Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Not much head in this either. Copper with some wood flavor that takes away from the stinging grapefruit that I was hoping for but make no mistake, there is grapefruit in it. Seems a little sweeter than the dry hopped version. Pretty dry finish.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at the brewpub 9/2/2007. Mostly transparent, golden honey colored pour with a thin layer of fizzy off-white head. A distinct grapefruit rind aroma wafts the glass, accompanied by some acetone scented alcohols. Notes of honey malt sweetness lingers in the background. The grapefruit aroma is quite bold and enticing, but the alcoholic acetone bite is off-putting. Medium full bodied, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. The flavors start out full of zested grapefruit rind and oranges, spiced by some alcohols and sweetened with golden caramels mid-palate. Toward the back end, some of the hop characters start to differentiate themselves from behind the citrusy grapefruit shroud, leaving a final smack of pithy herbalness and onions behind.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled on 10/13/07: Transparent bronze golden with a thin ring of off-white head. Aroma of slightly soapy floral notes and big citrusy grapefruit and oranges with a touch of sweet caramel. Body starts fairly full and slightly sweet with big grapefruity hoppiness drying toward a more bitter citric finish. An interesting brew.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Cloudy golden pour with white foamy head. Grapefruit, antiseptic, slightly sweet nose. Pungent taste with citrus flavors. Slightly sweet finish alcohol finish. Very different.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Strong grapefruit and perfume aroma. Also notes of orange peel oil. Grapefruit and citrus flavor. Very juicy. Hoppy finish with a medium body.
Ungstrup (28235) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. An unclear dark golden beer with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of grapefruit, as well as medium notes of hops. THe flavor is sweet - yet with an acidity from the strong notes of grapefruit, combining with medium notes of hops, leading to an acidic finish, where the alcohol burns in the throat.
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 Oz Bottle from 2007. Aroma most subdued of group, with a savory mingling of citrus skin, hop dust, and brew kettles remainders. Alive and yeasty, with a bouquet of west coast memories. Melded. Palest of the threee, with a core of orange and rimmed in bright gold, rimmed with a thin line of white. Almost no carbonation. Flavor is electric, with a parsing quality of glacial acetic acid and the rising bitter tannic citrus components. Possibly the quietest of the three. There’s noticeable grapefruit flavor, but it doesn’t really become a major part of the beer’s flavor profile. I think it shields the backend of the beer from developing that old dill spice container flavor in the smack. Instead, it shifts to a mingling of Tunisian spice rubs and a batting of cotton and marjoram. Zesty. Nostril exciting. The grapefruit is a nice contribution. I think the hops hold up better in this version for some reason, playing off the chewy, yeast and age noted flavors. Most oxidized and aged tasting of the trio. Certainly the herbal blossoming embodies these beers. It’s hard to believe, at times that they have been barrel aged. There’s a spritzy drinkable quality to this high grav, which is pleasing and somewhat surprising. I think, for that, I enjoy this one the most of the trio. The hops are the most enjoyable, the heat the most reduced and some new nuances from the grapefruit. Thanks Sean for this excellent experience!