jefcon (1537) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Ruddy and red with a sticky head. Aromas of birchwood, coffee, apple, and some hop perfume. Serious hops, backed by a sweet caramel and soft alcohol notes. Long bittering hop finish. Round palate and exceptional weight, yet somehow clean. Flavors really shine.
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can (12oz). Shared with blankboy and biegaman, my can - yeah!!!. Clear amber, solid frothy/creamy head. Rich aroma of slightly burnt caramel and resin/ light funk hops - wow, that’s realy something. Pretty average IPA taste - herbal/resin hops, caramel malt, not so much carbonized character, hardly any alcohol. Somewhat syrupy body, light carbonation, slightly sticky/caramel aftertaste - pretty nice, but I think I like the Dale’s Pale more.
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mad Mex Robinson. Pour was a dark gold/orange with no head. Aroma was 100% floral hops. Taste was like a flower basket. I now understand what "floral" hops taste and smell like. Mad Mex list this as an IIPA and could pass as such. Not much other than hops in the taste with a thick mouthfeel.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can. Pours a copper color with a medium size beige colored head that almost settles out. Aroma is sweet malt, pine, grapefruit, floral. Flavor is nice punch of sweet caramel malt, citrus, pine and floral hops knock at your tonsils, some brown sugar as well. Palate is medium-full bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, sticky, bitter finish. Really nice!!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. This was in the limited release canned version at 9.3% ABV. Pours opaque copper amber with a rich thick fluff of hoppy smelling foam atop this dense beer. Strong orangey sweetness is blended with a bomb of citrus and grapefruit that grabs the tongue and hangs on.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - FEB 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz can from beerandblues2 (thanks!). Says 8.7% abv. Pours an almost clear dark orange/brown with a large beige head. Nose is citrus and pine. Taste starts with some sweet caramel/crystal maltiness, then the citrusy piney hops lick in. Finish is a very nice bittersweet balance. Medium body. Almost syrupy mouthfeel. Some alcohol in the finish. Very good beer, and it comes in a can!
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capone’s in Norristown...
Appears a semi-transparent dark amber with a light tan head that quickly fades out. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of pine, caramel, grassy, citrus, brown sugar...very sweet in the nose.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a bit of a raisin flavor going on in there as well. Again, it’s very sweet, even bordering cloying with the pine and brown sugar. Not too bad but not knocking my socks off either.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, seemingly under-attenuated, fizzy, and sweet.
I was expecting a little more judging from some of the ratings but now that I look at the overall average...I guess my opinion isn’t too far off base.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coppery red clear body, Nice fluffy sticky tan head. Rich flowery hop aroma. Citrus and dry caramel grains. Sweet syrupy aroma.
Flavor is pretty good, but not unique (not that that is bad in this case). Kind of a stale sweet malt covering up a lot of juicy hops. A little unique in that respect, and definitely drinkable.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber with a huge, dense, off white head. Nose is venomous, floral, resinous, and sweet. All hops and just a hint of grain in the nose. Flavor shows a ton more malt than anticipated. Nearly balanced. Hops are the same plus citrus rind with some graham cracker, cookie, and light caramel malt. Very drinkable. Medium/full body, balanced. If it’s warm next weekend, I’ll be taking a 4 pack to the beach. Very solid.
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker amber with a large pillowy head, good lacing and retention. Aroma was initially pine, grapefruit, more fruits, caramel, and later showed light vanilla. Flavor brings this, light alcohol as well. Very drinkable and easily the best beer in a can I have ever had.