rmussman (1701) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled in the big bottle. A really really good brew. Comes up with a powerful punch of hops. Crisp clear but this really nice dark golden yellow hue. Really good brew.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful beer. Not much else. No aroma to speak of. Some pine taste is noted with the malt but for an IIPA this was fairly bland.
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 Bomber poured into pint glass. This is my first purchase from this brewery. While the color is nice and intriguing, there is simply not much aroma whatsoever. Flavor is just sort of ’there’ but has nothing unique to offer. There is some bitterness, but not a flavorful one, more biting than anything.
1/5/12: lowered from 3.1 to 2.4: This bomber was an astringent mess, sad thing as I couldn’t finish it and had to drain pour it. It tasted like aluminum flouride.
pilsnerrogge (2774) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep amber with a thick head, good lacing. Fruity toffee and hop aroma. Flavour has some toffee, a great deal of hops and even more alcohol. Quite one dimensional.
cgarvieuk (20435) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Cropredy from my GBBF haul ... Nice deep copper ... off white foam head ... sweet toffee light fruity hop nose ... very sweet hop resins ... juicy bitterness ... little soaopy... little odd.
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours copper amber with a pale sand coloured head. The aroma is medium hoppy and medium to heavily malty with a touch of burning alcohol in the background. Tones of orangey and light grapefruity citrus, apricot,white roses, spices, wood, earth and clean caramel alongside a whisper of butterscotch. I know this beer is dried-hoped with Cascade but it reminds me more of EKG. Canned fruits are also notable. The nose is quite English. The flavour is light sweet, medium to heavily bitter and tiny acidic. The hops bring notes of citrus, wood, earth and light flowers. Light sticky caramel and honey-like backbone. The beer finishes dry with a mixture of hard, resiny, numbig herbal and grapefruity bitterness alongside burning alcohol. Hints of canned fruits. The mouthfeel is clean, hard and light numbing with a medium carbonation. There are no direct off-flavours but too much harshness from the alcohol and bitter hops. Medium to full bodied.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
22oz screwtop bottle purchased at McKinnon’s in Salem. Pours a deep crystal-clear amber with a good inch of slowly-dissipating off-white head that clings rather nicely to the side of the glass after it disappears. Aroma is dominated by leafy, minty, floral, citrussy (orange, lemon, grapefruit), with a slight bit of caramel and butterscotch. Citrussy, with a fair bit of caramel and butterscotch to balance it out. Notes of chocolate, mint, and grass also make their presence known as the beer disappears. Medium in body with a moderate but effervescent carbonation. A surprisingly easy drinker considering the abv and complexity. This beer went away far more quickly that I would have liked it to. A slam-dunk for Shipyard, no question, and possibly their best offering to date.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, #51 for this beer. Poured a very dark burnt orange with a pretty substantial white clinging, very well laceing head. Aroma has lots of piney hoppiness with some slightly burnt caramel maltiness. Flavor is hoppy, but not huge. I detect some butteriness as well, some light caramel malts. Not too bad overall, but something seemed a bit off. (978)
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours out in a reddish amber colour with a rich white head. Grapefruit and pin-needles in the aroma on a rather solid foundation of caramel. Nearly full-bodied with notes of orange-peels, grapefruit, caramel and nectarines. Lemon-zest, grapefruit and grass in the medium to high bitter aftertaste with touches of caramel and berries. Best offering from Shipyard so far.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber - Poursa hazy orangish amber in color with a small whitish head that clung to the top of the beer. Some small lacing on the glass Aroma is of a small amount of caramel malts and plenty of citrus/grapefruit hops. Flavor is hoppy and above average bitterness. Not as much of the hop flavor as I expected, but the hop bitterness is all there. Alcohol is apparent in the mid-taste, but not overwhelming. Finish is lingering and bitter. It’s good, but for a "signature" style... somewhat disappointing...