MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at MI brewer’s guild fest winter-06- Dark copper pour leaving behind an off white, thick anf foamy cap. Huge resin pine aromas pack a punch and deliver. Lots of hops here ladies and gents! Also in the mix is a very profound grapefruit jiuce aroma, literally this stuff smells like grapefruit jiuce, so cool. Big hop bite in the mouth, pine cones, earthy bitterness, with bread and citrus rind. FInish is strong, varnish is the word I wrote down, but not in a bad way. This stuff kicked my ass.
mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draught. orange-copper with a small soapy white head. lovely aroma! sweet caramel notes, bread, and plenty of orange hops. solid balanced body. not overwhelmingly hoppy but there is a definite chewy orange characteristic with an underlying bread flavour.
Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Big citrus hop aroma with some light apricot. Transparent orangish-amber with a soapy off-white head. Sweet apricot up front with a moderate citrus hop finish. Rather basic IIPA and not as big and bold as I prefer them to be.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a growler at the Milwaukee YEHa!05 courtesy of BBB63: Pours a dark amber orange with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Gritty, sweet caramel sugar and nicely-balanced fresh citrus and piney hops dominate the aroma. Dry, lightly earthy and toasted bittersweet flavor. Finishes dry and sticky with some lingering pine and grapefruit. Could really use some more malt and bittering hops to be more true to style, but still a decent brew.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy brown-red body. Green apple, grapefruit, pale malt in teh aroma. Pale caramel flavor with strong grapefruit skin. Strong hops but that’s about it.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to BBB63 for sharing this: (From a growler) Pours a dark murky amber, small white head. Aroma is full of fresh hops, all the usual good stuff. Flavor is smooth with a nice sweet malt backing to it. Hops definitely stand out nicely.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 certainly has not holds barred at the Tosa Yeha. He brought enough growlers and bottles for the whole group! Lightly hazed dark amber color with a moderate but stable off white head. Hugh fresh hops aromas, with grapefruit and fresh cut flowers. Mild malt and light fruit in the backdrop. Seems somewhat thin for all the malt and flavors present. Mild caramel and a rather sharp hops bite in the finish. Another in a full line of IIPAs that I enjoyed smelling, but was slightly let down in the flavor.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Milwaukee YEHa!05, brought via growler by BBB63. Orange-brown body, hazy, with a thin beige head. Plenty of citrus (grapefruit) in the aroma, sweet, with caramels and pine. Big perfumey bitter hops flavor, very tea-like with a hint of lemon and other citrus fruits. Before reading this uses Amarillo hops I was thinking more along the lines of the European varieties...ehh, oh well. Too bitter and piercing for my palate, but the malt sweetness did balance that out, if only slightly.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely, unfiltered orangish-copper with minimal dusty jet streams serving as the head. Buoyant hard hitting aroma consisting of grapefruit pulp and papaya party, as bitters dance in the nose. Pulsating, sinus elixirs. It’s not the alcohol content - it’s just sharp. Ambitious bitterness takes an ice rake to the tongue’s top layer. Atypical malt assembly imparts corn husks and cream cheese danishes, which definitely play their part in the balance arena. Caramel substantiations and a buttery Werthers Original define a portion of the palate presence. Somewhat lucid and lucrative, but the bitters throw an after party once the clean, spicy renegade drops down the throat. Thanks for bringing the growler, BBB63!
hezron (606) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from BBB63, thanks for sharing Mike. Piney hop aroma with a huge malty base that has lots of buttery caramel. Very malty aroma. Cloudy dark copper color with a thin white head. Very nice and balanced flavor with bright grapefruit and pine flavors with a wonderful brown sugar and caramel weizen type finish. Leaves a dry, bitter feeling in your mouth. This is delightful.