thetmaxx (728) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from the bottle, I cannot believe this is only the fourth rating. Aroma was really nice citrus hops. Flavor was also nicely hopped. Palate is nice and balanced for a ipa. Overall this is a nice cascadian ipa, but there are better.
notalush (4584) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just finished making some kick-ass jack-o-lanterns with my son - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED - time for a beer - pours a very dark mahogany color, with a fairly thick, off-white head/lace - nose is mostly herbal and peppery hops (mostly the cascade) with some notes of pine that work well with the mild earthiness of the styrian - flavor is an interesting mix of black IPA meets dark wheat (though, much like the aroma, the hops are the dominant flavor) - there is a moderately sweet malt base that brings flavors of toasted wheat and caramel - the toastiness is complimented fairly well by earthy, woody hop flavor through the middle - hops dominate the tail end and finish - peppery, herbal, spicy finish creates a warming sensation - it’s decent, but like most mass appeal NB products, it has a certain pedestrian, "this could have been so much more" kind of quality - I’m digging it, but probably won’t buy it again.
Onionkid (356) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Slightly hoppy aroma. Tastes like an Abita Turbodog with more hops. Pretty decent, I’d grab it again. Definitely is easy to drink considering the alcohol content. 6.2% alcohol.
Suttree (4867) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep Ruby red, almost black. Nice sturdy beige head. Smells really hoppy, with a good deal of pine and a hint of coffee. Flavor is very hop forward, with a pine note and the roasty, coffee like flavors in the background. Maybe a touch of chocolate as it warms.