clueo (149) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a perfect amber color with a small head. The nose is sweet hops and the taste follows the smell. A very smooth beer. You cannot tell from the taste that the ABV is 9.75%.
Crash_the_dog (148) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great looking beer with thick lacing. The nose is nice, though a bit astringent. Early tastes in the pour are nicely balanced, with an astute hops note. As the head dissipates, the malty flavors begin to become more pronounced.
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joechristenson (146) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Happy Gnome in Saint Paul, MN. This beer is a pretty straightforward amber with a small beige head. Aroma is funky and earthy -- lots of bitter basement smells. Red fruits -- maybe some strawberries and raspberries -- come through, as well as some musky apples. Taste is earthy basement hops (resin and grassy). Malts are more difficult to suss out -- some breadiness comes through but it’s not much. Medium sourness and a light sweetness are apparent, but the finish is really bitter and lasts for ages. This beer was an experience -- highly recommended.
hoju777 (145) - FRANCE - APR 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
6 pack from Ralphs. Smells ok. Copperish color. Tastes ok. Not really bitter. Thick and smooth and creamy and kind of icky. Real think and smooth so it covers almost all the alcohol. It’s ok. It would be a really good Belgium beer.
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Top notch strong ale. Reminds me of an IPA with the bold fruity aromatic hops, but has a strong malt backbone to go with it. Pours a bronze color with a nice white head that quickly dissipates leaving moderate lacing. Lots of hops on the nose that translate into lots of grapefruit, bread, stone fruit, malt, toffee and spice on the tongue. It’s very strong at 9.75% abv, but even though it warms the back of your throat, it doesn’t taste too boozy. All-in-all and excellent ale that is worth drinking over and over.
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Fruity and candy nose. Amber color. Sweet on the front with lots of subtle candy flavors. Some hops on the finish.
Michbeerlover (140) - - MAY 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orangish red pour with a 1/2 finger white head. Aroma of candied hops. Not much flavor going on. I would say there is a slight sweet cough syrup taste. Reminds me a bit of Double Bastard. Not one I would buy again....
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oddaroma (139) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mix rich caramel with a beach sunrise and you might get close to the perfect color of this brew. Heavy malt with bitter hops make for an out of control block party in your pie hole. Strong alkie finish is equivalent to the "watch your head" shove from the arresting officer. Well done Petaluma.
Strife21 (139) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark copper with nice white head. Smell is hops, citrus, sugar and malt. Taste is sweet and hoppy at first then backed my a solid malt finish. Medium body, medium carbonation.
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a tulip glass. Thin white head and a caramel-brown color. Very clear. A good mix of piney/resiny and citrus hops on the nose, as well as some molasses.Flavors of citrus, butterscotch, sea salt and brown sugar. Not my favorite style, but this is a pretty interesting take. Different from the sugary-sweet or hop-bomb examples I’ve tried before.