Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Exotic appearance, a murky pink-orange-brown, like an offal slurry, topped by a medium head of the same, albeit lighter, color. Spicy, sweet and bitter orange flesh and rind nose. Potent body, intensely tannic and bitter with huge orange peel and orange skin notes, the tart and bitter flavors overwhelming and pummeling the palate with astringency. Some chalky yeast notes are evident in this harsh morass, but that was about all I detected. This is a serious whiff, extreme and largely unenjoyable.
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an expected reddish orange with medium white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is again, pretty predictable of red grapefruit (or blood oranges), oranges, spices (especially pepper), and a bit of mild wheat and yeast. Flavor matches well, unfortunately. I had a feeling this wasn’t going to be my type of beer, but thought I would give it a try to try to prove myself wrong. I wasn’t wrong dammit.
Huhzubendah (2809) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at Churchkey in D.C.
The beer is ruby hued and transparent, with 1/4" head and decent lacing. The aroma is primarily of hops, with a present alcohol sweetness. The flavor starts out well, with hops in the driver seat, masking the alcohol for the most part. Unfortunately, the finish brings an oddness and harshness that negatively impacts my enjoyment to a great degree. The sweetness mounts rapidly, and I could see this beer becoming cloying quickly. A couple of ounces was more than enough for me.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-06-2011
Steasy66 (1038) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pour shared by Jason.
Amber with no head. Much orange in the nose with some tartness. Flavor is strange, tart with orange. Decent palate. I just didn’t dig this.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted on 8/14/11 from a 12oz bottle purchased at Siciliano’s, there is no date on the bottle. Pours a cloudy blood orange color with a thin orange-tinted tan head that recedes to nothing more than a whisp of lace. The nose is hot with tons of caramel malt, peppercorn, earthy yeast, and a lightly tart orange aroma. The flavor is sweet and earthy with a hint of tart orange, peppercorn, and caramel malt. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long earthy, tart orange, and caramel malt finish.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 3, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle courtesy of DuffManSW, thanks Sean (sorry for drinking it without you, Kevin forced it on me). Rating #39. Dark amber pour with a nice little touch of orange and a small white head. Aroma was pretty nice, a bit of citrus and a faint spiciness that went together pretty well. The taste on the other hand was a horrible mess, so many different things going on with the pepper and the oranges, it was strange acidic cluster that wasn’t very pleasant at all, hopefully it was a bad bottle since other ratings were so high, or me and the other four guys just didn’t like it. (1277)
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Crazy citrus and spice aroma. Flavor is similarly bizarre with citrus pith, a bitter finish and some hot booziness.
Homer321 (2509) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Probaly from Mikem409. or Blowofftube. Or one of the many awesome Michigan folk. Poured into snifter. almost no head, some white bubbles. Nose is full of sweet honey and lift caramel. Smells like a diabetic coma waiting to happen. Taste is a very complex, or mix, of spicey peppercorn, with the citrus from the oranges, dry hopped dankiness and a ton of alcohol boooooost. I’m afraid there is just too much going on here to comprehend. wow. just can’t say much. besides the conglomerate of flavors, the alcohol boost lasts long into the finish and kicks you in the chest. ugh. wow. hurts.
RyanMM (413) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2010
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a hazy and sediment-filled amber. No head, minimal lacing. Tons of orange on the nose, with a hint of pepper. Bittersweet orange is the first thing on the tongue, immidiately followed by the spice from those green peppercorns. This is a fail. Not digging this at all. It’s like peppery, stale, uncarbonated fruit juice.
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks. Glimmering, fairly translucent, reddish amber with little to no head or lace. Nose presents a strong blood orange aroma, cranberry, banana, guava also feature, but to me it smells more like a
sweet tropical punch than a beer. Flavor is sharp and messy. Orange, booze, tea, lots of red fruits, dirty bitter finish. Light lemon tartness, lots of booze this reminded me a lot of an expensive cocktail i had that was set on fire and just full of booze and citrus.Not a big fan.
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