theOptimator (368) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is citrus hops and caramel. Appearance is dark brown with a tint of orange. Small head that lingers and laces well. Taste is pineapple, grapefruit hops forward with sweet dark maltyness following. Caramel. Hops and malt well balanced. Wheat present. Palate is medium+. Hops flavor lingers. Not overly bitter but plenty of hops flavor. Spicy hops linger on the palate like I havent tasted before. Overall, an intereting beer. Hides its alcohol very well. I like the maltiness of this beer but it is almost garbled or not coming together. I really like what they have done with the hops in this beer though, very unique. I think this could be a great beer with a little tweaking..... but IMO something is a little off.
marcus (9238) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a thick tna head and a toffee aroma. There is a complex nutty dark malt flavor that reflects characteristics of the various grains used. Theextensive hopping produces a dry bitter finish.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a clear, dark amber color with a small off-white head, leaving some mild lacing.
S: A lot of sweet caramel malt along with some brown sugar. A mild citrus aroma helps to cut through the sweetness.
T: Despite a very sugary nose, the sweetness was fairly restrained. The caramel and brown sugar come through, but so do some nice citrus and fruit flavors. The hops don’t really provide any bitterness here, which I could have used a touch of.
M: The body is medium to full with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: A touch more bitterness and this one would have been a lot better. It was still good as it is, but seemed to be missing something.
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, poured a dark auburn with a tan head. Aroma of garden-earth, fruit and vegetables. Flavor as quite different from the aroma, except for a vegetable element. Caramel, vanilla, bread and cocoa. Slightly sweet. Not a fan of the aroma.
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yeah it was different and it was great. it was DEAD all the way through. Very unique.
bb (8637) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Bronze beer with a light tan head. Light pine aroma with light toasty malt. Light grapefruit/pine flavor with toasted and caramel malts. Medium bodied. Piney/earthiness lingers with some light caramel.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Beachwood with BMan1113VR. Pours dark red with a tan head. Nose is slightly spiced wiht some malty and fruit. Taste is hoppy and spicy. Pretty good overall.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Beachwood. Pours with a hazy auburn body and a light brown head that stays and leaves good lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, tons and tons of malt, and some melon aromas with hops (reminds me of Ale to the Chief). Taste is malty and a bit nutty with dark fruits and light spicey hops. Syrupy mouthfeel and light carbonation
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. Dark brown color with reddish copper hilights. Respectable light tan head. Aroma of roasted caramel. Medium body with light carbonation. Slightly herbal/mild spice flavors. Finishes smooth.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ham’s Tavern. Pours a medium rust color with a small beige head. Nose was slightly sweet with some malt and molasses.