Nephilium (1308) - Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This starts off with an unappealing aroma, touch of cardboard, and something "off". Pours a cloudy reddish-amber, with just a dusting of head. Fairly potent hop bite, with a touch of biscuit and caramel malts in the background. Alcohol not noticeable at all. Not bad, but not something I’m going out of my way to get again.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler.Pours a dirty orange,with a thin white head,Aroma is pine,oak,grain and grassy hops. Flavor is kind of a somkey earthy malt character with hints of fruit (peaches) plums,maybe some grapefruit, the hops come in at the end with just the right kick. This was kind of a hard brew to figure out but so tasty ,and I had to drink the whole growler myself Mmmmmmmm. Enjoyable.
auerbrau (3146) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz Bottle. Ugh. Diacetyl bomb. This smells like a wet dog rolled in rotting newspaper and splattered with 10-year old freezer butter. Stale, dappled with alcohol. Pours a rather dark red-brown, with little carbonation or head. Flavor fights through. A lot of alcohol comes through with a bit of grassy hop dust, celery seeds and plant material. Diacetyl, heavy oxidation and cardboard carry out the rest of the flavor profile. Old malt body gets a touch vinous and is just wrong for a not-that-old IIPA. Pizza sauce and dried tarragon bring up the back. Generally, offensive. Too sweet, too alcoholic, and messier than a two-year old eating pie. This comes across more as a way-over-the-hill barleywine than as a fresh IIPA.
BBB63 (5941) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2008 MiBGF: Reddish amber with an okay head. The aroma has notes of catty and resiny hops, pepper, caramel, bready and roasty malts and a bit mineral. The taste starts with a bitter astringent note with a malty backbone, Slightly spicy finish. Strange mouth feel chalky yet sharp. Okay beer, needs crisper hop profile.
bigtaster (537) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 Piny aroma. Nice medium body with variety of hop flavors, pine, citrus, floral. Hides the alcohol very well. Great craft brew.
mmmbeer (1225) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Sampled 7-5-08) On tap at the brewery- transparent light orange/yellow color, thin white head. Aroma of hops and pine. Hits the mouth with a medium body, malt is detectable, some sweetness at the start with hops in the middle and finish. Decent sipper.
Tmoney99 (10404) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at brewpub. Poured clear amber color with an average frothy white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate sour citrus hoppy aroma. Medium body. Medium bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub. Good name for a beer, not so good execution. Pours light orange with a thin white head. I found this to be light on the hops aspect one would find in an IPA, English style or otherwise. Fairly bland and average at best.
Gorbalev (2906) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
MBG 06. Aroma not great - very grainy. Orange, with very creamy orange/white head. Better taste - all malt and then the hops. Very balanced. Nice beer, but more of an APA with restrained hops - too bad about that aroma though.
GregClow (2847) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught sample at MBG 2006 Summer Festival. Golden-amber. Big herbal aroma with a bit of sweetness in the background. Soft body. Tart, citrus hops in the flavour. A simple IPA - tasty enough, but not overly memorable.