superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2013. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness. Moderate earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, citrus, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, grass, pine, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy amber ale. All around great complexity and balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
nj_BierMaven (94) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy amber, bottle dated Aug10_2013, a little over 3 months recommended on the label. A little overcarbonated, thick head hangs on for many minutes, nice lacing. Powerful grapefruit, mild pine aroma. Bitter, bready almost flinty dryness, malts not too strong but enough there. Wonderful amber ale if you love hops.
Scipio (632) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear, darker amber with a medium, smooth looking, light beige head. The aroma is very pleasing, with pine and grapefruit being most noticeable, but not dominant. These impressions are together with floral and grassy hops, oranges, and berries. The taste is big on pine and grapefruit initially. Further into the sip, fruity elements are recognized. These include orange, pear, and apple. Hints of breadiness as well. Long aftertaste is piney with some fruitiness. Mild sweetness is found throughout. This one is medium in body more of a thick yet slick texture. More than average, lively carbonation. This is a very good beer. I saw this and the Old Tom for the first time in my part of the world. I’m really happy I picked them up, especially this one.
mike67 (724) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle. Pours hazy-amber with long lasting off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade, caramel and bready malt. Body is full and tangy. Citrusy hops dominate the palate while orange fruit, caramel and biscuit malt provide some balance. Finish is long, grapefruity. Amazingly delicious brew.
HonkeyBra (3063) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours a rich a rich reddish color with a big, thick, rocky off white head. Nice aroma focuses on cereal and toasted bread malts, as well as chocolate, and lots of piney and resinous hops. Flavor is fairly bitter with nice, sweet cake and chocolately malt backing. The bitter hop flavor is focused on grapefruit peel and pine notes. Medium bodied, slick texture, average carbonation. Finish is bitter and lingering. Overall, very nice.
ryecatcher (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint (+) sized bottle. Pours a hazy, deep amber, with a massive rocky off-white head with ridiculous retention and even more ridiculous lacing (like papier maché) nose is big fruity malt-hop combo: caramel, apricots, orange peel, grass, honey. Mouth is drier than nose suggests with a lot of the orange/grass/caramel/apricot combo detected in the nose. Medium bodied, malt and hops balanced nicely, some oak/ash at the finish. Not a cheap hockey-styled lager like I normally have while watching a game but no less perfect for a rainy Wednesday night vs. Pens... 2-0 after one, Let’s Go Rangers!! (and again, welcome to the neighborhood Maine!)
hopdog (8450) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a deep amberish color with an off white head. Floral hops, pine, and somewhat toasty.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours amber with a gingerbread hue and a solid quilt of toasted cream foam. Smells of hops from the pour, now I will dive in.... Very northwest: pine, resin, some grapefruit, some tea, Special B malt here on the nose (or the likes), and a bit of stones. Flavor is malt, tea, hops, some really aromatic character I just can’t put my finger on, some toasted wheat bread. The flavor here is surprising and quite nice. Fairly full bodied for the style with low carb and a semi dry finish. I am really impressed with this beer. I’m happy with the divisive character of the nose vs flavor on this one. I am met initially with the impression that this will be a robust, in-your-face amber a la Troegs, but am met with a sophisticated, mature flavor profile hard to beat for the style in my opinion. A real treat of the style.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear deep copper hued body with a large off white head with good retention. Aromas are very floral and hoppy from several feet away. On closer inspection: toasty and caramel notes with mild esters take equal footing with bright hoppy and citrus notes with grapefruit zest, mandarin and tea. I’m not the biggest fan of crystal (especially darker crystal) malts in my hoppy beers, but this smells decent. Flavors are slightly bitter, ice tea, caramel resin and citrus. Relatively dry considering the deep malt flavors with a nutty, lightly roasty quality and a decently heavy hand of caramel. Lots of grapefruit. Slightly earthy to papery. Very lively, almost distracting carbonation, medium bodied. Good for a style I’m not fond of.
zvikar (2569) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Pours an hazy brown with a beige head, aroma of marmalade, tangerine and orange, flavor is bitter with tangerine and grapefruit, medium bodied