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 (6159) - 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 thereís 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 thereís a fair amount malty husky sweetness to keep it balanced. Finishes very dry, Iíd 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 Iím surprised itís the first time I enjoy it.
tiggmtl (4545) - 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, itís 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.
doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Obvious Malty, bread battered, yeast drenched, soaked in citrus flavor, and a crazily intense bitter finish. My personal preferences aside, this is a complex and quality driven ale. John Maier has really taken bitterness to a whole new level... one frightening question: Could this ale be too brutally bitter? Possibly!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cool cloudy orange color with a generous head and lacing all the way down. This beer is confusing to me and maybe Iím not ready to rate this for all itís qualities, but where does and IPA end and an ESB begin. This beer has way more in common with a Stone IPA than it does a Fullers ESB. I did detect a slight flavor of old vegetables that I always get from an ESB but not before it was quickly sqashed by the familiar citrus hop proflie of a great IPA. Malt, bread, yeast, sweet citrus, bitter finish is how I would describe this beer. Very good just confusing for the style.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Poured cloudy orange with a decent head.Aroma is mostly hops, dusty malt and some yeast.. Flavour is sweet, malty, fruity, hoppy and a touch stale. Yeasty.
Cows9 (41) - Dumont, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is really malty with a bit of fruit. Malts up front but bitter hops kick in. Just the right touch of bitterness. Nice beer