BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Personally this one was my favorite of the series so far (we’re on 4 currently). Great hop and malt profile. I drank this fresh and a year old. Both were enjoyable on many levels.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Kan for this one. Murky orange with medium white pancake head. Oxidized hops and malt aroma with sherry, weird spice, spruce? lavender? caramel malt. Flavor is oxidation, spruce, big bitterness, big pine, medium sweet with dry finish. Medium body and good carbonation. Pretty intense, pretty bitter.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from pantanap. pours hazy gold with white head. nose of citrus, grass, and green. flavors are green, citrus, and grassy, some spruce too. not the freshest but still good.
pantanap (3328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from larry......pours a semi-transparent apricot brown with a thin white head..... aroma of green hops and pine along with an underlying peppery spice.....hops are a little stale but finishes with a piney bitterness. midway through comes the caramel malt due to aging. peppery spice finish with an astringent finish. lively carbonation.
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured medium-to-pale golden with a rather short-lived cap of white head.. some legs were visible on the glass. The aroma was primarily hoppy with resiny pine and floral notes leading.. sweet pale malts and just a little light fruit backed it.. some good character in there, but nothing outstanding. The flavor was similar with a non-descript pale base supporting heavy and scratchy bitterness around (citrus joined some floral here).. finished very bitter and not all that tasty. Medium-bodied and bitter on the palate.. didn’t really come together.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye poured into a tulip.
Popping the cap produces a white foam that quickly climbs out of the bottle. After getting quickly over to the glass, it pours a bright, hazy golden orange with a fluffy white head that hangs around as a cap for quite a while and leaves very good lacing.
Aroma is very sweet with more citrus and floral hops than I was expecting for a beer of this age, lots of grapefruit and oranges. There is also a healthy dose of sweet caramel malts in addition.
The taste has a pretty hefty hop profile given the age with some citrus hop tingling on the palate up front, lemons and grapefruit especially. The malt backbone is there but less sweet than the aroma suggests. Big floral hop finish.
The mouthfeel is slick with a good bit of hop stickiness. It finishes very dry and leaves a big hoppy bitterness on the palate.
This one really stands up well over time and I certainly wish I had tasted it fresh as it would have been massively hoppy. Still, very good and thanks to Markus for the opportunity.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an orange golden body with a white head. Hop character is sweet at first with citrus and pine, then very grapefruit and mouth drying with a huge bitter finish. This is truely palate obliteration and im not a hop head.
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with CaptainCougar. Pours a cloudy gold with a thin off-white head that faded to an uneven film after two sips and completely disappeared shortly thereafter. Lots of citrus and pine in the aroma. The flavor is frankly a bit of a disappointment. Very weak malt up front, which is then quickly washed over with pine and grapefruit pith. Quite bitter at the finish. This is a very unbalanced beer that is probably a joy for the hopheads, but not for me.
kramer (4381) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, via bu11zeye. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy dark gold body with a frothy one inch off white head that retained for a good long time. Great citrusy hop nose with some bready and biscuity malts. Aggressively bitter flavor with lots of grapefruit and citrus rind, very pithy. Hefty bready malt backbone that complements the bright hoppiness nicely. Nice Simcoe presence. Medium bodied with a slight resiny stickiness on the finish. Soft gentle fizzy carbonation that lends it a slightly creamy texture up front. Very nice beer, strongly balanced towards the hops, this would please any hophead.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by ogglethorp. Orange-red pour with a white head. Aroma of citrus, grass, light biscuit malt. Flavors of bitter citrus, lemon rind, and light sweet malt. Medium body, bitter, with a resiny bitter finish.