BOLTZ7555 (2710) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright 24 karat pour with a small ivory head. Lots of Ponderosa and spruce in this one along with citrus pith...unfortunately, there is an overwhelming fruitiness that seems significantly forward and out of balance. Just not a fan of this one.
RedSox2004 (1139) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear gold with a bright white head and nice lacing. Holy smokes! what a strong citrus hop bomb! But clean and crisp and not fabricated, just solid over-the-top hoppiness. Very well done.
Cavie (3672) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma is super sticky fresh hops. Pine, resin, sap, you name it! Flavor has a very dry Christmas tree taste with a finish that goes all the way. Crazy.
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Extremely piney aroma! Pours golden blonde with a thin white head. Resinous hops overflowing in the flavor, sticky pine notes with lots of citrus, the ’cereal medley’ is lost under the hops but its freaking good. Deep down I’m still a hop-head.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottled November 4, 2011. Served at around 45F.
Pours golden amber with a two finger white head that leaves nice sticky rings of lacing and holds a small cap.
Aroma is orange, pineapple, some grapefruit, floral hops, some marijuana and bready malt, bit of fruitiness, hint of onion (Summit?). Very good strength.
Flavor is resinous hops, orange citrus, some pineapple, banana, bit of grapefruit, caramel and bready malt, hint of spice and onions, a touch of alcohol, finishes with good bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, good carbonation.
Pretty good stuff...nice aroma, kinda comes across as a rye and/or danker version of their Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’. Definitely a far cry from Brown Shugga, but a worthwhile replacement brew for this winter.
after4ever (5935) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz. Pours a crystal-clear medium gold with a loose white head. Big sharp pithy nose of citrus rind, like fresh grapefruit peel on the table. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Very effervescent body compared to the amount of residual sugar and malt heaviness I might have thought it’d push across--it’s actually very clean and light, almost lagered in a sense. There’s a sweetness and a spiciness there, a caramel and a pepper, maybe. Definitely not the caramelization you might expect in a holiday beer. They’re not kidding mentioning the boil times on this one. It’s rich and flavorful and definitely not a light summery beer, despite the nimbleness of the body. But it’s exceptionally delicate for a winter beer. It’s an interesting choice for the holidays, and their positioning of it so self-deprecatingly is actually most becoming, because this beer really is good. This is a good sloshy football-marathon beer, ready to pound you into the couch at almost 8%. Probably going to have to get a few more of these for further research.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Awesome IPA’ish brew. Smells piney, hoppy, and a little spicy sweet. Taste is pretty much the same. Lots of fresh hops, a good sweetness with some mystery spicy flavors in there, and a clean, dry finish. Very good beer... and somehow perfectly wintery.
thicksuds (387) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid beer, nothing like a holiday ale, more like a light IPA, very hoppy, and lemony, very bitter and dry. A cross between an IPA and pils, very good.
mansquito (3114) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whole Foods, P St, DC sixer ($11): Pours a golden color with a white head. Aroma is of resinous, citrusy hops, with a slight malt backbone. So let me start this off by saying that this tastes pretty much like a Lagunitas. To me Lagunitas is like the Grateful Dead; it is unmistakable. The moment you take a sip you know it is a Lagunitas and this is no exception. Moderately hoppy, with a nice and subtle malt mixture made up in there. Absurdly easy drinking for the high alcohol content. Leaves a kind of sticky mouthfeel at the end, which is a surprise because you don’t really get this in the texture. Excellent.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Map Room for their 19th anniversary. Pours a mostly clear, golden-orange colored body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy with a good amount of somewhat sweet oranges and grapefruits with an underlying resin. A bigger caramel backing with some bread as well as a light tropical fruitiness. Flavor is similar. Lots of juicy orange and grapefruit citruses up front with a nice pine that has a light resin as well as a few tropical fruit florals. Caramel with a light bread balances the hops well while still allowing the big, somewhat sweet and juicy hops to shine. Finishes dry with some sweetness and a moderate, piney, juicy citrus bitterness that leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid beer. Well hopped with lots of orange and grapefruit citrus pines that give off a bit of a juicy, resiny, sweetness. The caramel is somewhat biscuity and balances well while allowing the hops to shine. Good beer.