MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Like WIllblake, my first beer of the GABF: everything I want my hop fix to be. Poured amberish with a creamy off white head. Huge hop aroma with citrus, pine, caramel. Moderately sweet flavor with just a ton of hop. Very well balanced IMHO. This beer is massive and I wish I had more.
Rastacouere (6125) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Creamy off-white head is affected on a dark amber hue. Enormously aromatic nose bring a hop galore to the nostrils, but there’s this pleasant candy and caramel cookieish malt base that pushes it to a world-class aroma. Very resiny, but almost as much grapefruity, floral, leafy and minty. In mouth though, an unpredictable graininess contrasts with the globally spicy nature and sprucey cedar, reminding us that we’re basically dealing with an amber ale, which was not necessary. Generous malt and restrained alcohol were not what I expected from this beer, but this was necessary to work in the neighbourhood of those hops. Medium to full bodied, mineral creamy and powdery mouthfeel, rather dry.
Indra (2604) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2005. Samples tried: 2, ~2.2oz. total. Aroma is hugely piney, citric and earthy with plenty of toasty caramel maltiness and hints of orange, pineapple, flowers and cotton candy, and a very faint but interesting yeasty component. Medium copper color with a very thick, lasting yellow-tan head. Fully hop-driven flavor, again earthy, citric and piney, some dark, almost bready maltiness present but hops easily dominate from beginning to end. Big, juicy, resinous hop finish. Smooth, oily palate, body is of course quite full. Very tasty "Double Red".
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
09.29.05 First beer of GABF, I ran down a busload of ne-erdowells trying to get to the Oggi’s booth. Slackers. Dark, thick, and sticky. Caramelized pineapple, resinous, cocoa, sweet. Super tacky lasts beyond finish. Money.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The most anticipated beer for me at GABF, did not dissapoint. Pours a darker caramel amber color, nice tan head. Aroma is a big wave of hops, lots of west coast hop juice with a little caramel/nuttiness to it as well. Flavor is hugely hopped again. but the darker malts really back it up nicely.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
GABF05: Oh, man, I could’ve plopped myself down in front of this booth and drank this stuff all night. I did for a bit, but had to move on. Rich caramel hue; frothy head. Smooth, Richie Rich, creamy, and perfectly carbed. Incredibly flavorful, shining with caramel, toast, and multigrain bread. Wafty aromas of delicate fruit (sweet orange, zippy tangerine, passion) and resinous hops (seemed to coat the inside of my mouth with hop oil). Great balance, even with its intensity. Cozy, rich and rewarding beer.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour copper amber with a thin dense khaki head...smell is piney...lots of bitterness with some nice vanilla something in the bitter onslaught too...
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF ’05. Uninspiring brown body. Orange citrus, oily PNW hop aroma with ints of milk chocolate sweetness. The flavor brings a torrent of hop bitterness and caramel. Lime, orange citrus hops.
BBB63 (6010) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2005: Muddled coppery hue with a solid creamy head and outstanding lace, beauty is in the eye of the beerholder. The aroma smacks of big hop presence, piney, citric, sappy, spicy and earthy. Oh there is some sweet caramel malt about but you really had to work to find it. The taste is surprisingly somewhat, that is somewhat balanced between the extreme hops and caramel backing. Another interesting part was the yeasty and bready aftertaste that I was not expecting and honestly didn’t like. The palate was heavy and smooth but then the aftertaste didn’t measure up to a five. Yes it is a very good beer however it is not a top 50 brew in my book.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2005 I feel this to be truly whompuseque. It completely whompified my taste buds and added a whomp feeling to my day.