MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Proficient orangey and peppery hops span the palate, aided by a curious candy/gum sweetness. Wooden hoppiness dries out the excesses, and leaves room for this highly original, licorice sorbet sweetness.
Coniferous hops and candied orange peels celebrate with the dried berries. Pleasing silky malts never intrude, but play an important role in supporting the dry bark or wooden hop bitterness. Very well-hidden alcohol in this dry and different example of dynamism.
I applaud those who research in the hopes of evolution.
TAR (2346) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft: Slightly hazy rufous. Tightly packed white bubbles form some rockiness as they settle. Pungently fragrant with honey orange rind, pine sol, and dried apricots. Bit of wet hop bag, as well. Chalky, fuzzy carbonation. Acidic orange zest puckers the cheeks amid a briefly softening resinous-hop cushion. Dirty yeast flavor, coupled with the fuzzy texture, taints what little elegant hoppiness is there. Well-masked alcohol, though. Supercharged hop bitterness progressively heightens, depositing more sweetness along the way. Nauseatingly brash hop finish of tangerines and dried apricots, with very faint graham suggestions from the malt. Where do I begin with this? The flavor and aroma are overly simplistic, let alone redundant; the detrimentally fuzzy texture clashes with the body’s thickness, and the dirty yeast is highly intrusive. Yet another high-gravity brew that proves it takes much more than tossing a copious amount of ingredients (hops, in this case) into the kettle to craft something of serious stature.
OldGrowth (2107) - North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled, from trade with TAR. Good nose, sweet. Piney citrusy. little corn syrup/sugary. Lite caramel. Tad hazy at first but a clean reddish orange color. Small head that left a small ring. Bitter flavors, Alot like the aromas, more emphasis on grapefruit. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, linguring bitter finish. The ABV is present in all area’s Thats a nice brew. Thanks TAR
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand bottled courtesy of cquiroga in a massive trade.Who gives a shit about how this is in appearance??? After you open it and get that skull crushing blast of resiny,piney,citrusy,sticky pot bud hoppiness the looks are not important any more,all you want to do is taste the damn thing.Essence of Orange Oil.Thick and syrupy.Not huge hops but a superb combo of sweetness and the wonderful taste of hops.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fresh hop bud aroma, sticky with THC...my first thoughts. Patchy, thin rim of froth quickly disappeared. Floral/mossy nose rapidly followed by mandarin oranges and cereal of some kind. The sheer amount of hops made me wince, in a good way. Lots of orange echoes in the medium-sticky finish. Nothing crazy but enjoyable for sure. Thanks to cquiroga for sharing.
cquiroga (371) - Sylmar, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/6/05. Poured out of 64 oz. growler, bought at Oggi’s in Vista, CA 3/2/05. Dark orange amber color, clear once in warms but hazy as it’s served ice cold. Good-sized, cream-tan head, a bit sudsy, breaking apart somewhat. Lacing is still quite good and the head lingers moderately in a thin whisp and a thick ring. Crystalline lacing in sheets. Color looks potent, but it all seems a bit forced. Pungent orange nose and pine hops, sweet and big orange zest, some strange toasted fruit, like cooked oranges and toasted rind with fruitiness worked nicely into the malt. Some biscuit and a little something magical that I can only describe as ganj. . . Medium-full mouthfeel, richly orangey with huge pine and some major heat from the alcohol. Dry and pungent, prickly and slightly numbing. Big candy and harsh, mouth-watering orange. You’d better not go driving after this one, because the alcohol is all over these orange hops and is unmistakeable. Almost like Grand Marnier with a shitload of hops added. Finish is long and not nearly as refined as it should be.
TChrome (1389) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Boulder Strong Ale Fest, Rating #2: Beer appears cloudy dark golden with a nice off white head. Aroma is a monster HOP blast of pine, absolutely huge hops. Flavor follows through with a massive bitter sweet hoppiness. I had part of a hop bud floating in my glass. This is the brightest tasting hop monster since I had a fresh Bottleworks LaConnar IPA.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like chewing on a hop pellet. Thats a good thing to me. lite sweetness that is barely noticeable with some nice caramel and bready hints. Then that monster hop nose follows up on its promise and attempts to rip your head off. What a wonderful huge bitterness that shows characters of many high alpha hop varietys.
Aubrey (3347) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
05 Boulder Strong Ale Festival: Rusty orange; thin, but frothy head. Nice texture/carbonation. Wonderful nose full o’ pine. Rich malts, with chocolate, caramel and toast. Intense hop notes are massive, sharp and nippy, exuding with grass and pine and citrus. A true hop monster.
Ernest (5627) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught, Boulder Strong Ale fest ’05. Body is light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread), heavily hoppy (grapefruit, resin), moderately yeasty (dough), with a note of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, moderately alcoholic. Ouch. Simple boatload-of-hops aroma with some stinky doughy/vitaminy yeast to give it a raw/crude effect. Very citric and bitter, which all but destroys the malt sweetness in the finish. A kitchen sink beer that doesn’t work for me in any way.