beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear brown color with a thin beige head. Good aroma and flavor of hops, molasses and burnt caramel with a bitter finish. The body is light with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Not bad but I prefer their American IPA.
ElGaucho (2340) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GTM ’06 - Cask at Real Ale Tent. Sweet. Dark dishwater brown. Not all that attractive. Cork in the beer from the cask. Large bubble head. Oily, sweet. Not a double IPA.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at MBG fest ’06. Dark colored with moderate haze, muddled rocky head. Perhaps light citric hop aroma, some cocoa. Lighter bodied than expected, alcohol not picked up at all. No real bitterness that kicks in and lacking in hop flavors. While it wasn’t a bad beer at all it just didn’t do it for me as an IIPA.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
GTMW 06. Cask. Darkish amber body with a small off-white head. The aroma is fresh hops, citrus, floral with a faint touch of alcohol. The flavor is bready and citrus. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Tawny body with a medium-sized creamy tan head. The aroma consists of toffee candy, sweet caramel, sharp grass and pine. The caramel sweetness in the flavour is quite pleasant and there are some mild chocolate notes. Certainly not a typical Imperial IPA. Very smooth and there is no apparent alcohol. Chewy hops that are flavourful but not in your face bitter.
Brigadier (3410) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great Taste of the Midwest
My first cask ale - and I wish I would have visited that Real Ale tent more
often. If this is a representative sample, it transforms the beer into
something completely different yet still the same. I hope they revive it
for next year.
Aroma / Appearance - Grass, lemon, lime, cinnamon and cloves round out
an interesting nose. It was more muted that I was expecting; I think this
was the effect of the cask on the beer. Still very inviting, it was very
transparent with a bronze tinge.
Flavor / Palate - The hops are obvious but subdued. It was strange -
I was expecting them to attack me but they were much smoother than
anticipated. There was also hints of sugar cane, molasses, grass, honeydew
melons and a woody creaminess. Overall it was a nice suprise. Having missed
out on all the other cask ales offered throughout the day, I’ve got nothing
to compare it to but that will change next year.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the real ale tent at the GTMW 2006. The beer pours to a murky brown/garnet body with a very thin whispy head. The aroma is hugely grassy, juicy hops, grapefruit. The flavor is grassy, juicy hops, grapefruit, light onion. Nice palate, bitter, sweet, flat. Great stuff.