robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear dark amber with a medium size off-white head, and very good lacing.
smell is of hops, rye, some tropical fruits, and malt.
taste is smooth and creamy, subtle hops, malt, and rye. ends creamy and bitter.
slowrunner77 (6543) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice combo of hops and rye in this bad boy, and another solid addition to the hop kitchen series. spicy rye, earthy hops and a dash of tropical fruit from the mosaic. Covers the abv.
wlajwl (4305) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is fruit, citrus, mild Cascade tea and a hint of spice. The flavor is Cascade tea, rye, citrus, light grapefruit, fruit/blackberry, mild earthiness and a bit of hop resin/bitterness in the finish.
TomTron (417) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange with minimal head. Some spice and grassy hops in the nose. Lots of rye spice and of course the earthy hops are dominant. A decent drinker from NB. Hope to see more of these around instead of the Lips of faith series.
kbudd19 (817) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Copper brown pour with minimal white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, spices, and tropical fruit. Taste is light malty sweetness up front, followed by citrus and pine, finishes crisp, with nice rye spice. very refereshing brew!
backdaft (260) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a clear brownish copper color. Big 2 finger tan heads leaves some decent lacing. Aromas are toasty rye malt and earthy hops. Taste is rather dry, a bit sweet, and bready. Some light spice from the rye and a touch of alcohol round this out.
AndyW68 (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper with off white head. Aroma is hoppy, malty and grainy. Taste is sweet and bitter balance. Very nice.
chinchill (2621) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Cork & Tap (SC).
Clear medium amber with a decent head that leaves little lacing.
Feel: Medium-light body with near medium carbonation; seems too thin.
Aroma: herbal/floral hops with faint malts.
Flavor: hops, floral and herbal, with well proportioned spicy notes from the rye.
O: a good version of style, but not quite up to New Belgium’s standard.
daleharshman (964) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa ($4.97). Pours a cloudy dark amber hue with two fingers of off-white foam leaving some good lacing. AROMA of quite spicy rye bread with lesser notes of citrus, pine, cedar, earthy hops, and caramel malts. FLAVOR similarly has some sharp spicy rye notes, resinous hops, honey/caramel malts, pine needles, and fruit. Finishes moderately bitter with a nice balancing slightly sweet maltiness. Rather full bodied. I like the fact that the rye is really big and noticeable here, unlike some of the other RyePA’s that I have tried. (74, 885)
J_man (769) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very earthy, malty aroma with a slight vegetal component, but no big hop nose. Clear, medium copper/amber with a fluffy eggshell head. There is a distinct hop bite and dryness in the flavor which is mellowed by a creamy, bready body. The alcohol while not huge here definitely shows through with a drying bite. There’s also a noticeable spiciness present which could be rye or hops (or both). Finishes lightly sweet with a lastly dry burn in the back of the throat. This is definitely more in the English style of IPAs with a stronger malt presence. Interesting and tasty.