Arayaga2 (1946) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brownish ruby colored with an inch of dense bone-colored head. Aroma is sweet grapefruit and graham crackery malt. Taste is the sam, but with a little more roast emphasis than I’d imagined. Finishes clean, with very light malt and bitterness that recede together in a quick and linear fashion.
BeerdedDave (1000) - - NOV 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
red color; citrusy hop aroma with underlying caramel malt notes; bready malt with a good deal of hoppy bitterness; nice piney, citrus hop flavor with a solid caramel malt background and a very bitter, dry finish; notes of caramel toffee, and dark bread
GreatDane1632 (1124) - Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated from notes taken 1 Apr 2012 -- Had this beer the night before my first TDY. A very nice Red. A very nice IPA. Combine the two and you have a damn good beer.
rdixon77 (1699) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old rating. Amber color. Lots of caramel and citrus. Some earthiness. Long bitter finish. Okay.
TBone (14785) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled @Stop&Go, Ponce, PR. Batch 2, 3.25usd! Dark copper-brown color, creamy beige head, lace. Bready, dark fruity, licoricey, slightly oxidiced. Medium-bodied. Licorice, oxidiced madeira. Earthy hops and caramel in the flavor. Bottle seems old but not hopeless. Aged quite interestingly.
GRM (3425) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass, draught, 16 ounces, served in a Samuel Adams glass during the Brunch and beer held by the The Boston Beer Company, trip to the Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savoured on October 3 2014; eye: golden, clear; nose: floral hops, bittering hops, citrusy, light grapefruit; mouth: floral hops, bittering hops, citrusy, light grapefruit, mild astringency, finale in bittering hops with presence of grapefruit, full body, quite carbonated, quite bitter, lightly sweet, harsh texture; overall: nice surprise
Verre, en fût, 16 onces, servie dans un verre Samuel Adams lors du Brunch and Beer tenu par The Boston Beer Company, voyage au Great American Beer Festival (Denver), savourée le 3 octobre 2014; œil : dorée, limpide; nez : houblon floral, houblon amérisant, citrique, léger pamplemousse; bouche : houblon floral, houblon amérisant, citrique, léger pamplemousse, astringence moyenne, finale en houblon amérisant avec présence de pamplemousse, corsée, très carbonatée, pas mal amère, légèrement sucrée, texture râpeuse; en résumé : belle surprise
arminjewell (8846) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark reddish pour with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, hints of herbal notes in there as well, touch of orange. Taste is a mix of orange, grass, grapefruit, some caramel, toffee into a bit of spice, yeast, finishing slightly bitter, slightly dry.
sinfull (1197) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color , big beige head. Aroma of pine , citrus and caramel. Malty , biscuit , caramel taste with hoppy bitterness. Long bitterness in aftertaste.
slowrunner77 (7875) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"this was a pleasant surprise and one i hope makes its way to 6 packs in 2012. beautiful red color with thick tan cap and a ton of lacing. nice, fresh citrus and pine hop aroma with the caramel and biscuit malt in the background. flavor near perfectly balanced. always bitter, but sweet and easy drinking at the same time with the liberal amount of malt flavors as well. very nice. 5-12...super nice in 22’s and draft...12 oz mix pack tasted like a lesser beer. WTF?!"
AndySnow (5573) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Where: The Bishops Arms Gamla Stan, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Malt, bread, caramel, hops, some fruit.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, hops, caramel, citrus, malt, grass.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle -
I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a few well made single hop pale ale’s from a local brewery, that have used the Topaz and Galaxy hop before, so I’m semi-familiar with it and it reminds me in many ways of a Cascade hop (which isn’t a bad thing).
Aroma seemed bursting with hop elements like citrus and pine, but I found some subtle notes of wood and tropical fruits around mid-glass, which I don’t find in Cascade. The malts find a surprisingly loud voice in this beer with lots of sweet bread and caramel with a nice balancing touch with a spicy/citrusy hop punch. If they started making this available in 6 packs, I’d be a happy camper.