drfabulous (4411) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruit in the aroma. Lots of malt. Caramel. Nice. A Trpel Pale Ale - whatever that means. Who cares. This is a damn good beer. Rating number 1000 scores big. And my wife just took some!
cheap (4382) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2009
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
An extravagant thanks goes out to cool josh from beer advocate for this special brew! Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 7/9/2009 Pittsburgh RB tasting extravaganza (PGHRBEXT) at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I see a spread of bottles like I did there. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we served! For example, how about this beer: vortex, yewow! Smell is cloyingly sweet and alarmingly weird hops. Cloudy light iced tea in color. Some carbonation greets the tongue. However, this stuff is strong and alky, wew. Way too much for this lager lover. I think my taste buds are getting sucked into the vortex of a tornado tempest. Strong, chewing green grapefruit rinds soaked in alky. I don’t really know if this is beer or not except for the hops. Very, very triple hoppy. Did I say this was hoppy? Certainly terribly on style.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy copper color with an off-white head. Sweaty citrus hop aroma with a sweet malt base. Sweet malt flavor. The finish is long and moderately bitter. Medium bodied.
unclemattie (4318) - Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Thirsty Monk. Orange pour. Aroma of pale malts, sugar, earth. Tastes of cereal malts, earth, paper hops. (3907)
nick76 (4299) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma very hoppy and sweet with citrus and pine as well as brown sugar. The appearance is amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall it’s interesting but a bit too astringent for me.
travita (4282) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is hoppy, bubblegum, floral, fruits, malts, and caramel. The look is copper and has a nice beige colored head. Clear. The taste is malts, caramel, hops, and floral.
emacgee (4241) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at barleys asheville. Pours a nice copper gold with some haze. Creamy offwhite one finger head. The nose is very citrusy, malty, sweet background, mildly spicy, less upfront aroma when compared to flavor, some raw mushroom. The flavor is spicy, grapefruit rind, mango, mild phenol, citrusy, sweet malt. Nice spicy grapefruit rind bitterness.
jkwalking05 (4082) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber with a large off-white head. Aroma is of bubble gum, citrus, apricot, spices, pine and hops. Taste is of hops, pine, grass and earth.
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Barley’s in Asheville. Pours a deep amber with a small white head. Nose has a nice caramel malt sweetness along with bitter and grassy, fresh floral hops. Good crisp and bitter mouthfeel with a nice bitter, yet balanced, finish. Alcohol pretty well hidden. This kind of reminded me of what 90 minute tasted like 5 years ago. The write-up at the bar says they used 1/8oz of hops per pint of beer. They are such hippies!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Bruisin Ales, Asheville, generously schlepped back to me via emacgee (or, as I like to call him, Commander Douchecanoe). Nice looking pour, cloudy and frothing like something ladeled from a wizard’s cauldron. Sharp and piney aroma, but not quite as complex as one would like (no soft floral notes to balance, for example). I found much the same to be the case with the flavors, which suffer from an overly aggressive use of sugary malts. Solid.