after4ever (6688) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22. Thanks, Riverside! Wow, what an unexpected delight to see emerge from the Bottleworks cellars.Crystal clear rubied amber. Nice loose creamy tan film with a little bit of body to it. Enormous orangey zesty nose, just a ton of life to the aromatics. Tangy caramel there as well. Creamy medium still body. Beautifully aged candied fruit hop combined with a slightly tanied malt base...what a beautiful pairing. Hops still show some fruit skin bitterness but none of that acetic lingering resin. So the sweetnesses really get a chance to work together, but in a subdued state so that neither is overpowering. Great, great beer after 6 years of mellowing.
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle that I picked up at the 10th anniversary release at Bottleworks last week. So this one has intrigued me for sometime and when I saw it on the shelf, I had to grab it. Holding the bottle up to the light, you can see a good amount of ’debris’ in the bottom from what used to be a whole hop that was placed in the bottle when it was bottled. Reading about others having gushers, I get this one colder than I normally would have and open it up over the sink ready to act fast...but this one opened with a slight hiss and absolutely tame. Pours a cloudy orange light mahogany color with zero head. I am wondering if this bottle may be bad. I raise this glass to my nose and immediately greeted by malty biscuit notes and hints of hop resin! I take a sip with a bit of trepidation. Pleasantly I am greeted with some light carbonation. Taste is semi sweet bready malt with some notes of orange zest and bittering hops on the back end. As this warms, the 9.6 does show up a little bit. Amazing how well this beer has held up and how it can still have such hop presence being 6 years old. Wish I would have gotten to try this one when it was fresh just to know how much it has really changed, but super impressed with how this beer tastes right now. Glad I picked this one up and it was a nice way to end my day.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a crazy bottle. Noted with a ’’DH’’ on the bottle cap. I’m guessing Dry Hopped. There is an entire hop cone in the bottle! The bottle gushed upon opening, but I salvaged what I could. This is an insanely hopped beer. The concept is pretty simple, with the entire hop cone in the bottle. But it seems nobody has thought or done this since. This bottle has aged a bit in the fridge and stll is as hoppy as hell. Absolutely amazing. I’m still stunned at the flavor and the concept.
trevor211 (1421) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bomber, and man, people aren’t kidding - this one sprayed all over. I’m really wishing I’d opened it over a bowl and saved all I lost - it ended up with somewhere around 14 oz left. One other thing - there isn’t a hop cone in the bottle. There are five or six hop cones in the bottle. Trevor (at Bottleworks) held it up to a light for me, and there was a good two centimeters of sediment at the bottom. Insane. Anyhow, once it calms down a bit, it pours a very murky orange amber with a small head. The nose hits you with a ton of hops, and an equally staggering malt contingent - the caramelly, syrupy malts that remind you of cap’n crunch when they’re mixed with stale hops. Very bitter aftertaste. Huge, huge flavor. Man, would I have loved to try this fresh. Quite an experience - this one really put a smile on my face, for the novelty if nothing else.
IndianaRed (2879) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Shared at the "Pitonka mini RB fest" Thanks Larry
Hazy medium amber solor with a gusher of a head. Lots of deep hops in the aroma and flavor. Strong but not sharp. Full malt flaros as well. Ballances and big.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber; thanks Alex!! Rosy brown with thin, soapy white head; syrupy and sweet with raw grainy candy malts; nose is rich and sugary and body is mostly flat and thin; remarkable tasty for the age IMO as it drinks strong, smooth and sugary sweet; very nice; thanks brah
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dry hopped bottle tasted at Pitonka’s tasting
Dry hops in the bottle and a gusher! Winner! Light dirty hazy amber, nice head, light lacing. Nose of dusty old hops yet it’s huge and oaky, the opposite of citrus and grassy. The flavor is nice and balanced, plenty of hops and maltiness. Very good (aged) IPA!
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (dry hopped): Cloudy dark straw, moderate sudsy white head, loads of hop petals floating about, spotty lacing. Huge, yet soft hop aroma. Floral, but not in the bitter sense. Moderate bitterness, floral, caramel, bloody tasty. Strong hop flavor at the finish, slight heat, but definitely easier than it was in March of 2003. Big body, moderate mouthfeel. Tangy finish, slight citrus, sweet, and nothing like the brash example it was earlier. Mellowed out very nicely. Simply enjoyable!   Glad I got this as a freebie from Kevin at Bottleworks.
skoisirius (1845) - Earth, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz gushing bottle into a 2 oz Snifter glass. We popped this one as a little inventory celebration. Upon uncapping this brew literally sprays EVERYWHERE! Quickly pouring it into the snifter reveals a gorgeous deep orange hazed color with golden notes when held up to light as you see hop chunks floating around in the brew. A very foamy white head sits up top and retains throughout the experience. A blast of Northwestern hops of all sorts comes through in the aroma: citrus, resin, pine, and more. It’s balanced with a light sweet malt characteristic as well. The flavor starts in with the sweet malt (as it should) and immediately is overtaken by all sorts of floral and citrusy hop madness. Very in your face, and a very resiny feel on the palate (along with chewing hop chunks, or catching them and spitting them out). A bit of carmalized malt is present throughout the body, but this one is straight hopped up to the core!! A beautiful bitter finish ends this guy with all sorts of hop flavors running over your palate. I never had this fresh, but I think it’s aged fantastically!!!
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Pitonka for sharing this one. Dry hopped bottle! Huge gushing beer! Heavy orange color, small white head. Aroma is huge resinous hops, citrus pine, the whole 9 yards. Flavor is more huge hop kicks, decent malt back to it. I would of loved to have this fresh.