Ratman197 (10726) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a cloudy golden amber with a small offwhite head. Aromas of pine, carmel, orange and bread. Palate was smooth,a little resiny and dry. Flavors of bitter orange peel , pine, bread and a hint of carmel.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bright pale copper, thin layer of egg-shell white head. Candied orange aroma; flowery, spicey. Very pretty hop flower this Crystal. Flavor is initially orange peel bitterness. That rind flavor that coats your mouth in a somewhat dominating way. In subsequent tastes, the bitterness begins to blend with the rest of the flavors and a bit of unassuming malt sweetness comes through. Fairly light body, but the chewy quality of the hops makes it feel thicker. This is certainly one of the more fragrant beers I’ve had in a long while. I’m a bit disappointed though--the balance is off, with just too much chewy bitterness not enough backbone, taking this from Epic Status to just pretty good.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Hazy ambery pour. Fairly hoppy aroma, with definite citrus and grassy notes. Medium amount of malty flavors. If the purpose is to showcase the hops, then I’m not sold on adding more of a amlt backbone to it. Strong bitter finish. Good beer.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 [bottle] Pours a nice amber/orange color, with a decent head. Sweet, hoppy aroma. Flavors are malty on one end, bitter on the other (as expected). Kind of a let-down, I had higher expectations.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a good beer, but I guess I was expecting a little more. It had plenty of bitterness, but felt a little thin in the mouth. Not very full bodied at and didn’t have much to it. Perhaps I’m just too spoiled with all of the barleywines, stouts, and IPAs that I ususally drink.
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
sweet cirtus nose, intense bitter mouth with sour orange/grapefruit overtones. Bubbly head with very nice lacing. This is a great beer. I wish I knew the enthaol content and as an earlier poster mentioned, the production or shelf date.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours hazy copper with a creamy, light-tan head that left remarkable lacing. Aroma is dominated by American C-Hops: flowers, grapefruit, pepper and pine. Flavor is nicely bitter. A crisp & strong malt profile helps tame the 59 IBU’s of hops very well, but the C-hops still take center stage. Rogue’s proprietary yeast is more sublte in this ale, with only a bit of that ’peppered plum’ characteristic coming through in the middle of a sip. Full-bodied, moderately-carbonated with a dry finish. A great ale.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
this bottle was a little on the old side. there was no freshness date on the bottle but the store tagged it back in april, and it was not refrigerated.......anyway, the beer was not as crisp and puckery as the last time i had it, very cloudy orange color. heavy grapefruit in the aroma, less grapefruit in the taste than i remember, and less bitterness. also tasted a little roasted tobacco, faint coffee, a hint of cardboard......great beer......it is the shiznit-o-bam if you can get it fresh.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Small head that dissipates slowly. Honey opague coloring murky. Bitterness hits you upfront the malts tone it down throughout. Slight sweet citrus taste. At the end the bitter aftertaste makes its presence known.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange color with thick fluffy white head. Great aroma, very fragrant. Hoppy, but not over the top. Taste is grapefruit hop with some malt. Acidic, not in a bad way, but in that good Rogue way. Nice bitter finish. Seems more similar to a west coast IPA than an English Bitter, but this is good.