jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can. Pours hazy gold with deep gold and orange highlights and thin white head that drops into a thin, pocked disc. The aroma is deep, hoppy, and funky - pine resin and citrus with hints of tropical fruit and an odd "cattiness" that reminisces of garlic and runny cheese - which is slightly off-putting for a beer. The aroma also offers sticky sweetness, almost like honey. The flavor starts resiny with continuing hints of garlic mixed with tropical fruit and cakey sweet malts. Funkiness abounds - mostly from very intense and unique hop characteristics. Iíve read that summit hops have more of a citrus character like centennial and ahtanum, but this has lots of tropical fruit like columbus/tomahawk/zeus and strong pine and funk like simcoe... The funkiness fades quickly across the tongue to a point where it is pleasant and adding complexity to the resiny bitterness (vs. garlic or stinky cheese). The beer remains funky and very hoppy on the back of the palate and has a crisp and dry finish. The aftertaste is hoppy with a surprisingly strong bready malt character. The mouthfeel is crisp and full-bodied with a very refreshing texture from a perfect level of carbonation. Overall, this beer is actually very good. The wierd off-putting aromas arenít really so striking (but once your brain realizes what it thinks it smells, it gets a little distracting). Overall, it is a complex and fairly drinkable big-ass IIPA. I like it a lot, but I do wish the aroma were a little less "catty".
RSRIZZO (1900) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz can poured into a Snifter at 49į. Color is a deep clear gold with light carbonation and nice head that falls to a thin tight ring. Aroma is a heavy hop scent of straw and grass. It starts with a medium body that goes down a little sharp. Flavor is a bit rough, the hop come across with a harsh raw hay and grass taste then a little gain shows with a hint of citrus. After taste is a nice dry bitterness. Overall I donít like and was expecting a lot more from this brewery.
StoutFest (77) - Stoutville, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a golden cloudy foggy color. Aromas of grassy, weedy, danky hops. Taste is sweet then hoppy spicy with weedy grassy notes. Full bodied DIPA. Drinkable. ABV well hidden. Nice and malty. Complex for just one hop variety used.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
$15.49/4 pack. Central Market. San Antonio, TX. First off HOP BOMB.A transparent orange beer with a good head that fades in a couple minutes. The aroma was a hop bomb and I love it. Very nice with a ton of citrusy hops, very grassy, danky, and spicy. The taste is sweet at first with a big grassy taste, citrus, and then very oddly meat. Yes thatís right meat. Why does this beer have a meat taste, well it is a big beer I guess that explains it. It finishes with a punch of bitterness and is so low carbonated I think you could say it is almost flat. Itís like throwing a beer drinker in a boxing ring with a bunch of hop cones punching you repeatedly.
tgncc (3020) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wierd beer. The aroma is hops, sweatsock, musty, rotting wood, earthy. Must have been extensively dry hopped with a wierd hop. The flavor is odd, too. Solvent, furniture polish, leafy, earthy, caramel. What the hell did they dry hop this with? The appearance is yellow/gold, slightly orange, white head. The body is thick, the mouthfeel a little oily. The finish is again the wierd earthy, musty taste. This probably was a decent, middle of the road IIPA, and they tanked it with something. Still, I could drink this again if offered. But I wouldnít pay the $4 I paid for this can.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange gold with edges of peach coloring, supported on top by a decent sized fluffy white head. My first impression of the aroma is a mix of fruit, specifically pineapple, green grapes, and mango, and of course some floral hops are there. Not bad at all, but a bit soft.
The first few sips are not what I expected at all. The hops are not as aggressive as most Imperial IPAs. In fact the hop bill feels subdued, or even masked behind other flavors. Bready malts and caramel set the tone on top of a spicy zest and Summit hops. I think I would have preferred more of a variety of hops instead of using strictly Summit. The body is smooth and somewhat creamy, slides down nicely.
But thenÖwhat the hell is that smell? At first itís hard to pick up on, but then a pungent odor causes major distractions. Itís quite peculiar, hard to initially pinpoint. Is that onions? Yes I think thatís what it reminds me of. With every sip I am subjected to a strange whiff of onions and meat. Something that needs to be experienced for yourself. Very unconventional.
After this encounter with unusual smells, my palate is thrown off course. The hops I crave lurk behind buttery notes and malt. As much as I want to love this beer, I donít. I keep hoping it will get better, but it doesnít. In the end I just want my $17.50 back (for a 4 pk).
I did try this later with steak and mash potatoes covered with fried onions and it was sooo much better. Complemented the food very nicely. In fact, the spice and onions hid the beer previous imperfections. My suggestion is to paid with food.
IndianaRed (2960) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from Brewtopia, pours a clear light orange/amber with a medium sized sandy cord head quickly dissipating to a thin film. Grassy woody pine hop aroma. Flavor is sweet and woody. A litle furniture polish in there too. Some kind of wierd fruity slant. Smooth slick palatte. Soft carbonation. A bit odd.
gsmitty80 (2028) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was excellent. It had a very robust aroma and great taste of dry hopping with a flash of citrus.
bhensonb (12596) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from South Bay Drug. Pours amber with a 3 finger foamy, ringy, clingy off-white head. Aroma is authentic cat piss. Medium body with mild, creamy carbonation. Flavor is strong caramel with an incredible amount of hop. Very citric/grapefruit. Finishes very, very bitter. But itís not a harsh bitter. Brilliant.
SudsMcDuff (6945) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Happy to see this just sittin on the shelf, and of course with specs standard, no price in sight... Pours a light caramel, with awesome foam, ..No smoke without fire. . damn fine lacing .. . and a round of screwdrivers on me .. . smell of rustic pine needles, smoked resin, and neighborhood tool watch aromas .. . extremely smooth, 10% haha, i donít think so .. . i shellacked the tool bench .. . a weird crazy hop presence, from dirty sap to smoked pine needles, to maple syrup spiked with a honey licked grill pimple of doom .. . iím not laughing at this .. . i liked it, easy drinking, fun, but at $15 a 4pack, maybe just one and a while, cheers!! .. . You oughta be careful boy - thereís alotta weirdos around íere, lotta nasty people. .. lotta nutters. But Iím gonna protect you boy. íCos I love you. In fact if you werenít a geezer Iíd be rapiní you beíind the counter right now.