness. The taste is very smooth, first you get some bitter lemon followed by peppery hops, a touch of rye and a bitter citrusy aftertaste. The beer is thicker than I expected, almost creamy, it has low carbonation and a dry finish. I really look forward to trying more from Jester King. I heard about them when their brewery was just a concrete foundation so itís cool to finally drink their beer. This one is highly recommended.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, drank from a tulip... Pours a medium brown with lots of amber, fairly clear. An off white head, ok retention and lacing, good for a growler... The aroma is a dead on rye ipa, rye backbone with a hint of spice, hops on the back. Interesting combo, decent enough, not blown away though... The taste is more the nose but doesnít come across as nicely, just not feeling it. The rye is a bit too much, the hops show off but in a weird fashion. Easy enough to drink, but I wouldnít track this down again.
dyetube (1146) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from whole foods Allen. This beer pours a deep brown with a medium off white head. The aromas are
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated twice. Once on tap at the Holy Grail and once from a bottle. Decent off white foam head, copper colored, clearish. The smell is tropical fruits, some rye, more rye coming through in the draft version, pine, and citrus fruits. The taste is caramel, fruits, pine, hops, rye, and ok.
Fratto (2443) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Black Sheep. Light brown pour with a white head. Aroma is yellow Pez, fruit, sweet, and a little spice. Taste is lots of spice, a little more fruit, and a big bready finish.
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Flying Saucer, Houston: .. . Dark brown gold .. awesome head .. good dose of bitterness, wood, sap and pine needles .. . pretty clean .. . a great beer for such a young brewery, a hardcore IPA .. . why was the cook arrested? he was beating an egg ..
Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap - Holy Grail Pub.
Deep amber pour with a nice white head. Pine hop and biscuit malt aromas with some rye spicyness as well. More of the same flavors - the rye really stands out. Definitely interesting.
carboloader (639) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Petrol Station in Houston a few weeks ago. (Iím catching up on ratings/notes). Pours a beautiful amber with a decent head. Perhaps my palate was wrecked from all the ruinations and other IPAs, but this interesting offering brewed in nearby Austin, TX filled my mouth with flavors and aromas of juniper and sagebrush along with the expected pine and citrus. I havenít had many rye ales, and frankly, had I not known it from the name, would have missed the rye flavors altogether probably. It is quite decent, drinkable, even sessionable. A nice surprise from a local up-and-comer in this area.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Consumed at last: on draft, the dark amber pour comes with an off-white head and lacing that linger throughout the pint. You can absorb the grapefruit aroma in the nose as well as in the upfront taste, along with pine and caramel. This is quite a complex beer and the rye base makes for an interesting (and tasty) layer. Yet thereís sufficient hoppiness running from front to back. My co-pilot felt as though the IPA faded badly in the backstretch but I think that the good tastes lasted throughout. This is a superb IPA without turbocharging the hops.