GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2007 Pours dirty honey w/ full semi spritzy froth. Good hang time. Residual lacing is sticky and thick w/ a full canopy. The heavy aroma of tarred grapefruit rind left some scar tissue behind. Medium to full nectar w/ soft residual effers. Citrus rind upfront w/ almost not enough malt to back it up. Flavors of tar resin, spice, sodium, and dried leather. Not sweet at all. A faint hint of caramel on the finish as it warms while the strict asprin decimates your tastebuds with surgical precision. Overall: This is a classical masterpiece. I appreciate the under-utilized malt characteristic that so many brewers of this genre over use. Hopsickle attacks hard on all fronts but the lack of that gummy, malted backbone renders your palate useless and you know it for sure. Like a jealous woman who keeps her man spent so he doesn’t even have time to think of running around with another. She may be jealous but her effort makes her a good woman indeed =)
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I received this bottle as part of BeerSwap 2.0. I pourd in to my Duvel tulip. Very murky, burnt orange with a sticky rich white head. Wonderful tropical fruit aroma. Very sweet and sugary. Fruit punch. A huge punch of hop flavor, again very much like fruit punch, with a pices of rock candy disolved in it. The palate is full and lusicious. Easily one of my all time faves.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Man oh man, at first sip I did not like this at all but as it warmed I began to really enjoy some complexity here. Lots of fruity hops. Grapefruity hops with what seemed like Kiwi or Papaya.Very nice brew.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Slightly hazy orange coloured. Big hoppy aroma. Very hoppy flavour with a bitter finish. Quite good.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a vaguely hazy, thick, deep copper-amber, with a light orange-creamsicle head that retains well and leaves good lace. sticky nose full of hop pungence - with less citrus than I would expect. woody, floral sappy pine forest center with a light caramel coating. whoa! big thick malt front rather quickly yeilds to any amazingly dense body full of hop flavor, and a sternly bitter finish. very impressive. big-bodied beer maintains suprising drinkability through its thick body. quite a good beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks bentley78 for the bottle. Sparkling clear cooper-amber body topped by a frothy yummy looking off-white head. The aroma is extremely intense: grapefruit and some herbalness as well. The flavor is puckeringly full of hoppy goodness. Good malt spine that keeps things together and a good, though not over the top, amount of bitterness. The palate is soft and cleansing. All that is left behind is the essence of a crap load of hops. This is the best beer I have yet had from ths brewery.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: Pours to a mostly clear medium amber colored body with a large, creamy, eggshell colored head that really lasts. The aroma is fresh pine, grapefruit, floral, and a bit of earthy citrus scented hops, along with a mild scent of caramel. The taste is bitter fruity & earthy-citrus hops up front, followed by pine, ripe grapefruit, lemon grass, with almost no malt flavors detectable, and nicely, none of the advertised 9.2% alcohol comes through (though it really seems less to me). Light-medium bodied, moderately carbonated, finishes with a brief burst of sweet caramel, then extended bitter floral and pine hop flavors.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Semi translucent and dusty brass in color with an oily ice layer for the head on the first pour, with more fluffy off-white foam substance appearing on later pours for the head. Aroma is set to see the summer out: greasy potato chips, slaughtered mango, puce apricot chews, honey induced rubber soled grapefruit, and some peaches & cream. Semi-sulfurous flavored afterthoughts let us eventually work our way back to crisp cascade flavor hop traits, seemingly building with its bittering brethren 10 seconds post gestation. Surprisingly reserved carbonation, especially for this brewery. Jaundiced grapefruit creates a waxy palate glaze while papaya meets sweet potatoes somewhere in the center. Gummy gumption perseveres through the teeth tossing. Arid and clean bitter sweeps reap the puckering promises as foretold on the label, but it’s not the star of the show - it’s a freebee’s encore. Medium-bodied all the way through, with an arid, nomadically clean finish. The aluminum’s still there, if you care to dwell on it. Lose the tomahawk and then we’ll talk. Thanks for the bomber, tpkenned!
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks to Saarlander for the bomber, shared this at a recent tasting. as heemer has stated, this was an in your face "hop bomb"!!! poured a flouescent amber and carried a strong aroma of grapefruit and pine. some sweetness, just a little, would have helped this one IMO. not sure what the IBU’s are in this one, but it seemed even more bitter than Two Brothers "Hop Juice" (100 IBU ). if you’re looking for something over the top in hops, this is it.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Duane shared a bottle of this at a small tasting. Poured a nice hazy golden color. The aroma was all citrus hops, no malt at all. Flavor was the same. I love hops, but this was even a little too one-sided and unbalanced for me.