tricyclist (520) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half snifter pour of rich gold with a light white head. Nose is fairly simcoe hops with some sweetness of citrus notes. Flavors include moderate hop without being too bitter. Plenty of pine comes through with a little citrus, mostly grapefruit and lemon peel. As it opens, a spicy yeast is definitely present. Not a bad ale, but I may have wanted a little more bitterness.
superspak (2112) - Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, Winter Solstice 2012 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, mango, banana, clove, bubblegum, pepper, pine, honey, herbal, and floral hop earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop and yeast ester notes. Taste of tangerine, orange zest, pineapple, mango, banana, clove, bubblegum, pepper, honey, floral, and herbal earthiness. Light peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical fruit, banana, clove, bubblegum, pepper, honey, floral, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop and yeast esters; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Belgian DIPA! Great balance and complexity of hop and yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for 11.25%. An extremely enjoyable offering.
DrSilverworm (4720) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, huge thanks to umich03jm. Great piney nose. Mostly clear golden - orange color. Good thin off-white head. Good lace. Big body. Smooth texture, very smooth. Lighter carbonaton. More dry texture. Incredible piney hop aroma, and flavor. Big belgian yeast characteristic gives an interesting sort of vanilla flavor. Works well with the piney hop, which is fascinating. Very unique, never had anything like it. It’s also extremely drinkable for 11.25%. Dangerously. Alcohol warmth is there in the finish, but no bite, at all. Very smooth. Sweet taste otherwise, little bite if any at all. Awesome. With this being my 2nd ever Kuhnhenn brew, officially now ISO all other unrated.
mcberko (5197) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a hazy amber orange with a small white head. Aroma is very Belgian-esque, with Belgian yeast upfront, candied sugar, and fairly prominent honey. Flavour brings a mesh of honey, candied sugar and Belgian yeast upfront, with all these qualities fighting each other for the front position. There is a soft doughy malt in there as well and some alcohol notes, though quite well-hidden for 11+%. Not really much hint of the hops. A little amateurish tasting - the various flavours could be better integrated. All in all, still a decent American take on a Belgian strong, but flawed.
Advocate_Ames (361) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2013 2012 bottle. Drink cold. There is a nice lacing of foam in my glass. The scent is rather nice and inviting with a subtle spice aroma. I picked up on the hops, mango, and pineapple. The fruit and hops stand out the most. It describes to have a bubblegum scent on the bottle and the drink does surprisingly. As for the flavor I noticed sweet yeast, tasty fruits of mango and pineapple, hops, and very minimal malts. This drink is not too harsh on the palate for its 11% abv. It left a hint of a dryness, yeast, pineapple, and a slight alcohol taste in the mouth. Overall a very well done beverage.
Sammy (8022) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big orange citrus taste up front. Very good orange aroma. Cushioned mouthfeel. Yeast in the finish. Very good for style. Could also pass as a Belgian IPA. Dangerously drinkable at this alcohol level.Thanks for sharing Josh.
solidfunk (2780) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautifully zesty. Pours orange copper, not much head. Some lacing, medium carbonation. Medium consistency. Some citrus, floral hops. Tangy taste with sweetness and some sourness. Well-balanced with a great punch. Bottle from brewpub.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean for the opportunity! To be completely honest the aroma smells painful, a bedraggled mix of stressed Belgian yeast, raw pink bubblegum, and slightly old hops. The palate of the beer cleans things up ever so slightly, but holding onto the bubblegum yeast stress. The sugars crank up, giving a crystalline punch to the front of the tongue. I think a whole one of these would cause a lot of pain in the morning, with a lot of sugar, a lot of alcohol, and a boatload of messy phenols. The obviously stressed and freaked out Belgian yeast byproducts are really tough to handle. Did it ferment at 102F? Otherwise, for the gravity, it really isn’t too sweet.
umich03jm (1484) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2013 Bottle from Winter Solstice. Pours a mostly clear bright orange color with a hint of ruby. Very small head that quickly fades. Big aroma of bubblegum, pine, sweet honey, and citrus. Taste is a somewhat odd mix of bubblegum, honey and pine. A tad on the sweet side, I think there’s too much honey added here and it doesn’t complement the pine hops well. Finish has a lingering bubblegum taste. Very slight alcohol burn is nice for this abv. Decent but I prefer the regular Simcoe Silly.
b3shine (4161) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks mikem409). Looks solid; a transparent burnt-orange with white lacing. Smells of floral and pine hops and dough with a semi-sweet, slightly boozy backbone. Notes of honey too. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A decent example of the style.