BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and enjoyed in my SN pint glass:
Poured a medium amber hue with a initial big frothy head which fades but produced a good amount of lace in it’s wake. The aroma has a sharp and juicy PNW blended hop character of pine, grass, herbs, and grapefruit with some bready and pale malts about. Even a touch of hop spice and pepper dancing around the edge. The taste is mostly as expected, hoppy and bitter with an okay balance of pale malt and a touch of pepper and herbal quality additionally for support. (I do wonder with hop is use for the dry hopping, I think it may be Simcoe). Anyway back to the review... The feel is crisp and dry, astrengent and woody aftertaste.
A solid offering in the overdone genre that is the staple of most breweries now daze, this one holds it own however. It is a big APA that borders on the level of IPA (or at least on IPA often found in the late 90’s). The 3rd of 4 Reaper beers I quite enjoyed, this is the little brother of Sleighor IMO which I am am going to drink after this just ’cause I wanna. Damn it Ratebeerians, get you some Reaper!
HogTownHarry (6302) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Slightly hazy orange with a small foamy white head. Mild, pleasant orange juice and mild hop aroma - simple. Simple taste too - orange juice, hops, mild alcohol, slightly woody - well-blended and nicely bitter in the medium finish. Perhaps a little weak bodied, but nice astringency, mild carbonation - just a solid session APA.
PorterPounder (6299) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
To start off, a bit overcarbonated, but that does not distract from this one. Dark orange appearance, light off-white head. Aroma of baking bread and a basket of oranges with a hint of olives to soften the sweetness. Hard to describe delectable hoppy taste to it. I rather like it. Not too subtle grapefruit hoppiness is the flavor that rings throughout.
blutt59 (6247) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, nice golden orange color, good fruity nose, bready grapefruit flavors and also a little hot on the palate, grapefruit and sweet prune finish
nimbleprop (6102) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an murky orange with a lacing, clumpy white head. Aroma was excellent, I poured it and walked away and could smell the piney, sticky hops five feet away. Initial flavor is crisp and clean, citrus and slightly malty. Bitter finish that’s slightly acidic in the throat.
Braudog (6024) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2004
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Exploded out of the bottle as 90% foamy head over a cloudy yellow orange ... super sweet and citric with little body. Based on the previous reviews and my previous Reaper Red, I'd say these guy have a serious quality control and consistency problem ... this one got away from them.
radagast83 (5819) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a orange color. Aroma is hoppy, with citrus (mainly grapefruit), with caramel malts. Flavor is mellow hops, with a nice malt balance. A very easy to drink beer that has a nice alcohol percentage.
JaBier (5652) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange copper with a medium white head. Sweet malt aroma with a hop balance. Hop flavor up front, but very acidic. Some yeast character as well.
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy light copper color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, sweet caramel malts as well. Taste was bitter grapefruit, lots citrus in this one, sweet caramel, and no alcohol. Crisp and refreshing pale ale.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5602) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 This is the first that I have tried a beer from this line. Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy bronze color with a huge tan head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with light spicy hops and definite grapefruit and pine elements. The flavor sadly does not live up to the promise of the appearance and aroma. The flavor is sour and nutty with dry floral and fruity hops. Far dryer than I had expected given the aroma. The mouthfeel was moderately thick.