Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
7th Annual Strong Beer Festival, Mesa, Az. Can. Grapefruit and pine aromas. Copper body with decent head. Citrus hop flavors refreshed the palate. Good citrus palate cool and crisp.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12-Aug-06 Can at Firemoose’s and probably a dozen times since. This is some pretty expensive stuff but not so out of line these days. Surely one of the finest aromas of any IIPA I’ve had in a while with fantastic pine, resin, and mixed citrus all sugar coated by massive caramel malts. The body is full, sticky, and smacking with every penny of the high price tag. The palate is long coated with this nectar and finishes more bitter, tacky, and pithy than dry or quick. Now, call me crazy, but it seems that this beer has changed over the recent months. The first cans I had were the sublime, full, sticky, and nearly perfect IIPAs I’ve just described. These were the can’s that first showed up in NJ and had a white adhesive label claiming 9.2 percent abv, but recently new fangled cans have arrived and the beer is absolutely not the same stuff. Maybe it’s just batch inconsistency, but there’s also a curious change in that the abv appears to have decreased a half percent in recent months. I don’t know if there’s anything to it, but it sure doesn’t seem the same to me. My score reflects the earliest samples I enjoyed, and I’ll reserve judgment on this newer model until I’ve had it a few more times.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Definitely a bit pricey, at $4.25 a can… but worth a try nun the less!
The beer pours a rich amber body… light carbonation, but a massive ivory head. The aroma is explosive! A wallop of hops smacks you right in the face… the malt bill must be huge because this is one chewy snack. The senses are inundated with caramelized brown sugar, fresh grapefruit and tangerine, pine resin and cedar wood chip spiciness. Overall, I would drink this beer regularly… if I could afford to do so!
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mmm.....beer in a can. Already having had Old Chub and Dale’s Pale Ale, I know better than to be surprised that there’s a quality brew under this pop-top. The head was big and short-lived. The aroma is huge with lots of piney hops. The flavor, though, is a bit of a let-down at first. Kind of weak, flat and unfulfilling at the start. The flavors continue to resonate and develop after each sip ultimately making this a good one to sip.
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - FEB 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I ranked this beer high in aroma, appearance and palate but the flavor was lacking complexity and fullness so overall it got low marks. Mahogony colored pour with large head. Aromas full of hops, oranges and cherries. Taste is mostly alcohol with a background piney and light fruity and resiny. The body is very chewy and thick and the finish is alcohol and grapefruity. Not bad at all for a canned beer.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby-orange color with a thin white head. Sniffed the can after opening, before pouring, and got a nosefull of hop aroma. Real piney and fresh. Taste begins with sharp resiny hop flavors. The finish lacks any lingering hop flavor, but the beer is so drinkable, I can’t knock it too bad.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a amber orange color with a white head. Aroma is caramel and lots of grapefruit hops. Flavor has some nice malts with bitter grassy, grapefruit hops.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours a rich amber color with a pretty stable light white head. Very nice and inviting looking. Big piney hops aroma, quite monstrous. Very sharp. Also has some grapefruit hints and citrus. Very big taste although the hops arent overwhelming, but still bigger than normal. Very smooth finish, which I wasnt expecting. Pretty bitter towards the finish and I get alot of funked out citrus as well. Hard to imagine canned beer being this good and complex.
nick76 (4312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma has grapefruit and pine hops along with caramel. The appearance is deep amber with a three finger head. The palate is sticky as advertised. Good beer in a can? Thanks Gordon.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly resiney aroma, some citrus, and caramel. Pours a dark amber. Hops are definitely the defining flavor, citrus, pine, spicey, a little alcohol, resin, with a dry hoppy finish with a dash of caramel in there somewhere.