dmac (3901) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bobmer from Spirits Crossroads. Poured a clear deep honey amber/brown body with an average sized frothy off white head. Aroma of dry toast, rotting orange, dry maple syrup, touch of dried out brown sugar. Palate is full with rather strong carbonation and an odd not too pleasant aftertaste. Flavor of soap, rotting citrus, earth. BLAH.
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Luckyís in Dayton. Clear dark amber color with a medium thin fluffy off-white head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, malt and fruit. Medium-bodied with flavors of earthy hops, malt and citrus. The finish is mildly bitter with a grassy hops aftertaste. Decent overall.
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dryness, tannic slihhtly . Pine and citrus. Moderately sweet, bitterness ramps.up slightly as it warms. Not terrible.
mixmasterob (882) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber pour with a fluffy white head. Aroma had heavy notes of caramel, vanilla, earthy hops, somewhat vegetal and herbal. Flavors were mostly woody, sweet caramel, earthy bitter hops with a slight citrusy fruit character. Perfect carbonation, medium bodied. Almost nutty in the finish with a nice well rounded wood character. This grew on me as I got through it. Nice.
SSSteve (3733) - - AUG 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear amber with stable, fluffy,cream colored head. Citrus and tropical hop aroma. Earthy, toasted malts and juicy citrus hops flavor. A bit of black tea. Medium body.
arminjewell (6069) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of oak, lemon, lots of orange, caramel, and toffee, hints of earth, slight spice and grass. Taste is a mix of earth, caramel, mixing into toffee, slight biscuit, hints of oak, caramel, orange in the end, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter. Not bad.
Ratman197 (9506) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber poured a clear amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, orange zest, grapefruit zest, light spice and light wood. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, earthiness, orange zest and light spice with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering earthy finish.
drjay44 (2578) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
651 ml. bottle. BBD 10/20/13. Pours a medium white head with moderate lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 15) body......nose is pine, resin, dust, citrus, sweat.....taste is pine, resin, light orange, hints of toffee/caramel, leading to a light pine, citrus bitter finish....mouth feel almost watery, light astringency, carbonation low, with light acid finish. This is a very light take on an IPA and is more nearly a light APA in several ways. The simple malt back bone is almost hidden and the hops, while American, are used with a light hand in a uncomplex way. Finally the mouth feel is much too watery for an IPA. It does make a pretty pour. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6
Ernest (6149) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of orange juice, maybe a note of wood?
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
What a goofy beer, apparently being brewed by a bunch of breweries nationwide. From the atrocious, dopey label art to the whole "maple bats" thing, itís hard to take the beer seriously. The orange adjuncts mostly blend in with the resin-grapefruit hop odor...so all in all, it seems like a fairly ordinary, simple IPA with maybe a little splash of orange juice. Every once in awhile I think I catch a whiff of raw wood, but itís hard to be sure. I guess I can appreciate "beer for a cause", but why is it almost always silly novelty beer that I would never want to buy again?