prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a big beer. Drank on tap (unfortunately, not hand pulled) in West Bend. BIG hop aroma, BIG hop flavor with almost no malt flavor. Almost too hoppy, and syrupy as well. What saves it is the sheer audacity of LK brewing a big tasting IIPA like this. As someone else said, itíd do very well in a blind test. Definitely not like other Leinieís beers. And that can be a good thing.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on cask at Great Dane-Hillsdale. pours copper with white head. nose is hoppy but cask dulls this. tropical fruit notes in the nose. flavor fruity hop notes, piney and grapefruit, some sweet alcohol in there too. this just isnít bitter enough and the alcohol is pretty sweet. just not a big enough malt backbone and the hops are more flabby. not balanced well. i think this could be better on draft.
holdenn (2062) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Great Dane-Hillsdale. We were surprised when we arrived after Capital that Great Dane couldnít serve their own beers. Crazy Wisconsin laws. But we were over it pretty quick when we saw they had this on tap. As devon said, at least 15 minutes for them to hand pull our pitcher. Pours a clear orange with a beige head. Carmel malt backbone in the nose with lots of tropical fruit on top, pineapple passionfruit. nice. Medium to full creamy body. The flavor is similar to the aroma, sweet creamy carmel with tropical notes all over it, orange citrus, and bubblegum. Balanced with a piney bitterness. Finishes with a sweet carmel and pine flavors. Well done miller, ha ha, who says that?
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask at Great Dane-Hilldale. It took atleast 5 min just to pump my glass and atleast 15 for the pitcher that the rest of the guys ordered. But it was certainly worth it. Dark brown with creamt off-white head. Nice citrus, piney hop aroma, med sweet malt, very substantial nose overall, one of those come drink me beers. Oh this beer tastes real good, lots of orange, bubblegum, white winey, very sweet, I agree with Johnís statement of lots of "blossoms and petals". At first I thought that the body was a little thin for the style but as I drank it, it became appropiate. Overall a great beer from LK, lets hope for some more.
jglazer75 (11) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Great Dane at Hilldale. Perhaps one of the most unbalanced IIPAs out there. It is ALL hops and very little malt background. Plays to the worst of the American IPA tendencies by going over the top on Cascade hops and providing insufficient malt to ground it.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Great Dane, Hilldale (5/25). Reminded me quite a bit of Tyranena Hop Whore. Pours a golden orange with notes of mango, lemongrass, and citrus hops on the nose. Leads into more of the same on the palate, with a powerful hop finish. Itís well crafted, but not overwhelming compared to some of the great IIPAs. Slightly thin of palate, and lacking the complexity of something like Dreadnaught.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Landmark 1850, across the highway from Mitchell Int. Airport in Milwaukee. Pours a thick hazy coppery amber brew with a lumpy white head. Aroma of strong grapefruit hops, barley malt, caramel, and citrus zest. Taste is thick and syrupy with some light alcohol and pine spice. Finish is grapefruit bitter that lingers around a little bit. Leinenkugel has really done great on this craft beer and hope to see this come out as a regular beer.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Skyview for sharing this very rare, and very good beer. It has a powerful aroma of hops with citrus and herbs. one of the most intense hop aromas I have had in any beer. Fruity, inclduing peaches and lemon, more citrus, in the flavor. But there is also a body of sweet malt. Very well balanced. Thick on the palate. I expected a beer good for Leinenkugels; but this is good by any measure.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Skyview for sharing his growler. A spectacular floral/citrus hop nose on this dark orange beer. Bitter hop taste.
thebaldwizard (1204) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really think this would kick some ass in a blind tasting, as some might be inclined to hold the fact that itís from Leinenkugels against the brew. Growler shared by OhioDad. Sweet caramel aroma with nice hops scents--grapefruit being the dominant aroma. Medium brown body. Medium to full palate. The taste is a fantastic mix of citrus flavors, bitterness, and malts. This is outrageously easy to drink and very, very refreshing. I hope they start bottling this stuff now!