blipp (8030) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Pours amber with a beige head. Toffee and candy malts, big and juicy, with citrus fruits, dank and earthy notes, and a big and long bitter hoppy finish. A little too over the top, but still pretty good.
Nejhleader (1444) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2013 Loved the name. Lots going on here, has a nice body, strong presence of dark fruits, not as hoppy as one might think, but a tasty brew. Downside was that the alcohol became a bit too noticeable after a few sips and degraded what could have been a great brew
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden. They are not really sure what style this should be under, neither am I. I think it is pretty close to an extremely hoppy barleywine so that is what I am adding it as.
A - Pours deep amber orange with a small half finger tall off white head, dissipating down to a light film, leaving sticky trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of pungent citric hops, fresh cut grass, caramel malt sweetness and plenty of booze. The hops are strong initially however the sweetness and booze really take over as it sits in the glass.
T - Starts off with some intense caramel and toffee sweetness that never really fades away. A hint of the hop bitterness helps to break up the intense sweetness but it does little to tone it down. Not a ton of booze initially but it only grows stronger as it warms up. Finish is quite sweet with lots of booze, lingering for quite awhile after the finish.
M - Super sweet with tons of maltiness. It is borderline overpowering how much malty sweetness this one packs. The booze is pretty strong from start to finish.
O - It kind of tastes like a super hoppy barleywine mixed with lots of sweetness and booze. It smells decent enough but the taste / feel are kind of tough to stomach after it warms up. I am all for crazy beers but this is a little over the top.