bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz glass poured into a pint glass (no hop cone).
APPEARANCE: Amber orange color that is hazy. Pour resulted in a slight head that dissipated into a ring around the glass with a little bit of skim.
TASTE First taste is medium sweet malt. The taste turns to light bitter then finishes much bitter. There is some floral taste in there.
PALATE: Medium bodies with a creamy texture.
OVERALL: Well balanced. A pretty decent beer. If you are into malty IPAís then this is a good one to try.
arkurzynski (1559) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep amber in color. To be honest, not much coming out in the nose. Skunky hops and sweet malts. Taste is worse. Soupy caramel malt, candy, and seaweed-hopping. Not sure if this went bad or what. Not digging this stuff.
AWISLguy (1382) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sendiks. (yes there was a hop cone in each bottle of the 6). Pours a hazy yellow-orange with lots of below-surface activity for no head. Aroma is sweet fruit, pine, a strong floral presence and some tangerine. Taste is sweet syrup, tart fruit (orange zest? grapefruit?), resin and an underlying maltiness. Finishes quite thick (despite all the under-surface activity) and syrupy with some bitterness. Alcohol is present but muted. The hop cone is a cool idea - it is almost like a final dry hopping on the pour. Very solid offering; not bad, nothing outstanding about it either.
blutt59 (6028) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, clear yellow with piney fruit cocktail aroma, flavor is similar with more maltiness and some smoke even
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Piney aroma. Appearance - orange - but with a freaking hop cone floating in the bottle - how can you not give the appearance a 5!! I thought the sweetness was a little heavy - offset the bite a little too much. Regardless, an excellent beer - a couple is all I would be able to handle at one sitting.
arminjewell (6323) - lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy orange with nice lasting white head. The bottle literally contains a whole hop cone...poured through it on the way into the glass. Big chewy citrus, pine, resin, touch of caramel, sweet tropical fruit notes as well, with a touch of earth in there. Taste is big, bold, bitter and harsh, with notes of pine and resinous bitter, some citrus, spicy earth, touch of tropical fruit. Fantastic, almost perfect example of an IIPA for me, wish I could have had this fresh.
crossovert (7738) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I just have to chuckle a little at this beer, there was a whole hop cone floating in the bottle, that is classic.
Pours a darker looking red/amber. The head is off white and bits of hop can be seen floating around. LAcing is nice.
Smell is hoppy and alcoholic, very floral and piney. Sweet scented malt is in there too.
This is more like a barely wine. Very alcoholic, very sweet, not cloying though. The hop bitterness lies subtly under the alcoholic sweet taste form the malts. The hop taste is very vegetal here and there is almost a milkiness ot the mouthfeel. The alcohol and malts create a sweet, somewhat fruity flavor in the finish, almost like a quad, along with some bitterness.Tastes similar to a more palatable 120 minute IPA.
The alcohol isnít well hidden in this one, that combined with the sweetness makes this one not the most drinkable brew, it is a very good winter-style IPA/Barleywine though.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-09-2009 03:50:09
pkbites (693) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark gold body, little head. Floral/caramel/hoppy aroma.. the cone floater was the savior. If you donít like this, you like crap like Miller Lite.I.E. you is a looser!!!!!!!
Trev (1956) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Skyview for this bottle. What a treat.
orange-amber pour with no real head.
I actually got 2 and a 1/2 hop flowers in this one!
Piney hop aroma, caramel, and butterscotch
Flavour has more of the same piney hop lighter citrus tones. Not as intense as I thought it might be. Caramel, maltiness balances well. No hint of the 9% alc. Getting a little bit of a buttery hint though. Didnít think this was oaked...?
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - DEC 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
HUGE HUGE beer. Lots of Cirus and Pine with a big slab of malt body. The hop cone was a plesant surprise after it blocked my initial pour then plopped in to my glass and lovely to suck on whilst drinking this delight. Everything i love from a good DIPA. Big thanks to Skyview for this extra!