dougdecinces (116) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a brilliant, crystal clear amber with a large head that left good lacing. Just about perfect for a pale. Aroma was piney and floral hops. I found the aroma to be a bit lacking. Taste is moderately malty at the fore, but ends up kind of thin. This is definitely not a bad pale. I have no problem drinking it. It’s just kind of "meh".
574deadzone (844) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Should not have poured aggressively...huge fluffy, clumpy off-white head on this bad boy. Golden-copper-amber in color. Some earthy, refreshing herbal, grassy and slightly piney hop notes with almost some candy sweetness behind them. Catching some of the rye spice, but it’s not too powerful. Tastes moderately sweet, with a sharp, crisp bitterness. Palate is thinner, light-to-medium bodied, not a whole lot of effervescence, with a lingering tea like bitter finish. This is a good, sessionable pale ale with decent variety on the hops and nice character from the rye malt. It’s kind of a jack of all trades...it doesn’t knock anything out of the park, but it’s pretty good mostly. For a seasoned hophead, however, the name could seem a little misleading...
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper gold, head is very large, frothy, and very light tan in color. Fantastic head retention. Aroma is predominantly toffees and caramel with moderately light underlying spruce. Bitter flavor initially, and bitterness grows though the flavor profile - flavors are mostly leather, pine resin, and some very light grapefruit rind. Finish is lightly bitter with some graininess - perhaps rye? For as much malt is evident in the aroma, this is lacking malt balance in the flavor. Still, overall, this was tasty and I would have it again. There were no major flaws or off flavors. Thanks to Narnad yet again.
Chudwick (1712) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Copper with white head and thin lacing. Nose is hoppy as in pine or spruce. Taste is bitter but not so much. For something called a hop bomber this is more is a pea shooter. Inoffensive.
Acknud (1066) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not crisp and bitter enough for a pale ale but an ok drinker. Amber color and off white head. Nothing special.
LinusStick (2738) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Blah. Terrible pale ale. Drinkable at the very best. Aroma was thick but off. Ginger ale, burnt rubber and a hint of lemon. Pour was a nice clear dark amber with a thin off white ring for a head. Taste wasn’t nasty but was close. Malty with burnt bread and not much else. Could sense the rye spiciness which was the only saving grace of this mess. The hops appear sour in the aftertaste. Light carbonation.
jcwattsrugger (10922) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle-shared by decaturstevo-pours an off white head and amber color. Aroma is pine, secondary sweet light/medium malt. Taste is pine/herbal hops with some bite, secondary sweet light/medium malt.
daknole (8330) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour, light head. Some malty notes shine in the nose followed by some earthy hop smells. Flavor is refreshing, biscuits, hops. Not bad.
rangerred (841) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured out of a 12oz bottle.
Pours with a nice rocky 3 finger head. Excellent head retention and great lacing as well.
The smell is of caramel and toffee along with some earthy hops.
The taste is immediately dominated by an odd butterscotch flavor. Not sure if it is intentional or not but it gradually fades as the beer warms. The rye is detectable along with moderate hop bitterness and flavor.
The more I drank this beer the better it got. Still not sure if I would drink it regularly but it might be worth revisiting.
WabashMan (1006) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark, amber tinged orange with a nice, slightly off white head starts this beer and, in truth, this is the high point. A lovely appearance, but generally one dimensional in both aroma and taste. Nice flavor, but nothing remarkable. Dominated by a moderate hoppiness.