SamP01 (559) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep orange amber with a long lasting medium beige head, good lacing throughout. Aroma and Taste of floral pine hops and caramel malt which becomes more notable as it warms up, also some notes of brown sugar. Palate is a medium body with a smooth texture and good carbonation. Finishes with floral pine hops, some mild orange peel notes, caramel malt and some mild brown sugar on the end. Overall seems to have a good balance, smooth and nice flavor, a good brew.
SpongeRuiner (698) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was not expecting anything special here. And thatís what I got when I tried this one from a recommendation.
BeerKurve (499) - - SEP 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mildly hazy dark orange color with a high amount of visible carbonation and lots of lacing; Soapy head. Aroma of mild citrus hops, caramel, toffee, pine and malts. Flavor is bitter piney hops, resin, citrus, and resin. Very Bitter but somewhat mild in taste. Heavy and thick body with some moderate carbonation. They nailed the bitter resin hop part but forgot to balance out the rest of the flavor.
MacBoost (1261) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2013
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Pours a dark amber with a decent sized off white head. Aromas of buttered bread, toffee, caramel. No perceptible hop aroma. Taste is bad. Bitter malt water. No. Drainpour.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drink by September 2013. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
Appearance: A beautiful beer. Crystal clear copper with a soft sand colored, three finger head on top. The head sticks around for awhile, and the lacing, at least at the start, as ridiculous.
Smell: Damn, I love hops. Serious amounts of pine and resin. The label also mentions grapefruit, but I donít really get that ... there is a sweetness in there, though.
Taste/feel: Hard for me to pick this one. As dark as this IPA is, I figured itíd maybe be pretty sweet or at least be balanced, but itís not -- this beer is definitely on the bitter side, at least after the first few sips, and tastes pretty much nothing like it smells. I get almost a roasty-sweet sort of malt flavor on the start of the sip, followed by a fairly brief parade of piney hops, and then it finishes with a dusty/gritty sort of malt flavor. Itís not bad at all, but the smell had me expecting something entirely different. In that way, it almost reminds me of Alpha King by Three Floyds, which is a darker APA that bursts with hops in the aroma, but then has a maltier taste. This almost drinks like some sort of amber or something more than an IPA... ALMOST. Itís good, but I didnít see it coming. The feel is quite smooth with a medium carbonation -- it lets the hops do the work on your tongue rather than the prickly carbonation, which is good. Just a note: This beer becomes almost TOO SWEET once it warms up.
Has to be the best in the 2013 LongShot contest, but not by too significant of a margin. It looks awesome, it smells great, and it has a solid flavor.
BREWMUSKCLES (2226) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a mishmash and perhaps hop nightmare to some but to me itís nirvana. harsh and wafting grapefruit pith to some pine and nasty near the finish with woody harshness.....i love it. no alcohol and some sweetness full bodied and sudsy. the good stuff!
J_man (699) - Tustin, California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramel and wood aromas with a slight vegetal note. Clear copper/amber color with a thin but lasting off-white head. Strong, sweet caramel malt flavor with a slight cooked vegetable taste in the back as well as some smoke. Thereís earthy bitterness here, but itís a bit heavy handed and ends up being more of the vegetal flavor that almost gets overpowering. Lays down a dry bitterness on the tongue thatís nice, but the vegetal stays around too. Not bad, but the hops need to be a bit brighter. *** Wow, reading the other ratings makes me think I got a bad bottle. Hopefully I can find another to try! ***
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark bronze with thick white head. Grapefruit and earthy aroma. Flavour is hop, with caramel. Strong finish, Beer tastes like an Imp IPA, which it is.
RRRozie (22) - Cortland, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz Bottle. Medium head; fine lacing. Surprisingly mild, faintly piney aroma. Color and taste is exactly as described: "This brew pours a rich bronze color. The slightly sweet malt character is pleasantly balanced by a pronounced hop bitterness with grapefruit, pine and earthy notes." A lingering bitterness is the price exacted for the complexity of flavors.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark caramel color, translucent, with a tan head of two fingers. Plenty lacing. Aroma was piny, caramel, toffee, biscuits and some grapefruit. Plenty toffee and caramel, sweet malts, medium bitterness, citrus. Full bodied, creamy, oily, somewhat chewy.