Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pouring quite cloudy, the body sports a dark and dusky, rusty orange-amber hue. A small, fleeting head of tan tinted foam leaves thin, smooth rings of lacing behind. The nose is obviously massively hopped, showing tons of orange peel, grapefruit, pine, and grass. Itís quite dank, almost a little musty at times in its big hop aromatics. Still, thereís a massive amount of toffee and caramel malt going on, along with some sweet fruit notes that remind of apricot or nectarine. Flavors are similarly structured, showing oily citrus, dank grass, and resinous pine bitterness amidst a staunch layer of toasted toffee, sweet caramel, and fruity malts. While substantial in body, the palate is overly burdened with sugar. When combined with the soft carbonation, itís a bit too syrupy feeling, not to mention warm. Hoppy bitterness lingers on the tongue well after the swallow. Itís an interesting brew, but itís nothing ground breaking or even all that impressive.
meerbier (1473) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle@Home. The whole idea is insane of course. However Iíve had worse hop beers, more bitter, more grassy but also one dimensional. And this one isnít. Itís actually quite pleasant and soft.
JorisPPattyn (7814) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fully hazy brown-amber beer with orange highlights; thick-set amberish head, extremely stable. Cakey nose, waffles syrup; C-hops, but much less than expected. The flavour is really bitter, but only gets astringent after swallowing. Bitter syrup, bitter gourd (=bitter melon), nearly kinine-like, metallic, but strangely enough not too bitter. Meat gravy flavour, somewhere retronasal. To explore extremes - good points for this. But the human senses know their own points of collapse, and this oneís beyond that. Beyond the bitterness, thereís pretty little room for anything else.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark hazy amber color with a creamy head that lingers. Smells of aged citrus. Full nectar with creamy effers. There was a surprising void when I opened it, not a sound. Itís in the juice though. A fat buttery malt backbone is seriously like a double whopper with cheese and bacon. Flavors of aged, slightly sweet citrus pulp is pretty much all I gather. The finish linger but there is a serious bittering component. 1000 IBUís ? Doubt it. Not a bad beer though.
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle, BB 1/14/12. Poured quite deep, murky amber with a dirty beige head.. interesting colors for an IIPA, but it worked. The aroma was juicy with resiny pine sap, soapy notes, and earth with caramel and honeyed notes backing.. smelled good. The flavor found similar sweetness at the core, but the bitterness really took over.. pine resin and grapefruit led, with a little earth and black pepper behind.. finished sharp and bitter, leaving a tacky feeling on the back of my teeth.. warmed up the belly. Medium-plus with quite a bit of carbonation on the palate.. scorching bitterness as expected skewed the balance.. overall some solid stuff.
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle shared by Enniskillen from Perryís Livermore. Nose is very barleywineish; floral hops, pineapple, light toffee, and golden raisins. Murky copper amber with a good sized, glass lacing, ivory head. Flavor is moderately bitter, toffee, and a little brown sugar; kind of like a three year old Bigfoot. Finish is lightly bitter.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber, with a nice off white head. Aroma is fairly hoppy with light caramel, alcohol, hoppiness, lightly floral. Taste is fairly hoppy, caramel, alcohol, dried fruit.
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - JUN 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 375 ml. Pours imperscrutable sick and light brown, with a moderate white foam, not so persistent. Intense and rich hop aroma (surely Nugget and Nelson, maybe Amarillo), tropical fruit (ananas, avocado), earthy and citrus peel. Taste so syrupy, with white vine notes; caramel, chamomile, tea, chestnut honey. Soft and nice carbonation. Final comes slowly, but when it comes stun a lot: resinous, piny, rhubarb and long-lasting. A good one, complex, but not much balanced in its contrast.
brenn79 (1491) - Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7 oz bottle- Pours copper with a decent head and massive floaties, aroma is alcohol, raisins, and pine. The flavor is very bitter but it doesnít seem to be even close to 10 times stronger than the 100 IBU beers iíve had, strong pine flavors. Overall not what I was hoping for, but not bad.
abemorsten (2621) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange with a light brown head. Fair lacing. Aroma of citrus, caramel, malts and berries. Acidic, bitter and sweet flavors. Very long bitter finish. Full bodied. Dry. Sampler @ CBF 2010.