obguthr (5415) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cherry and aspirin nose. Clear auburn medium yellow head. Aspirin, overripe oranges. Bitter aftertaste lingers a long time on the palate. Good, but I donít buy the bitterness for bitterness sake concept.
pete4999 (1406) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Blue Monk in Buffalo, NY. Poured a hazy dark gold with frothy head, long-lasting. Smell is strongly of pine, and taste is similar as well. Certainly bitter, a lot of bite in it. Not an exceedingly deep taste to it. Pretty good, but nothing Iíd go out of my way to seek out, especially considering the price.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Redís. Poured a murky, somewhat fluorescent, medium orange color. The head was thin and yellowish white. Fruity aroma, ala bitter orange juice with additional perfume, pine, and toffee notes. Medium bodied with delicate sugars up front which were brutally suppressed by assertive bitterness. Amongst the most bitter beers Iíve sampled, possibly THE most bitter. There was an array of jumbled flavors that included pine, grapefruit zest, vodka, earthy root, and subdued bitter orange juice. A bit much for me, but worth a try.
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep orange with lots of sediment. Good hop aroma. Taste is pleasant. Not too citrusy, fairly tame taste-wise for a beer of this nature. Fairly good malt backbone, slight caramel edge with oranges. Nice
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Aroma: smells like sticking your nose in a bag of hops; pine sap, citrus, very floral, tropical fruits. Pours a very murky amber-light brown, about 1/4" of off-white head, average retention. Flavor is quite bitter, lots of strong pine hop flavors, some grapefruit and tropical fruits, but the pine and resin are dominant. Bitterness is impressive, but somehow the hop and malt flavors come through. Full body, medium carbonation, some astringent bitter aftertaste, which is not surprising given the amount of hops in this monster. Very interesting brew, if done in moderation.
Scopey (11759) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Craft Beer Co. It pours clear amber, with a thin foamy white head. The nose is intense hop, grapefruit, resin, grass, pine, cheese and earth. The taste is resin, grass, pine, intense fiery hop, caramel sweetness and alcohol warmth, with a long, insanely bitter-dry finish. It felt like I was eating raw hops (again) and temporarily destroyed my palate. For me this is an interesting experiment, but it is too extreme to enjoy.
VsXsV (3853) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar. Hazy, dark amber liquid with small off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy with notes of hop cones, grapefruit, resin, pine and some caramelly malt. Maybe some alcohol. Taste is extremely bitter and also dry. Not balanced at all, but that isnít the intention either. Scores very low on the drinkability-scale. Light to medium bodied with OK carbonation and looong finish. I had to let my mouth rest for a while before ordering the next beer, but my taste buds were a bit off a long while after. A bit of an awakening for a hop head like me, for the first time in a long time Iíve considered a beer "too hoppy". All in all, a really interesting and fun creation but already the 20 cl glass that I ordered was way too much. Really nice aroma though! Gets an extra point in overall since it was a fun experience, but Iím very ambivalent towards this beer. I almost felt a bit sorry for the poor fellow at the table next to me who ordered 40 cl of this.
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.7 oz bottle. I really hope this is good, cause it is expensive. Pours a dark copper brown color with a huge pillowy tan head that coats the side of the glass. Smells of hops, hints of citrus or fruit, a bit of alcohol, and a lot of malt. Taste is fairly similar to the smell, but with the hops overpowering much of the flavor (assuming their is flavor in there). Not bad, but not worth the price.
gunnar (7594) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Sigmunds. Pours cloudy golden with a a small head. Aroma of cat piss and grapefruity hops and even some pine forests.Taste is malty as hell, just kidding, it is more like a hopped tea party, where everyone bring their own pot of fresh made hop tea, where pine cones float on top. Sugar anyone?
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Farmersí Cabinet.
Pours a hazy dark copper color that is completely opaque with dark golden orange hues and a two finger creamy white head. Good retention coating the glass with soapy lacing.
Dry earthy hop aroma with resinous pine and a boat load of sweet malt. Lots of caramel and toffee but the hops are still prevalent.
Full bodied with a dry, earthy pine hops . Kind of like biting into bark with a very dry bitter flavor that lingers throughout. A ton of malt in the backbone with lots of sweet hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and nut. Lots of booze especially in the finish. Faint citrus and tropical fruit notes. Intense, boozy and very dry with too strong of a malt presence.