ROGUE (2127) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby color with over a two finger frothy head and tons of lacing. Aroma is piney and citrusy hops, with some sweet caramel malts as well in the back. Taste is piney, bitter hops up front with some underlying caramel malts. Finishes with floral and piney hoppiness at the end. Slightly oily and resinous. Nice blend of malt and hops.
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear dark amber to tawny with a medium, frothy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is fruity hops and esters, cookie and biscuit, honey malt. Flavor is medium hops and light bitterness, sweet malt and fruity esters with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation with light warmth.
sonnycheeba (3745) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark red with thin creamy, white head; short retention and medium lacing. Aroma is fruit, sweet and caramel malts, earthy hops, and light oak. Flavor is malt forward, medium esters, and heavy hops; sweet throughout with a dry, hoppy finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ruddish color with thin off white head. Aroma is floral and citrus notes with a biscuity notes. Meh.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Garnet body with glimpses of ruby, copper, and scarlet highlights. Grapefruit, caramel, oak, and evergreen in flavor and aroma. Toffee and perhaps even some maple present. Not bad.
Guerde (1182) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle from bhensonb, thanks!) Pours a clear deep red color with a towering tan head and plenty of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, slightly catty hops, oatmeal raisin cookies, and a bit of green onion and celery. Everything’s fairly subdued, but it’s a really weird combo. Flavor possesses some toasty caramel malt, faint tootsie roll, and some long lingering pine bitterness that really dries the mouth. The flavor is markedly better than the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium to full and carbonation is restrained. Overall this is a simple and straightforward beer, but that doesn’t make it any less enjoyable.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours copper with an off white head. Aromas of citrus pine grapefruit and a tough of bread and cereal. Flavor is bitter with a piney flavor. Body is medium and dry with an astringent feel. Finish leaves some bitterness behind
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rich red copper body with a light tan head. The nose was grapefruit and wood. There was also some rich caramel. The taste is bitter with bread crust and some wood. There is also a piney finish. A fairly thick and rich body. Nicely done.
Nephilium (1406) - Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
More of a biscuit malt aroma, with a hint of grassy hops in the end. Pours a clear red with a towering light tan head. This is pretty underwhelming, the hops are subdued with more earth characteristics then pine or grapefruit. There is a strong, chewy malt backbone to carry this beer forward. It falls more to the British IPA then the American IPA style. Not terrible, just not what I look for in an IPA.
r464 (1944) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown with a tan head. Balanced with a strong, hoppy finish. Malt is somewhat roasty, somewhat sweet with caramel taste. Very full body with hops prominent toward the end.