illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice clear bronze color with a healthy khaki head. Leaves some creamy lacing. Aroma is bright and atypical. Pink grapefruit abounds but there’s something else, kinda like orange juice or that tropical orange/mango/pineapple juice. I can see why people might call this beer garlicky. There’s no explicit garlic taste, but there’s a similar spiciness to the hops in addition to the expected citrus aspect. Besides that, there’s a pronounced caramel maltiness midpalate that’s a bit too heavy for me. Gives it that syrupy maple-syrup-on-grapefruit character. Definitely more in the west coast barleywine vein. No alcohol in the taste but there’s an obvious warmth in the chest after each sip. Bitterness is firm but not really up to double IPA standards. Syrupy body with lowish carbonation. A little sugary to be particularly drinkable. This is a perfectly decent beer, and maybe a bit underrated.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dank intense aroma of hop resin, sticky. Simple in profile, with a little added pineapple. Yellow gold, sticky clingy white head, great lacing. Smoky pine, gummy body, little cat pee harshness as Summit stands out to be judged and recognized. I guess I like my Summit in smaller does as this borderlines gimmicky for my palate.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can picked up at a small grocery store in downtown Philly and split with a friend. Darkish amber pour with a frothy white head. Very piney, citrusy hop aroma with just a hint of malt. Slightly more bready malt flavor, but it’s still all piney hops. Resinous, sticky mouthfeel. Good, but I won’t go out of my way to buy it again for the price point it’s at.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
can at papago 5/13/10.
pale golden copper with a white head.
really dank icky aroma.... along with peaches, mango, orange pith, sulfur and spice.
the flavor is the same... a bit on the sweet side but quite dank, peppery and spicy.
a little too thick for me but dryness and spice help out greatly. 8/3/7/3/15/3.6
swenocha (81) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from can. Aroma is citrus hops. Gold/orange pour with small white head. Citrus flavor, strong hops, with caramel malt backbone. Pretty well balanced. Good, but not great, though I had after a Stone 14th anniversary IPA, so maybe not a fair assessment.
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2010 Sample at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons. This beer pours a clear pale orange color with a medium thin and creamy eggshell white head that burns away steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Citrusy hops aroma with some spice and dark malt notes. The flavor is primarily grapefruity hops, plus notes of bready malt, pine and spice. Hoppy finish with a citrus aftertaste. Solid IIPA overall.
Travlr (19935) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Birreria Paradiso. Clear golden color, solid white head and lacing. Aroma of lemon peel and wet grass. Taste has scant bitterness, smooth citrus notes, slight bitter finish. Nice.
degbert (1594) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from can. Bright, dry nose with some citrus elements -- mostly, though it seems herbal and resiny. For some reason, it smells like lettuce to me. Color is a brilliant gold with a long-lasting, moussy head. Flavorwise, it is out of balance; way too much hops compared to the necessary malt. Very much a one-note brew, and that doesn’t work for me when I know this style can be done more elegantly.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great tasting brew from Oskar Blues. A lot of complexity in this one. Viscous bread-like flavor with a little citrus coming through. Despite the 10% ABV, alcohol is not too prevalent. Fantastic beer.
lamas (1532) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Canned on: 04/23/10 @ 0832. Pours a slightly hazy copper with an average-sized antique white head. A super resiny aroma of stinging grapefruits, lemon juice, citrus rinds, fresh pine needles, and some wet cardboard. The scent of freshly baked rye bread becomes apparent as things warm up a bit. Full-bodied and a touch syrupy. There is a surprising amount of caramel present upfront taste-wise considering the fairly one-sided aroma. Some sourdoughy qualities follow along with quite a bit of toasted rye. Finishes with plenty of acidic grapefruits and some lemon juice. Bitter and very drying at the end. This is some dangerous shit as just a touch of warming alcohol is present throughout. I’ve had some of these cans in my fridge for a few months now and this one was much better when fresh.