Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clearish or barely hazed light amber coloured. Faint white head. Kinda mineral, earthy, not very clean nose. Rather chaotic ringwood display present a more than heavily attenuated final product with the typical butteriness to match. The result lends a rather oily texture to the already lazy malts and unfortunately, the hops donít manage to shine on their own, being of one (or several) of these weird varietals that provide lots of bitterness, but barely dry earthiness and siding citrusy notes that fail to gain the necessary confidence. At the same time, the mouthfeel is rather thin for its weight, with unstable carbonation.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours orange gold with a decent size off-white head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and slight fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet upfront, floral, citrus, and bitter hops through out this brew.
Ron (2182) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One bottle. Poured a hazy amber color with a medium sized white head. Hoppy aroma that was citrusy and fruity. Sweet fruity malt underneath. Alittle too hoppy for my taste. Finish is long and dry.
bubbleflubber (1633) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2006 This is interesting for a IIPA. It pours an orange-amber into the glass, with a thick, frothy 2-finger head that leaves rather heavy soapy lace. Somewhat indicative of an IPA, there is quite a bit of pine to the nose. It lends a wintery cleanness to the bouquet. There is a lot of pine initially, but the "extra malty" contingency is missing from a traditional IIPA. I miss any real malt, grapefruit, caramel or anything that lends itself to an impy version of the style. However, it seems deeply hopped, but is unbalanced by an acrid, oversalted biscuit malt that makes its way unkindly into the finish. This is weird... itís a trait that Magic Hat has for several of its brews... It just depends upon the strength of it. This definitely has an Imperial Acridity to it.... a dry salt lick abrasive finish... unwelcome. The palate, to be fair, is round enough, but is completely overshadowed by the lingering aftertaste. Again, initially I like the forefront of the pull, but I canít say that the end is something thatís either acceptable, or something I can easily ignore.
swoopjones (4885) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Coles, Buffalo, NY. One of the 1st Magic Hat beers that I found really enjoyable. Piney hop flavor with oaky aroma. Not up to par with west coast or better East coast IPAís but one of their better offerings
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appears a transparent orange toned amber with a small, velvet, white head. The head never really fades out. Plenty of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of a bubble gum-like sugar, light wheat, sweet, & citrusy hops.
Taste is of earthy, mild citrus, fruity, with light caramel, and corn syrup.
Mouthfeel is of yeasty, earthy, and sligtly spiced hops.
Overall, itís just not too complex and it comes accross as being a bit dull.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Any first impressions?
-Yellow clarity is topped by creamy foam development.
-Citrusy hoppiness, spoiled hay, and sand join in a puzzling aroma which foretells dryness.
-Orange juice dripping on a haystack, generously salted; a curious flavor profile for a double IPA.
-The smooth carbonation exposes the thinnish mouthfeel.
What if you dig deeper?
-There is a touch of butterscotch in the nose.
-The important hop bitterness and dryness evokes sandpaper, or cat litter box (Simcoe hops?).
-The feeble maltiness is disappointing.
-This is a fine beer for a hop kick, but I canít say I find the recipe all that pleasant.
Bottle; no date.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138. Poured a deep golden color with an small sized off white head. Aromas of bubblegum, pine, caramel, and citrus. The bubblegum was strong and kind of drowned out the other aromas. Tastes of pine, caramel, and citrus. Grapefruit bitter finish.
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark golden color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, light citrus, caramel malts, some nuts, and bubblegum. Taste of more caramel malts, with pine, citrus fruits, and a bitter grapefruit finish.
TomDecapolis (4331) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks to weeare138. Pours a lightly hazy golden orange with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of citrus, sweat malts, bready, bubblegum and hints of caramel. Flavor was lightly bitter, pine and grapfruits along with some caramel malts. A bit thin.