Ernest (6216) - 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?
arminjewell (6173) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - Abercorn St - 22 oz . Medium copper pour, light off-white bubbly head. Standard IPA aroma, hints of spruce and spearmint. Standard IPA flavor, with a solid citrus bitter backbone, some nice caramel maltiness, a hint of maple syrup sweetness. Mouthfeel has a decent thickness to it. A bargain at $4.29 for a bomber.
alexsdad06 (5408) - Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Big Beers and barley wines. Pours a clear amber /copper color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malt, orange citrus, resin, very mild spices, with a moderate bitterness. Not much of the wood character. Worth trying once.
Suttree (5141) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
SO, I saw this and thought "Didnít Cigar CIty do this exact same beer?", then I saw that this is in fact some sort of collaboration deal and a lot of breweries are are doing the same beer. Got it. Anyway, not a bad IPA, but not a whole lot of spice or maple character.
EithCubes (4885) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, best by 09/09/14, very cool idea. Nose is heavy orange, zest and rind, with heavy grapefruit and light tropical leanings, lightly dank, some paper and scratchier resins. Weak caramel malt anticipated, but juicy hops. Pours deep but clear orange-red with a dense and creamy beige head. Taste is strongly bitter but not excessive, semi-dry (which is to say semi-sweet) with all of the he above flavors and some doughier edges. Good wood and medium spice from the hops, clean yeast and a touch of soapy cleansing, very fresh and citric with only an average malt background. No alcohol showing, but the mouthfeel is very heavy and wears a bit, medium body otherwise bright, fresh, and clean. Really punches through!
mar (4842) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Deep amber pour with a cream head. Nose is light citrus, fresh hops, earth, and florals. Easy palate, not overly hopped, bitter, chewy, fruity finish.
dmac (4004) - 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.
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The look is amber in color, off white head, and a clear look. The smell is fruits, hops, grass, resin, and caramel. The taste is hoppy, good bitterness, fruit, hops, and grassy.
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 10/18/13
Aroma: The nose is citrus fruit (orange/grapefruit), lightly toasted malts, and a little caramel
Appearance: It pours a clear copper color with a small beige head and some sticky lace
Flavor: The taste is lightly sweet, a little toasty, with some medium hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a decent mouthfeel, and a clean, slightly dry finish
Beer with a cause is good with me. This one is okay, but it isnít anything special. Itís certainly drinkable, but it probably isnít so memorable. Hey, at least it is for a good cause.