Suttree (4866) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2008 It didn’t taste very hoppy. But to be fair, I didn’t detect an otter character, either. Sort of a grassy, toffee-ish, grassy aroma. There is a subtle, woody English note. Not bad, but I bet it’s a lot better on cask...
Sample at the Raleigh WBF
mar (4591) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to blutt59. great amber pour with no head. malts with a slight hop scent. very malty with a hop bitterness flavor in the finish. easy on the palate and on the way down.
notalush (4583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
You gotta love the symmetry of this beer’s name - anyway, this is a pretty interesting ale - looks like your standard british IPA or bitter, but it’s anything but - according to the label, this is also brewed with wheat, oats, rye, and spelt, which explains to interesting eccentricities - the oats are quite apparent in the aroma, along with some earth marris otter character, and a bit of nuttiness - grassy american hops hit the tongue first, but after that the british ale yeast and malts take over, and serve as a base for the added ingredients - rye is most noticeable, and the oats add their presence a bit - some caramel sweetness and nutty character arrive late - interesting herbal, almost tea-like notes in places - a unique and tasty brew - now I need to try some of their other offerings.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective tasting on 12/10/08: Pours a cloudy amber with a minimal head. Dank aroma of tart fruit and hops. More malt than hop in the flavor and is also pretty tart. Not great.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle - $4.99 at Bullock’s in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, dark amber body with an inch of frothy, off-white head.
Smell: Bready, caramel-coated malt aroma with some sweetish, fruity hints and supporting hop notes of citrus and spruce tips.
Taste: Malts coming across as sugary sweet, chewy caramel candy with a distinct breadiness to it. Pleasant estery fruitiness. Spicy rye grain tickles the tongue. Surprisingly hoppy for an English beer, with a nice pop of citrusy, sprucy hop character and plenty of bitterness. Finishes quite dry with a lingering touch of fruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A nice surprise! Pleasant, well-balanced, and enjoyable. I cleared through the bottle in record time.
RichardGretton (4154) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Still looking very thickly bodied amber beer with very little head. The aroma is well hopped, and the flavour is very well hopped and slightly floral. Overall a nice well hopped and bitter beer.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is happy and sweet with a caramel malt but it’s papery too. The appearance is amber with a small head. The flavor is bitter and sweet being somewhat disappointing. The palate is thin but well carbonated. Overall it’s not that bad but not great either.
radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brought from Georgia by a friend. Pours a deep dark orange color with a frothy, white head. Aroma is citrus, floral, and almost sweet malt. Flavor is rich, hop bitterness, with a lasting finish. Great beer.
Bullit (3823) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Hazy dark orange colour, white bubbles. Aroma is caramel, toffee, a bit hoppy. Flavour is sweet caramel malts, pine, flowery. Thick bodied, a bit barley wine-esque. Sweet and slightly dry finish. Enjoyable.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A somewhat soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, faintly orange tinged, red-copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is nicely hoppy and expressive enough to be noticeable as I am visually inspecting the beer. Aromas of orange zest, milk-weed, a definite herbal edge and some grassiness. This has a sharp, grassy / herbal note that doesn’t quite work, but it is muted enough that it doesn’t hold back the aroma too much.
This has a nice, soft mouthfeel to it that is picked up just a bit by a tickle of carbonation. Distinct flavors of freshly grated orange zest is backed by a grassy / herbal hop component. The malt, which definitely plays a secondary role here, provides a touch of caramelized sweetness that accentuates both the citrus notes and a touch of berry like flavors, it also picks up a touch of toffee in the finish along with a soft, toasty grain note. The beer finishes with a slightly green, sort of mint-like, lingering hop bitterness that is fairly soft for an American IPA, but is at perfect levels to provide a hop focused balance to the finish of this beer. I really like the texture of this beer, it has a light carbonation (especially by American standard), which really helps to boost the velvety texture of this beer.
A tasty beer, and it is perhaps the hoppiest beer I have had out of England (this last isn’t saying much as my experience is woefully inadequate in this regard). The hop notes seem a touch green around the edges and this detracts just a bit; a touch more sharp, almost astringent and under-ripe somehow than I would prefer.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ