Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler poured into my Dogfish Head snifter produced a good two fingers worth of off white head that settled to a thick lace. The lace follows the clear amber body slowly down the glass as you drink it.
The aroma is nice and piney with some floral hoppiness as well.
The flavor is very balanced between the malty sweetness and the hops. It did finish rather dry and bitter, but not a hop bomb in any way. The feel in my mouth is light to medium with good carbonation for your tongue.
Good drinkability on this brew, finishing the growler will be no problem.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Great Lost Beer in Portland,Me. Pours a hazy orange with a white 2 finger head. Citrus hop aroma. Nice balance of malt and hops. Overall a nice beer.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the GLB. Somewhere between a 60 and 90 minute in terms of bitterness. There’s a malt profile very similar to the DFH 90 minute at work here. There’s a big wallop of hops also. This stuff is very very promising. I’ve got to head to belfast next weekend and try the rest of these.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Interesting. I’m not sure how a 9% IPA is lighter, but it had a fruitier flavor and a markedly different profile from the Cant. There is something in terms of balance missing from some of their hopwork, either malt bitterness or flavor or both.
ClarkVV (5657) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewery, 6/20/15
Reddish-amber, clear with a medium sized off-white head that slowly recedes to cover.
Interesting nose, I will give it that. Not your usual tropical/juicy fruit hop salad, yet nor is it a citrus/pine concoction. Rather, you’ve got leafy green spruce notes, with a touch of wintergreen, dry pine and plentiful cherry-like sweetness. I guess this is some ester and it’s quite interesting and unique. Reminds me very, very much of something like Gales Christmas ale or Harveys Christmas ale (can’t remember off-hand without going back and looking at my reviews). Sugars are light, though, mostly just pale malts and no weird bubble gum or cotton candy, nor is there any alcohol.
The flavor is even more akin to these traditional English christmas ales (and non-christmas ones too, the christmas ones are usually stronger, so it reminds me of those particularly). Sweet, yet nowhere cloying, with green, lush hops, a touch of candied orange and dry pine all balancing each other well. Ample carbonation helps relieve the high gravity nature and the malt is still well-attenuated yet sumptuous. Delicious cherry ester character lingers on, and increases with warming.
Not rating this as an American Double IPA, but more of an American/English Strong Ale hybrid.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draft @ Great Lost Bear) Served in a tulip. Lightly hazy but fairly bright amber. Small off-white head. Aroma of juicy citrus/grapefruit, touch of pine with some caramel underneath. Mouthfeel smooth, medium-full, pleasant. Very nice, thin, slightly droopy but well-sustained rings of lacing. Flavor of juicy citrus/grapefruit overlaying sweet caramel and touch of vanilla. Sweet, pleasant, easy-drinking, nicely-balanced and not a big tongue-scraper. Nice bitter hit in the finish.
Rune (11036) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At USA Cask Ale Bar, GBBF ’11, one-third pint, gravicask. Near-clear, amber coloured body, Tiny off-white head. Solid aromas of citrus fruits. Fresh taste of citric hops, a bite of pine needles, and finish of with a pleasurable dry hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is very well covered. Not heavy to drink at all (London, 03.08.2011).
Brandman (2831) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GBBF 2011. Coppery body, white head. Lots of piney and resiny hops in flavour, intense caramel.
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at GBBF 2011, Day 2. Sweet malt and nice hop aroma, some faint hints of booze. Big sweet flavor, some candy, toast, and caramel. Medium to full in body with soft carbonation. Milt warming finish, light resinous bitterness, some toasty malt sugars. Very respectable.
Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: On-tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME. Poured with no head... there’s not even really a film on here. Body is a dark amber color, and clear.
S: Mostly hoppy aroma, but not overly strong. Mild citrus notes as well.
T: There’s some citrus in the beginning, but then the hops come plowing through. It actually finishes more hoppy and bitter than I would have expected from the aroma. Quite impressive.
M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with soft carbonation.
D: A good IPA... the taste makes up for any shortcomings from the appearance and aroma, and works out well for people that like some hops in their beer.