CraftBeerLvr41 (44) - Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: A light colored brown ale, more of a real dark red. Brilliantly clear. Nice thin bubbly white head that doesn’t linger too much. Great lacing
S: Really interesting and unique aroma, smells of some grapefruit and earthyness, grape with faint cherry/raspberry with a smell of a chocolate covered strawberry. Some roast and plastic as well.
T: Nice bitterness upfront then fades with a grape, chocolate roast, with faint cherry and plastic like qualities, and earthy. which fits the profile nicely. Alcohol noticeable.
M: For a brown ale not overly sweet, nice and crisp. Alcohol burn on the tongue.
O: Nice change of pace from the DIPA’s, and interesting take on a brown ale.
jtclockwork (6938) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown with tan head. Nose and taste of toffee malt, caramel, grapefruit, coffee, resin and citrus. Finishes with a touch of toast and pine resin. Very hoppy for the style. Works pretty well. Medium body.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Jerry’s. Clear brown with good, frothy beige head, decent lacing / Nose of roast grain, chocolate, pine, citrus / Medium to full body, biting hops, some sweetness, good balance with lots of bitterness on finish / Flavors of chocolate, caramel, pine, weed, grapefruit, orange rind / Excellent flavor profile, very double ipa like with big hop bite.
Damico (2309) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is juicy, unique orange like Nelson hop notes. After that though, I realize that this blend is not my style unfortunately, I really wanted to like it. The flavor brings big root flavors with biting raw Nelson not settling well on my palate.
jmagnus87 (2185) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a clear nut brown with less than a finger of khaki head. Aroma is loads of citrus and a little toffee. Taste is light bitter. Citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of toffee. Full bodied with a slightly sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, awesome. Another homerun from Pipeworks.
jkwood04 (3263) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of lightly roasted, nutty, and chocolate malts plus some floral and fruity hop notes and light alcohol. Flavor the same with a decent blend between the brown ale and the NZ hops. Average texture. A weird but interesting beer. Not bad but not great.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle served in PW snifter: Pours a medium brown with a nice head and good lace. The aroma has notes of roast, toffee, caramel, vanilla, white wine, piney resin and some initial Diacetyl esters. The taste has a lovely roasted bready malt character with a clash of unique hop bitterness and undertones. It took me a bit to get used to it but then I really dug the complexity. Overall I would gladly drink this again but must say the buttery notes are a tad alarming since I have found them in a few of the latest offerings.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Patty and Jay’s Mead Party. Thanks! Pours a nice deeper brownish hue, a bit darker in the middle. Some gentle brownish glow on the edges, touches of orange and but brown. Decent frothy offwhite head dies down to a mellow frothy layer, laces small. Aromas are a firmer hopping, Nelson meet brown malts, touches of toast, earth, and gentle spiciness. Firmer dryness meets some biscuits, gentle toastiness, mellow spice. Initial is a bit toasty, medium bodied meets a firm touch of creaminess, toast, caramel. Some gentle spice, firmer hopping. Decent creaminess, not spicy, with some mellow hops. Brown malts, some caramel, gentle toast. Sweetness and a bit of girth in the body. Backend a bit spicy, firm brown malt and earthy. Sweeter caramel, some earthy, pretzels and toffee. Finish is a bit hoppy, still some girth. Not bad.
ryecatcher (617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a hazy, medium-dark brown with a big off-white head, really nice retention and wicked lacing. Nose is citrus hops (grapefruit), resin and toffee, hint of dried dates. Mouth is big caramel, malty brown sugar, cocoa, grapefruity hops, chewy pumpernickel, raisins. Very nicely balanced and not much bitterness (which is surprising given the nose leads with hops). Really, really nice brown. One of my new favorites.
Imperial_Scout (357) - Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light brown with off white head. Nose is of strong dank/pine hops. Taste is of the pine hops,some caramel. Really smooth this out but the hop if very prevelant. Really different brown that is worth the try. Good stuff.