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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Deep golden hued, with subtle hints of vanilla, clove, and cinnamon. Fruity, spicy, and warming with a complex but soft malt character. Editor’s Note: Limited edition summer seasonal for 2009 but pilot batches were available at fests and the brewpub prior to this release.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7620) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2010
22. Pours a cloudy dark golden amber with a dense and creamy platinum blond head that stick around for a little while, leaving a bit of cottony lace on its way down. Classic appearance but not particularly a cover girl shot. Dust, candi sugar, and a bit of sweet cream on the nose--very subdued. Smells like they picked the right yeast, and probably the right adjuncts, but dialed it back a bit. Pretty much par for the course with Redhook, that. Creamy medium body, lively carb. Oranges, green apples, sweet cream, and tons of white sugar on the mid-palate. Probably a bit too forwardly sweet and fruity, and not balanced enough. Nothing’s really wrong here, but the proportions are certainly strange, and that throws it far enough off to be trouble.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Bomber, thanks to a couple fine folks! Poured fairly clear medium orange with a slim cap of white head that didn’t stick around for too long. The aroma picked up pale and fruity malts topped by coriander, rye, and peppery yeast.. a little too much sweetness evident, but it did mask the alcohol. The flavor found fruit and biscuity sweetness at the core, again with lots of spices around (coriander, orange zest, and vanilla come to mind).. dry white peppery alcohol dominated the finish over scratchy, almost cardboardey pale malts and honey. Medium-bodied and hot overall with just too much spicage going on.. not bad, but I just couldn’t get into it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (7278) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
Bottle [650ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o garthicus. Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a small diminishing white head. Mild aroma is yeasty along with sweet malt, some fruit and spices. Flavour of sweet malt, alcohol, spices, candi sugar and fruit. Alcohol is quite prominent. Medium bodied. Too sweet and boozy, just O.K.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Pours a transparent deep orange copper with a thin ring of white head. Has a sweet sugary caramel malty nose with a hint of strawberries and alcoholic warmth. Starts with a good malty fullness and a biscuity sugary toffee flavor before a slightly yeasty and warming finish. Could be closer to style and more complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle:   Fiery amber, fairly clear, moderate frothy off-white head, light lacing, lighter carbonation.   Mealy sweet nose.   Pretty much what I expected, not bright nor floral, just this heavy sweet grassy breadiness.   Much the same on the tongue, heavy, warming... while not fiery you can certainly tell the 10% + ABV has some bite.   Heavy body, thick mouthfeel.   While I would give extra points on a beer for having a good body, this just is heavy with that mealiness I dont get in Belgian examples.   Thick, heavy, very bready.   Needs to be more floral and spritzy for me to really give a damn about it.   Not a really bad beer, but just like every other American example of the style.   Allagash is the only American one who seems to come even close.   Take that for what its worth.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6850) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2009
This beer was a very pleasant surprise and strikes me as being rather severely underrated on this site. Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright orange-amber color with a large orange-cream head. The aroma was strong candied fruit, sugar and yeastiness with just a touch of alcohol showing through. The flavor was strongly sugar with candied fruits - apple, pineapple and pear predominantly and a moderate yeasty undertone with faint hints of pepper. The finish was long, fruity and yeasty. The mouthfeel was thick and full. A touch of alcohol shows through on the finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Clear light amber with a white head. Nice fruity spicy yeasty candi sugar aromas. Medium body. Good candi sugar, earthy sweet malt flavors with some banana, clove and cinnamon in a warm finish. Reminiscent of their original Belgian style ale from days of yor, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6511) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
bottle, golden orange with light ring of foam, aroma of honeydew and candied sugar, flavors refined sugars, tropical fruits, bready, nice finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6385) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2009
Bottle. Poured with a nice orange-golden hue, shiny and still, yet with a formidable foam head. The aroma is of banana creme, expectant of a creamy delight. Although it’s not quite dessert-worthy, the beer still delivers -- tight with sharp yeasty goodness, a hint of spice, and a tickle of tropical fruit. (#3645, 8/19/2009)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
Bottle ( 22oz ). Shared by garthicus with me and blankboy. Clear amber, small white head. Sweet, boozy and thin aroma - an odd nuttiness, but mostly booze and sugary fruit. Taste - same, really strong alcohol, dry and yeasty, but in the background - really boozy. Thin, astringent, weakly carbonated, with a long dry, slightly sour finish. Ehhh - not great.

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