tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours verry hazy with a bit of white head. Big sticky hop nose with a blend of pine and light citrus rinds. There’s a different kind of hop flavor here. There’s a bit of odd citrus with spearmint and pine. A mild caramel malt sweetness as well. The alcohol give this a birt of a pepper character as well. Medium body with an oil slickness. Average carbonation. Balanced finish with a lingering bitterness.
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep slightly hazy golden amber coloured body with a nice orange tint and a large dense tan head that leaves an amazing lace. Aroma of very potent hops, pine, flowers, citrus and a good dose of alcohol. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong astringent hop flavours up front and noticeable with a piney and citrus twist and a bit of rosemary. Aftertaste shows a plentiful assortment of hops, citrus and pine - no doubting those flavours. Overall, a strong double IPA - enough with this style though...a normal IPA would have been preferable! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, California on 18-May-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 20-July-2009.
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark hazy apricot pour with excellent one finger off white head. Aroma is pine, resin, and citrus with some bready caramel malt. Flavor is quite sweet with tons of spruce and evergreen notes backed by a strong citrus character. Palate is rich and full- excellent for the style. Dry finish. Excellent overall, never cloying or bearing of its alcohol.
PilsnerPeter (3031) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy deep copper orange color with lots of visible floaties and an off white film of head. Sweet zesty citrus aroma- lots of maltose and candy malt character. Plum and vanilla notes are there as well, but it remains rounded with underlying citric orangey hop notes. Slick & warming- very alcoholic feel but not thick or boozy, just slick. Upfront it has some candied citrus notes- then comes tons of sweet candied plummy notes and syrupy peach notes. Then there’s an abrupt piny bitterness that isn’t cohesive or well integrated. Lots of residual alcohol burn. Too sugary overall.
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enough with the malty stuff. 22 ounce bottle shared by GandGKevin at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Thanks! Pours a hazy light brown color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is earthy, herbal hops with some citrus notes. Taste is bitter, resiny hops with lemon and grapefruit notes. Some toffee as well. Full bodied.
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, grain, husks), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of sour apple, detergent, melon rind, bile.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
Smells and tastes like it’s got a mild (but unpleasant) infection. I had soured bottles of Santa’s Little Helper last year too (fresh off the shelf, mind you, not aged), maybe 60% of the bottles I bought were that way and the rest were delicious. Port must still be fighting microbes on the bottling line. Thankfully I’ve not had a bad Old Viscosity yet (knock on wood).
jrob21 (3048) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looking back at my rating for the 2nd anni and this one is incredibly similar at least from my deScription. It could be the fact that my deScriptions are not quite spot on but I do the best I can. Best I can think is that the hops are a bit more pronounced here but a very similar profile. Clear dark orange color with very delicate and light lacing all the way down. Aroma is spicy pine and a little bit of syrupy caramel. Sticky, resiny pine flavor with a bitter grapefruit finish is very nice. Decent sweetness that doesn’t over power and a full caramel malt body to add some balance to the experience. This is my prize for all the yard work I did this weekend.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011
Date: May 26, 2009
Source: South Bay Drugs, San Diego
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, fine off white head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet fruity orange and grapefruit aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of hop flavor, bitter grapefruit rind, citrus, orange, balancing crystal sweetness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Name: 5th Anniversary
Date: June 17, 2011
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: hazy orange, frothy off white head, sticky lace
Aroma: big sweet citrus aroma, crystal sweetness, grapefruit
Flavor: sweet crystal malt flavor, lots of citrus, big bitterness, fruity, sweet orange with a bitter orange rind
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yikes, hoppy! So good and so sweet hoppy and brutally bitter. I mean assertively bitter, as in it bites back hard when you take a fair sip. Great. Lots of citrus and lots of flowers. Flowers are everywhere and the citrus borderline burns. Great beer.
highibus (758) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a murky orange with nice fluffy off white head. piney aroma really begs for another smell. big bold hop flavor with just a hint of sweetness before the dry finish. i like it alot.