detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Iíll start with the aroma this time. As soon as I twisted the cap, I could smell the black pepper. And some lemon. Inhaling deeply, the pepper tickled the nose. Some slight breadiness and yeastiness to go along with the pepper and lemon. Very unique, very pleasant.
Pours a hazy yellow-gold, with an inch of acid-white head. The foam dissipates completely very quickly and leaves minimal lace. The beer itself remains perfectly carbonated.
Tons of pepper and lemon in the initial sip. And in all the subsequent sips. I know thereís coriander and orange in there too, but really, the lemon pepper predominates. The lemon grows stronger midway through each sip, and then it backs down again only to finish dry with some fire from the pepper. Light body with a strong pepper aftertaste.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
gabf 06. Aroma is of heavy spices. Taste is of light wheat and very spicy, too much so. Spices are way over the top and leaves the beer very unbalanced.
trafford (171) - Germantown, Tennessee, USA - JUN 16, 2006
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Iím still trying to recover for this over spiced beer. It may be better on a fall day by the fire but in June it was too much. The coriander was the only flavor that I could distinguished in this muddled beer.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at MSBF. Pours a cloudy yellow color with a fluffy white head. Nose is that of lemon/pepper seasoning with some fresh floral notes. Taste is light with the heavy lemon/pepper spice shining through.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled on draught @ Shortís Brewing Company in Bellaire, Michigan. Lightly cloudy yellow color. Heavily spiced aroma, overly so, with the lemon peel and curacao standing out most, along with a light citrusy hop fragrance. Flavor is again, overly spice, with the curacao and lemon peel standing out the most in the flavor. No malt complexity with little hop and nothing but spice.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2005 Tap: world beer expo/Frankenmuth. Golden yellow with no head. Aroma and flavor very weak. Aroma I canít pinpoint and flavor has some euro-skunk to it. Very thin. Couldnít pick up any spice whatsoever.
Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2005
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
On tap: Very weak aroma. Slightly sweet with a touch of spice. Looks like apple juice. No head to speak of. Very light and watery. Only flavor I get is a touch of watery hops in the finish. Virtually nothing going on with this beer at all.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nicie Spicie, released from itís growler, pours a lovely ginger hue, active carbonation rushing up, to greet a thinnish white head.
Aroma is warm spice, ginger, cinnamon, and coriander, a whisper of pepper, but dominated by orange zest. Very pleasing to this nose, a gentle mix of fruit and spice.
Zing, goes the tongue, on meeting this brew, a burst of tidy spices entangle the buds, sweet citric fruitiness blends in next, and all is settled well.
Flavor never wanes, and in fact, gets juicier and plumper further in, tastes of apricot and peach shining through, with the pepper laying out new levels of spiciness, without getting hot and spoiling the feeling.
Nearing the end of my first glass, I feel the peppery heat more and it dominate the palate in ways Iíd never imagined when first sipping this serving.
This carries over in the finish, where previous I felt it was mildly possessed by pepper, it now almost carries a sting, and has claimed a long stake on the senses.
(We must pour a new pint to be sure..)
On this pour, the head is larger and takes longer to shift in size...Iíll bring it up 1/2 a point for that...
This time, the nose takes pepper in largest, mixed well with lemon & orange...yeah, thatís a hot tamale!
Soaking the brew on my tongue again, it only feels hotter, and commands control of the mouth. Tempered well by the fruit, matched with the malt, this hot, spicy quality sits at attention and barks, but doesnít bite. It slings a powerful heat, yet holds it back in abeyance, making a very palatable, tasty brew.
Long, hot finish, medium body, unique and memorable. Iíve yet to encounter a beer quite like this, and congrats to Shortís for coming up with something so bold, yet easily drinkable! (Iíve had a few that go the other way, making even one pint a chore.)
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 24, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap at Detroit Brewfest. Definitely esoteric. Smell was chemical. Body was thin. Pepper was noticable with other spice notes.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated at Shorts Brewing Co. Medium sized white head that was fizzy with fine-small sized bubbles that were mostly lasting. Uncarbonated, cloudy and a dark yellow hue. Aroma was hoppy, sweet and spicy. Spicy and hoppy flavor from start to finish. Palate was tingly. Medium bodied beer with good lacing.