skortila (5240) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of floral hops, more american syle. Taste is bitter, bit sweet. Floral hoppy, with some malt and citrus, quite nice. Not much balance due to heavy hopping. However quite tasty. Medium body.
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. So, really an English malt with a German-derived hop. Smells like German hops when I pour. Cloudy coppery, with a spongy head that collapses from the inside rather than dwindling. A closer smell brings a more familiar Rogue hoppiness; more piney and a bit grasy than citrusy. Thatís the first taste. The next taste brings back the sharpness of German bittering, abetted by pinprickly bubbles. Would be a great session beer if the alcohol was a bit less noticeable. But a great beer. For newbies, the best intermediate step between pilseners and IPAs.
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely faint aroma of cascade hops. Pours a cloudy, dark yellow with a thin white head. Great lacing. Excellently balanced taste with a medium body and just the right amount of carbonation. Palate has depth - a quick, crisp flash of citrusy hops before a slick finish that unfolds around the tongue and mouth with appropriate bitterness. Itís anything but brutal. Thoroughly enjoyed this one and would definitely buy again.
jeffdog22 (23) - lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle...caramel sweet and hoppy aroma...smallish head...very balanced: nice malt but pretty hoppy...excellent rich mouthfeel...bitter finish...nice beer
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. I have been very hesitant to try a beer out of the Rogue brewery. I was very surprised by this beer. Dark yellow in color with a very limited head. Aroma is of floral hops, a bit sweet. The finish is not an overpowering bitterness, but very enjoyable.
JohnnyJ (5370) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 Pours a cloudy semi-dark gold with offwhite head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of hops. Flavors of caramel, malt, some citrus and grassy flavors, and finishs with some hops. An enjoyable ESB.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice tan gold color with a fluffy head that died about 1/3rd through my glass, but left a small amount of lacing. The second glass from the bottle, however, was a hell of a lot cloudier. I guess thatís because a lot of the wheat malt settled down? Hmm....Anyway, the aroma has a slight fruit candy sweetness, but the floral hops are the main focus. The taste upfront starts with a bit of citrus and light malt flavor, but the real highlights are in the finish. Thatís where the medium bready flavors begin, followed by roastiness, and then the lingering (but not IIPA-overpowering) hop bitterness. I like the way the tastes progress and that my second glass was very different from the first, but the flavors could have been slightly better IMO. Maybe even a bit more maltiness? Anyway, I enjoyed this beer, more complex than I was expecting.
DarkMagus (501) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden amber color with a thick foamy head. Sweet, predominantly hoppy aroma, balanced by a delicious maltiness and a hint of caramel and honey. Flavors are powerfully hoppy but with a sweet malty and fruity... finishes with an intense hoppiness. Pretty good.
MPA (942) - Amager (form. NÝrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - AUG 31, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy orange/amber with big, offwhite head. Caramel, citrus, and hops in aroma. Taste is slight malt, a lot of citrus and hops. Not so brutal though.
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful dark honey color with small and shortlasting head. The aroma is the strongest honey scent Iíve ever smelled from a beer. Very sweet, very poignant. Medium carbonation activity. The taste starts sweet, goes malty smooth, and ends with a very hoppy and piney finish. It leaves the tongue bitter, and to me, thatís a drawback to this otherwise great bitter.