Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: I just love Laughing Dog beers. This one was very nice. Great balance and a wonderful transition from sweet to bitter. The rye rally helped to balance thing out. It made it smooth and easy to drink. There was more ry in the flavor than in the aroma.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, light, golden orange with and average to large, off white head that mostly diminished and left thick, excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel; moderate to heavy citrus, tropical fruit and resin hops; lighter pine hops and slight rye. The initial flavor was moderate to rather sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was rather sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. There was caramel malt, citrus (grapefruit) hops; pine hops, orange, spicy rye, sort of a honey or nectar taste, tropical fruit, lots of fruity hops and more specifically pineapple. The medium body was syrupy, but a little oily and then fairly dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a dry and ever so slightly alcoholic finish.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Scent is piney then warms to citrus and bread. Taste is citrus and rye. Nice
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not that pretty, but makes for one helluva rye beer. The rye makes its presence known immediately upon the nose, giving the aroma a citric tang that pairs well with the malt graininess. And, as big as the rye is in the smell, it comes through even more in the flavor. This beer rye-punches your uvula into submission, only then allowing the bitter, piney, citric hops to do their thing. The finish feels light; more carbonation would hide the watery texture. Still, this makes for a tasty bottle, rye done right.
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Total Wine. Dark gold red pour with a thick white head. Nose has some citrus hop notes, caramel and spicy rye. Expecting more of a hop nose, maybe an old bottle? Taste is smooth malt, citrus hops and a bit of spice poking through, all balanced very well to make this an overall easy drink. Would love a fresher bottle.
zizzybalubba (1812) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours yellowish-orange with a fizzy white head. Aroma of piney, grassy, and spicy hops with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Very present hop flavor of fresh roses and pine needles with an equally present malt backbone. If there’s one complaint for me it’s too balanced. Still, this is an above average IPA.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark yellow with a foamy white head. Grain citrus caramel and light grassy hops aroma and taste. Smooth mouth feel and a clean crisp finish with perfume hops on the back end.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Bomber, randomly found. Opaque orange pour with big eggshell colored head. Aroma of rye, toasted and cereal malts, tropical fruit and melon. There is some bread and a bit of herbs. Flavor is spicy, apparent rye and fruit notes. Medium bitterness. Hop flavor is centered around the pine and resiny hop notes. Medium bodied. Pretty nice drink. Finishes nice and dry. Overall, a pretty good beer.
hopdog (11593) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a deeper murky/muddy, golden color with an averaged sized, frothy head.Aromas of toasted grains, rye, and some citrus. Tastes of floral hops, toasted bread, rye, and some rinds. Rye and hoppiness on the softer side.
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of the amazing ksurkin! Bomber pours clear copper with gold edges and light tan head. The aroma has an odd mix of caramel malts, spicy hops, tart tropical fruit notes and a certain herbal like sensation. The taste is full of spicy hops where some of this must be from the rye. The spiciness runs from a nice flavor note to more and more bitterness heading into the finish. It gets a bit caramel too from time to time.
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
stupid label. gushing bottle. hazy golden wheat colored body, tall foamy white head. ester-heavy nose of dried fruit, bubble gum and maraschino cherry. medium body, quickly drying and bittering across the tongue. sugar content seems medium-low, hop acid medium to heavy. thinning finish and buzzing hop finish. the rye doesn’t exact stick out against the snappy hops, perhaps there’s just a hint to notice.