Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Light copper with a thick beige head that left nice lacing all down the glass. Intense aromas of citrus and pine hops dominate the nose. The flavor is pink grapefruit, orange marmalade, sour nectarines, wheat toast and honey. I found this to be a smooth, very drinkable beer-not nearly as bitter as the name implies.
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange color with a huge beige head. Mild hop and malt aroma. Nicely bitter flavor and long finish.
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yummy. Hazy, orange-brown color. Hops are definitely noticebly fruitier than other beers of comparable hopsiness that I’ve had. This beer packs a lot more flavor overall. On tap at Barley’s in Asheville, NC!
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orangey-copper with an orange-tinted tan head. Head is very creamy and lots of fine lace all the way down. Smells of citrusy hops and grapefruit. Lightly grassy.
Upon sippins, it is immediately crisp and bitingly bitter. Mellows (a bit) to an acidic citrusy flavor. Some floral hoppy flavors in there as well underpinned by a light caramel malt. Sweet in the middle and dry in the finish. A bold, full-bodied beer. Great hops! My mouth is happy from this brew. Very drinkable and tasty to my palate. My only disappointment is that I waited so long to try this out.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle- Bitter and Brutal are certainly two words that would describe this well. Pours cloudy orange like an IPA with a nice white head. Aroma had a lot of hops and citrus, graitfruit, and various other fruits. Taste was too bitter as the name suggests for my taste buds. I respect it, but it was not really my kind of beer.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange-copper body wears a good sized off-white foam, mostly lasting and displaying good lacing. Floral grapefruity citric nose, cascade like (though I suspect there’s more than that) reminds more of an IPA than anything else, but it has this earthy and sweet maltiness that reminds me of lost coast indica. It is indeed surprisingly bitter in mouth, but there’s a fair amount malty husky sweetness to keep it balanced. Finishes very dry, I’d be curious to try a fresh one as this bottle has quite a few months on it. Moderately high carbonation enhances the bitterness I feel and might be a bit lower, but solid overall oily textured mouthfeel. Quite an original one which I enjoyed more than I expected to and is considered such a classic that I’m surprised it’s the first time I enjoy it.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very strong perfume-like hop nose has notes of orange, apple blossom and grapefruit and a fairly strong supporting caramel malty sweetness. Hazy, murky, copper-amber body is topped with a dense, fine-bubbled, lasting, off-white head that leaves some nice lacing. Intense grapefruit and strong bitterness as well as a full, rich, earthy and caramel malt body suggest more of a strong pale ale than an ESB but regardless of style, it’s well-brewed and enjoyable. Blossom-like hop flavours last on the tongue with some lingering sweetness and the lasting bitterness. Grapefruit character becomes more dominant in the aroma flavour and after taste as it warms. Medium body that has a somewhat sticky texture tempered by a moderate, crisp carbonation that engages the tongue and cheeks. Tulip glass, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle (trade, Apr. 2005). Thanks, Olivier_MTL!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured copper with a lasting white head. Mild citric hop aroma with some earthy notes. Flavour is caramel / toffee balanced with hops. Theres a definate american influence, but not a bad try at an english styled strong bitter.
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Cloudy light amber with some citrus aroma. Bitterness is not brutal, its quite smooth.
bmd34202 (7) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2005 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have bitter bias and this one certainly delivered. Orange/Amber color. Citrus notes come through. Dry and hoppy. I really enjoyed this beer.