Silphium (3111) - 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.
Steasy66 (713) - 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 (1661) - 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 (2880) - 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.
RyanMM (411) - 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 (3738) - Carrboro, 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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GODiSSOUTHERN (323) - Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2011
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Beautiful color and a pleasant sour note, but otherwise dreadful. Harsh and medicinal. Once again shorts went heavy handed with the peppercorns probably. I do not know how they achieved such a harsh brew really.
nimbleprop (3852) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy, orange red with zero head. Smells like hand soap, oranges, rose wine, flowers. Flavor is bitter oranges, soapy, white port. Finish is bitter and astringent. Kind of gross.