Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to HogTownHarry. Poured a clear medium caramel with a rather long-lived cap of off-white head. Lots of lovely lacing followed it down. Nose was of soapy citrus, caramel, and some woodsy maltage... wish it was just a tad stronger. Caramel and floral bittering hops give the first impression on the palate. Citrus and pine highlights found the edges of the tongue.. felt a little stale. Light-medium bodied with a solid level of bitterness.
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Itís been a year since I first had this and I thought Iíd try it again. I was pleasantly, pleasantly surprised as I was on the search for a hoppy ale in Ontario. The aroma is sweetish with hints of the citrus others have commented on. The appearance is a strong copper red; I ruined my pour as I poured two into the large glass I had so the head was quite significant and long-lasting. Once both bottles were in the glass it was the moment I was waiting for...the taste. Iím disappointed I havenít had this more often...the taste was wonderfully rich as the malt evaporated into the crisp hoppiness. Each taste was similarly fulfilling as I worked my way to the bottom of the glass. THis might soon become my everyday standard.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another awesome ale from my trade with Hogtown Harry. Deep copper pour, with creamy 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, noble hops, citrus, and cabernet. The flavor was piney hoppy and citric, with a form caramel malt and some tropical fruits. Silky palate. This is a very good ale, an ale Iíd gladly drink every day of the week.
mnurda (1190) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 15, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A bit too malty for my liking. I was quite happy to see that Piscator agreed with my matiness scale.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber color with average head. Scents of hops on the nose. Pleasently bitter throughout but not overwhelming mixed with a malty caramel sweetness. Nice piney hop presence as well, but perhaps a too thin body. Pretty good though. Bottle thanks to Blankboy.
piscator34 (2114) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber on colour with medium carbonation. Strong c-hop aroma notes, with the pine element being especially pronounced (think fresh cut pine, as opposed to a pine forest). Solid bitterness backs up the lightly sweet (yet somewhat uninteresting) malt flavors. Some of the spicy and citrus fruity flavor notes provide some interest. An above average pale ale, but just not that special.
BeerMountie (117) - Placentia, Newfoundland, CANADA - APR 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle obtained in trade with Mr. Manning. Pours a beautiful dark amber colour with a thick tan head. Aroma of Hops which are also in the taste at just the right amount. There is also some sweet malt in the flavour. A very good beer which I must try and pickup the next time I am in Ontario.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is quite tasty. Flavors fighting over dominance on your palate. Sweet maltiness, and a delicate balance of spicy hops. Rich caramel and some sweet pie crust. Nice lacing, that just coats the entire glass like a solid sticky sheet. Very enjoyable
Tessic (926) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This ale pours a nice dark amber colour with a creamy tan head. I can get a little floral fruityness to the nose, maybe figs?
First taste was very good with nice hoppy flavour with caramel and ???
Slightly bitter on the finish with the hops shining through on the palate on the end.
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2007 2007-09-22, bottle at Stockholm Beer Festival, 7-4-7-3-13=34
Beautiful red-amber color. Too cold, but then some nice caramel and hop aroma, comes out, a bit fruity and resiny. The body is a bit harsh, almost dry, even if not strong enough, with some caramel flavor and a good hopping. Not bad, but also not convincing.
2006-01-27, bottle, 6-3-7-4-13=33
Amber color. Balanced Amber Ale, with a good caramel character, quite bitter, malty, roasted touch.