BOLTZ7555 (2799) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excited to see this back on the shelf! Crystal-clear, 24 karat pour that illuminates the glass and is topped by a silky ivory cap. Nice ringlets line the glass after every sip. Aggressive grapefruit pith, orangepeel, and lemon zest are partnered with bright evergreen. A hint of noticeable alcohol but clean. Leaves a lasting impression of bitterness that hangs on the palate. Good.
HonkeyBra (3381) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I feel like I know this beer before I even open it. Leinenkugel’s has fooled a lot of people. It amazes me that so many people think Summer Shandy is a beer rather than an alki-pop. And, it further amazes me how many people think the beers in the Big Eddy series are anything but mediocre. It pours a dark caramel-amber. Thick white head. Aroma of medium floral and pine notes. Detectable caramel and toffee as well. Flavor has a medium bitterness, strong astringency, toffee and caramel malt dominate. TOFFEE AND CARAMEL in a damn double IPA. It obviously muddies up the hops. I mean, what the hell am I drinking? Thin bodied, soft carbonation. I can’t get over how inappropriate the hop notes are for this beer. It kind of tastes like a heavy pale ale rather than a DIPA. I guess Leinenkugel’s gets the last laugh. They got my ten bucks for this four-pack.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
orange-amber in color, solid white head sits on top. aroma is malty and earthy hops. flavor is malt forward but does have a nice hop profile. very lingering bitter finish. solid effort from the Leinie folks.
JPDurden24 (1579) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper pour, malty and citrusy on the nose...and lots of caramel malts on the taste with some residual hoppiness. Not enough citrus or hoppiness, but still pretty tasty.
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
What a disappointment. Had done interesting for aromas and taste initially like pineapple and citrus, but the alcohol and malt just make this beer drag across the tongue. No thanks.
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange amber with a steady white head. Lots of malt upfront with some orange, grapefruit, and pine on the back end. Drinkable, balanced flavor with a dirty bitter finish.
arkurzynski (1520) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber orange. Nice, big pine and tropical fruit hop nose. Clean toasted malt, caramel and biscuit with grapefruit/tropical fruit bitterness. Finishes with the perfect malt/hop balance. Lighter than anticipated, but highly drinkable.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big eddy! Wonderful grapefruit aroma and bitter flavor. Hadit pretty cold so the big malty dipa flavor didnt hit me but I know its there. I prefer this coldice cold.
emacgee (4025) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very sharp and clean ruby amber with one finger of sandy tan head. Wonderful nose, like candied citrus and peaches. Citrusy and floral with some caramel malt notes. Flavor shows a lot of citrus rind and candy notes. Medium to full bodied with a moderate hop bite and piney finish. Some resin in the flavor.
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apricot colored pour, mostly a white head. Sticky malts and citrus hops blend together nicely in the nose. Flavor is sticky and a bit more malt that I would have liked/expected. Still a pretty good example of the style.