Sammy (10680) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big hoppy lager. Fresh bottle from Champane’s Cellars. Brilliant though not super drinkable. Good hop aroma.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, thanks to umich03jm. Bottled 9/29/14. Orange amber color. Thin off-white head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Toasty malt, pretty spicy earthy hop, pretty assertive and tingly on the back end. I suppose that’s what they’re referring to as that "big bitter shock... resonates sharply". Indeed it does, it’s a little bit uncomfortable. Huge citrusy dank resiny hop that I start to appreciate more 1/4 the way in, after my palate has a chance to acclimate. Heavily hopped is right. This thing must be 100+ IBU. Or is that just the stronger carbonation confusing my palate? Huge bitter taste, light sweet, and spicy taste. Liking this more and more as I go though. It’s definitely not a swigger. Full dark grain aromas, hints of chocolate. Medium plus body. Kind of soft crisp relatively stronger carbonation, and dry finish. It’s sort of a smooth texture, but rough with the extremely assertive flavor. Interesting, huge stuff. I came around to it, once I realized what I was dealing with. Very unique and unexpected.
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap, dark orange red pour with white head, aroma brought notes of big orange, grapefruit, some lemon into a bit of pine, grass, some slight caramel and toffee with some toasted bread. Taste was a nice mix of orange, citrus, pine notes into a bit of caramel, toffee, toast, hints of grass, finishing bitter. Basically a red IPA instead of an amber.
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle shared by DrSilverworm- thanks again, Chris! Pours a clear amber-gold with a small off-white head. Aroma of citrus, soap, florals, pale and sweet malts, and toasted sugar. Flavor is spot-on the same as the nose. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter, dry mouthfeel. Good IPA.
nimbleprop (7006) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Churchkey during CBC week. Clear brick red with some creamy, white head. Nose is big hops, pine resin, blood orange, grapefruit, malt. Flavor is very bitter, grapefruit, big pine resin, orange zest, lime, scallion, hop pellet dust. Full, bitter, sticky finish. BIG.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at The Beer Spot GTMW Eve Event at Brickhouse (Madison, WI). Pours a deeper amber orange hue, gentle haze, healthy glow, and a frothy offwhite head atop. Dies to a firm filmy layer, laces ok. Aromas are gentle sweetness, decent American hop presence. Florals, grass, gentle citrus rind. Some gentle malty elements, fruit. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, a bit soapy, well carbonated with gentle florals, grass, prickly fruit elements. Middle is a touch mellow, dry, resiny. Some firm hoppy dryness carries into the backend, some florals, pine, and dry grainy malt. Finish is a firm dry resiny feel, earthy and floral. Really nice. Some great play, a bit girthy immediately but not sweet or malty at all. I prefer Mmm Kay but this isn’t bad. Solid.
Pailhead (6278) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of northernbrews
Bottle: The aroma consists of dank hops, grapefruit, light fruit, and a hint of caramel. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is some sporadic dotted lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of fruit and a hint of caramel. The finish has moderate grapefruit, lighter dank hops, and a touch of grass. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation.
bytemesis (6199) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish amber with a small off-white head and some lacing. Aroma is caramel, pine, pine sol. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, caramel, pine, grassy. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.
Beerman6686 (6058) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured an amber color with a white head. Aroma was of fruity and grassy hops and toasted malt. Flavor similar, definitely going towards an ipl. at this point.
joeneugs (5355) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Brandon. Thanks dude! Bottled 9/29/14. It pours a rather dark hazy amber color with a creamy, but disappearing off white head. The aroma is pretty dank and piney with some pineapple, plum, grape and hints of syrup. Super hoppy. The flavor is heavily bitter and a bit syrupy with tons of pine and hop spice with some cough medicine, red fruit and a mildly astringent, grassy bitter finish. Definitely more of a big red IPA than a Vienna. Pretty brutal on the palate, but the flavor is pretty decent enough.