yngwie (16523) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, 0.65ltr. Almost clear, golden beer with an off-white head. Lots of hops in the aroma, which donít surprise me for a beer of 59 IBUís. Thereís also sugar, pinecones and some citrus. The flavor is a bit one-tracked, with mostly hops, but citrus and sweetness was also present. It feels lightly sticky and sweet in the mouth, quite full-bodied. Long finish with lots of hops. A beer I wonít be refusing to sample again. (060704)
runaway (81) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had a pint of this on tap two weeks ago with lunch at Brouwerís in Seattle and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was pleasantly surprised to find a six pack at Big Star Beer Market last Friday.
The bottle (third one, I didnít take notes the for the first and the second went to a friend) poured a beautiful golden-orange color - evenly clouded, due to fine particulate and a persistent but reasonable carbonation. The moderate white head quickly dispersed into thin patches and minimal lacing. Did I mention the beautiful color? Iíd give this a 6 for appearance if I could. The aroma smells sprucey and citrusy.
Light bodied and hoppy, but the sweetness of the malt comes through along with a pleasant spiciness. The hops arenít overpowering but remind me of an IPA and linger in the long lasting finish. Extremely well balanced.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle. Pours a deep amber with a thin head that didnít stick around too long. Mild aroma of flowery hops and a maltiness in the background. Because of the name I was expecting a more hoppy/bitter taste, but this is a well balanced beer. The initial hop taste is immediately mixed with a malt sweetness to nicely balance the flavors. A very enjoyable beer.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
from an IM conversation:
(01:32:22) me: wow this beer is so much better than i expected it to be
i havenít tasted it yet. i figured itíd be another shitty rogue beer that i kinda like. so much more caramel than youíd expect. at this (very cold) temperature itís almost a barleywine in aroma. not much head, but i love the orange red opaque beer. it looks like what i want my IPAs to look like. up to the light itís a super late sunset orange. wow, definitely tastes a lot different. way less complex than i was expecting. kinda light bodied, not much happening at all. definitely bitter, but based on smell i wasnít expecting that. must be some hop iím not too familiar. crystal the description says. not familiar with it. it might be one of the most straightforward bitter beer iíve ever had. i have to say i was shocked to see it at 3.75 rating when i logged on - but that was before i even smelled it. if ever ESB was like this i would like the style. this is good. well, 22oz is kinda big. iím starting to get tired of it and wonder where the complexity is. the more i look, the more bad things i find, like a tiny aluminum taste at the beginning of the finish.
MiP (15304) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy golden colour, small head. Slightly fruity aroma. Dryish, teaish flavour. Dusty, teaish aftertaste. Medium to high bitterness.
vyvvy (5888) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark hazy orange with nice sized soapy beige head that turns very patchy. Nice spruce and perfume hops on the nose with light caramel malt in the background. Medium body with mostly soft carbonation. Starts with a dry toffee-like malt that is then joined by some spicy hops. The finish is a union of many flavors - generous dry toffee malt and lots of hops elements (sprice, light wood, citrus, etc). This reminds me of a British ESB mixed with West Coast.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy brown orange with small particulates and a decent white head. The nose is really wonderful on this beer with big flowery and slightly fruity hops stretched over a smooth malt backbone. The aroma reminds me slightly of the DFH 90 Minute IPA, really nice. Thereís a really pleasant foam and mouthfeel in general to this beer. Good texture. The bitterness is decidedly brutal! A well rounded caramel malt with light malt is quickly overshadowed by the big hops. Extremely flowery, kind of like an uber-Cascade. the bitterness just lingers on in an almost annoying, but still enjoyable way. One can also begin to detect the effects of alcohol over time. The flavor is something like a SNPA on steroids. I really enjoyed this. The addition of swirled yeast really mellow this beer out, especially the brutality of the bitterness, lending creaminess as well.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy dark orange color with a small-medium white head. The aroma is heavy on both malt and hops, plus apple and bread. The flavour is just big hops, big bitterness, some fruit. Bitterness lasts foer a long time.
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber - Pours a dark amber in color with a big foamy off-white head that stuck around for a while. Aroma is nicely hoppy with quite strong citrus/grapefruit tones. Flavor is surprisingly malty and the Maris Otter Caramalts makes it almost nutty (mild). Bitterness is there, but does not detract from the enjoyment of this beer. Hop flavor is also stong with the same grapefruit hop flavor coming through the strongest. Finish is clean, bitter and fairly long lasting. A very good beer...
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful deep amber with an aroma of bready grapefruit. Flavor is a nice, subtle bitter hops with light grapefruit. Palate is waaaaaay too watery and thin for such an aesthetically pleasing brew. Overall, itís a great beer but hardly worth "brutal" in the title. Iíd have more.