daknole (9624) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish pour, off white head. Lots of resinous hops and sticky toffee malt aroma. Flavor is much the same...a bit of diesel fuel...not bad.
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear amber/cranberry body with a tall rocky pinkish beige head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, and florals. Flavor of pine, citrus, rye, and roasted malt.
seekingup2 (80) - - DEC 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. bottle. Great beer right from the pour. Dark red/orange color with a dense head. The aroma is fantastic and the taste is as well!! Great citrus/pine/hop balance. One of the best Red IPA i have tried!!!
Headbanger (3415) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle Batch 1 12/12/11 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-40° in Shaker-Pours a dark amber almost brown with a small loose tan head. Aroma of hops, pine, malt, and caramel. Taste of hops, caramel, malt, and toffee. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down easy. Nice job.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sexy reddish brown color with generous head. Beautiful appearance. Nose is assertive with fresh hoppy citrus, pine, and hint of holiday spice aromas. Palate offers a clean taste, good balance of piney citrusy hops and candied malt, with an oily quality across the palate. Medium bodied and very drinkable. Spectacular beer, but I just wish it was gentler on the wallet.
unclemattie (4286) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 1. 22oz bottle. Deep Ruby color, light tan head of thick foam. Aroma of spicy malts, heavy deep caramels, earthy pine hops. The smell alone reminds me of the aroma of the Rogue Brewery the first time I walked in. Mmm, good. Nice pine and grapefruit, heavy malts, all around. The flavor continues to deliver. Toasted malts, heavy toffee, deep grain character. Bitterness lingers on the palate, nice grapefruit, with an odd medicinal hop note. So well done, very impressive. Loads of toasted malts, then the leather character, and pine bark bitterness... superb! I absolutely loved this brew. Merry Christmas to me.
EddieMac (2) - Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark amber with a towering creamy head boasting hints of pine with a smooth finish. Just an all around pleasant IPA
Well done SA!
twindog (266) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured clear brownish copper color with a large frothy off-white head with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex earthy and roasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex bittersweet flavor finish. This beer exceeded my expectations.
bigguns22 (718) - Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper in color with a large tan to cream head.Aroma is full of malt,citrus and yeast.Bitter,sweet and o so good.Flavors of citrus,pine,toast and kings syrup.The head is great sticks to the glass and pillows.
superspak (2921) - Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle, batch 1, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark red orange color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to thick lacing cap that lasts forever. Some nice lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, light pine, caramel, toasted malt, bread, and spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big pine, orange, caramel, spices, bread, toasted malt, and honey-like sweetness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, orange, pine, and spices on the finish that last. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks very easily. Great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding amber ale/IPA. So much great hoppy flavor and balance.