jzzbassman (1567) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a rust color with a minimal cream head and good lacing. Very piney aroma, with a bit of a medicinal whang. Flavor os hoppy up front, with a dry bitter finish. Excellent with the ribs I had.
milewide (1990) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2007 Very bitter, but well balanced with fruity flavors. Cloudy orange color. Fine brew I want again.
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange golden in colour with a large off-white head. This is a very nice bitter. Notes of hops, pines, citrus and herbs.
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - SEP 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2006 Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a foamy white head that sticks around. Slightly floral aroma with enough of a hop smell to let you know what you’re in store for. Flavor is deliciously bitter and hoppy, yet balanced. Leaves a nice bitter after taste. This is a terrific brew that will appeal to IPA fans. My favorite of the 10 or so Rogue brews I’ve tried.
Diogčne (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 660ml bottle at Pub Italia, Ottawa. Hazy orange with a minimal white head. Aroma is a ton of hops, citrusy and herbal. Taste is earthy and malty with a long bitter aftertaste and a medium body.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 22 oz bottle from local grocer. Pours a semi-hazy copper with a large foamy head. Mellow floral/herbal hoppy aroma, perhaps some Noble and local hops combines? Thin to medium body. Average carbonation. Flavors start out with some sweet vanilla/toffee malt flavors, then move to a nice British hoppiness, and finish with some northwest orange/grapefruit hops. A bit of a metalic finish/aftertaste. All the while working well together in a true English ESB fashion with a Pac NW kick, not overly bitter, just a nice mellow drink with a decent kick in the end.
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap - Pours copper with a thin, fading head. The aroma mild and hoppy. The flavor has moderately intense citrus hops and a good malt balance. The medium body works well on the palate and leads into a substantially bitter finish.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really enjoyed this brew. The look is enticing: a copper-orange haze with a white head that didn’t last. I was struck by its opaqueness most of all. The nose is somewhat faint, but dominated by citrus hop, most notably a strong grapefruit note. The taste is much the same; not necessarily a hop-explosion as the the beer is kept in-sync and balanced by a malt presence. Finish is bitter as expected (and desired). The palate on this brew, as others have noted, is striking and sets it apart: not watery at all, I found it to be exceptionally thick for a bitter, almost coating the tongue. Easily the most exceptional part of the entire beer.
Bajahobo (30) - USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Bottle. Looks murky, with a copper body and a nice thin white head. Aroma is hugely hoppy, with hints of grapefruit. Flavor does not betray the scent - as this beer is exceptionally bitter from start to finish. The real surprise is how complex (and thick) the body remains. I think I’m picking up mostly grapefruit and lemon tones, but it tastes like there’s something else there. Rogue has a real winner here.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured an oragne gold with a massive off-white head. Hops evident in the aroma pleasantly simple floral notes. Bitter throughout but not any notably impressive flavor nor any awe inspiring bitterness. The finish was rich and smooth.
Perhaps my bottle was a little old, will have to re-rate if I can get on draft or a fresher bottle.