hombrepalo (1920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from A.L. (shhh). This one was weird, really not easy to drink, too resinous and oily taste of hops. Looks amber goldish and some fluff. Smells like bad dough, grass, malts and hops. Taste is resinous, oily nutty and earthy. Off!
BeerBunker (807) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours amber with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is of malt, citrus, pine, and hops. The hops in the aroma are very muted. Taste is sour fruit, very faint hops, and dirt. There is more pine than hops in this brew. Has a malt presence that seems to come and go. Lingering taste of pine. Mouthfeel is very light. The hops barely register in this one. Rather watery. A very muted mess.
beernbourbon (1366) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pour is hazy copper with a thin tan head. Aroma is pine and citrus hop with a notable caramel malt backbone. Aroma is a pretty good balance of hop and malt. Flavor is initially bready with pine and resin hops to follow. Malt is not quite clean. A light metallic flavor also noticeable. Finish has a touch more citrus hops but also more yeast-like flavors. The aroma is solid, the flavor is not quite cohesive.
kramer (5328) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark copper body with a small off-white head that faded to a wispy partial covering. Lightly citrusy and piney hops overlay a hefty crystal malt dominated maltiness. There’s a nice bitterness level with an interesting tropical fruit quality to the hops. The heavy crystal malt flavor doesn’t do anything positive for me though. I actually dislike it more and more as I make my way thru the bottle. The sugary sweetness and iced tea finish is a pretty big turn-off. Light to medium bodied with soft fizzy carbonation.
alassio (78) - USA - JAN 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very promising. Nice hop profile. Absolutely dies on the palate - - thins out and practically evaporates. Luckily only bought a single bottle - - almost picked up a whole sixpack! It became futile after about a third of the glass - - used the rest to dilute the curry paste at dinner.
drowland (6633) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle (2009) into a pint glass. Pours cloudy orange with an enormous khaki head (don’t straight pour this for long). The aroma is hoppy and resinous, but it’s also a bit soapy. The flavor doesn’t deliver the hops as much. There is some malt and a hint of bitterness with sweet citrus hop flavor, but overall it’s a bit weak and watery.
nuplastikk (4918) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Medium thick orange-brown color, minimal head. Sweet balanced aroma. Medium bodied. A pretty nice pale ale, with some taosty caramel maltiness backed up by a solid earthy hop bill. Earthy and sweet aftertaste. Mild bitterness, but solidly hopped. Smooth, easy, and classic while still displaying it’s quality ingredients.
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had draft @ the brewery and then several bottles purchased there. Rating is an exact average of the two, as they were wildly different in quality. definite demotions for the bottled. Aroma is nice carmael malt with a really pleasant sharpness. Flavor (draft) was outstanding crisp and citric hops well blended with the caramel and toffee malt.
NOTE - BOttled version suffers a lot in both aroma and flavor. There’s a rotten vegetable/metallic sourness in thebottled form (and these were pretty fresh bottles) that renders it distinctly unpleasant. ----- Draft = Really good, bottle = almost offensive at points. Wonder if they bottled a bad batch last month.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewery. Orangish pour with a thick white head. Light hop aroma. Taste was similar, more light hoppiness, didn’t linger very long, good drinker.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber color with a beige head. Aromas of sweet caramel malt dominate the aroma with wiffs of citrus hops peeking through.Flavor of malt and citrus hop that end in a nice bitter finish.Body seems to be a little watery and thin.Noticeable diacetly flavor hidden in there as well.Not bad,but not fantastic.Thanks for the bottle Brewblackhole!