J_man (619) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear amber/mahogany with an off-white head. At first I didnít detect any aroma from this at all, but as it warmed up it finally released milk chocolate and woody aromas. Some of that milk chocolate follows in the taste but quickly turns to bittersweet and dark chocolate, espresso, and an astringent dryness. This has a light body and some characteristics of a schwarzbier except this is on steroids. A surprising grapefruit and citrus pith bitterness quickly envelopes the tongue and holds on through the finish. Strong charred grain/wood flavors and bitterness are present too. Some dark/bittersweet chocolate remains in the aftertaste. All of this bitterness somehow makes this seem like itís higher than 6.5% ABV, but itís fairly easy to drink overall. This beer definitely evolves as it warms up, so donít drink it too cold or too fast!
milewide (1315) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, dark brown color with minimual head. Nice citrus aroma and taste. Only average bitterness. Roasted malt flavor is evident.
Smurf2055 (1052) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a finger of tannish head and decent retention. Smell is malty and a bit of blueberry, small hoppiness. Taste is floral, bitter, and a small smokey finish. Not exactly what I expected, but not bad.
wlajwl (3321) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is hops/fresh cut grass and a hint of dark malts. The flavor is a mix of hops/grass and roasted dark malts. The grass in the aroma and flavor was unexpected in this style; this wasnít bad but kind of odd and not great.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Safeway in Lynnwood, WA (IIRC). Pours a dark brown with foamy head that is best described as a darker cream color. Aroma: Roasted malt and hops. Flavor: Same as the aroma, with a hint of coffee.
poisoneddwarf (1478) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from a six pack bought at Grocery Outlet. I had to rate a dark IPA right after the white IPA I just drank. Aroma is pretty standard black IPA, dark roasty malts juxtaposed with citrusy hops; coffee, bread, grapefruit are accounted for. This one seems to lean a little more towards the dark roasty malt character than hoppy IPA. Pours dark dark brown to black with reddish tints; has a collapsing beige head. As in the aroma, the taste leans more toward a porter flavor than IPA, which I have no problem with. Has a nice roasted coffee flavor profile. Starts sweet and finishes with a lingering bitterness. Carbonation is average and the body is a little on the thin side. Iím pleasantly surprised by this beer. It really caught me off guard. Iíve been let down by Pyramid a lot during the last 5-8 years or so. They seem to have been having an identity crisis during that time. Their packaging changes moreso than any other brewery I can think of. Most of their portfolio is extremely boring. This is the best beer to come from them in a long time I think.
Ron (2182) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Macgreggorís. Dark mahogony beer with a tan head. Grapefruit and light caramel aroma. Grapefruit and light roast flavor with light chocolate. Medium bodied. Nice bitterness. Grapefruit and light pine lingers with lighht roast and light chocolate.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized frothy brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of chocolate malts with herbal and citrus hops. The taste is bitter roasted malts, chocolate, herbal hops, some nuttiness. Medium bodied.
takelondon (15) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into a tulip, very dark appearance and tan head. Not much from the aroma other than malt and hops, though it had a much more robust profile of the malts and hops than other IPAs. Taste was mostly bitter with a long finish and thin slick mouthfeel. An interesting IPA with less of the massive hop flavor.
blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - APR 20, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is very weak. Slightly malty but nothing really stands out. Pretty disappointing considering this is a good beer. The appearance is unique. It looks like pepsi but when held up to a light it reveals a nice crimson opaqueness. Taste is a bit insipid really. but still pleasant. A very decent representation of the style but itís a bit watery tasting. Flavors of burned bacon, hoppy bitterness etc. yeah this one isnít really standing out to me. Decent beer for the buck.