after4ever (6500) - 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.
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.
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!
Suttree (5388) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown to Orange color, with a reasonable tan head. Of course, huge hops flavor - resiny, pine flavor in the hops, sturdy malt gives some weight to the palate. Elysian is going to brew Bottleworks V next year, FYI.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 GABF ’03. (Rating Fourth Anniversary Ale). Nice amber color with thin head. Floral hoppy taste which was not hoppy or malty enough to make this anything above average.
IndianaRed (2726) - 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.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew pours with an orange body topped by a medium thick head with good lacing. The aroma is sweet, grapefruity and hoppy with notes of tropical fruits and a slight piney note. The flavor is sweet and piney with bitter hoppy notes and a little candy sugar. Medium to full bodied and dry.
skoisirius (1819) - 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!!!
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
trevor211 (1399) - 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.