KajII (705) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear dark amber brown with a large (2-3 finger) off white rocky head that lasted throughout and had some really good lacing.
The aroma had a moderate dose of pine hops, a generous portion of grain and barley malts and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus and some nice wintery spices (clove and coriander I believe).
The taste was mildly bitter with a note of caramel and just a little orange at first then became moderately bitterer and a bit hoppy with notes of grapefruit and a big dose of spices at the end. The flavor lasted a nice long time after the swallow with a nice strong hop presence and a touch of spice.
Mouthfeel was right between light and medium in body and a bit dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.
Overall a nice full tasting hoppy ale that had everything it needed to make a wonderful Winter Seasonal.
Ret12 (377) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is one of my favorite winter beers. Nice and malty with a full mouthfeel. Goes down smooth and warms you up on a cold night.
AndySnow (1199) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a small white head. Strong fruit aroma with some hops. Flavour is sweet a bit of fruit, caramel. Rather full bodied.
Blade86 (194) - Wrocław, POLAND - MAY 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: everything, citrus, caramel, pine, honey, floral; Appearance: dark amber, hazy, off-white big foam with good lacing; Taste: very heavy bitterness, medium sweetness, very lightly sour; Palate: full body, oily feel, rather soft carbonation, very long bitter finish; Overall: fantastic IPA, especially the aroma, great taste and everything else, highly recommended
danielyabu (904) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - MAY 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
large offwhite frothy head. dark amber thick translucent body. md el. aroma: orange, strong hops, caramel, honey. if: heavy bitter moderate sweet. ff: harsh bitter moderate sweet; long duration. o dulçor lembra casca de laranja e o amargor lembra lupulo de qualidade e carqueja. pesadissima para leigos. baixa drinkability. paladar: watery texture, light medium body, medium carbonation, metallic finish. drank @ mosquito hostel, warsow
WilleLW (127) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber colour with a large fluffy head. Aroma of citrus, some fruitiness and with a hint of roasted caramel. Taste of hops with a superb character with pine and steady, even bitterness that stays around. A delectable beer with a smooth mouth feel a slight sting of bitterness in the aftertaste.
OKplus (355) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours a hazy amber copper. A rocky 2 finger off-white head retains very well.
S - Woody pine forest, fresh pine needles, orange and grapefruit citrus, strawberries, doughy caramel malt.
T - Citrus hits first and is more pronounced than the aroma lets on. Green pine cone hops come in and add some herbal bite along with earthy strawberries along a honey caramel malt.
M - Very creamy medium body with moderate carbonation.
I look forward to this every year and never disappoints.
Serving type: bottle
firkinChad (26) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A-Amber with frothy head
A-Pine and Citrus
T-Subtle sweet malt, carmel, with surge of hoppiness
P-starts sweet on taste, finishes dry on palate at the end
O-very enjoyable aroma with matching intensity for taste. Very dry finish compared to years past.
M_Sack (23) - - APR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful cloudy amber with a thin yet creamy head. A delicate citrus and pine nose with a hint of burnt caramel. Slightly more aggressive front palate of pine and lovely fresh hops leads into a small amount of malty sweetness. A long dry, yet balanced end. Nice ipa without being too ’out there’ or overly aggressive
kingstoni (751) - FINLAND - APR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy reddish brown color with a frothy beige head. Some lacing. Fresh aroma of fruity hops. Dry texture. Spicy bitter taste. Medium bitter finish.
mmmkay (34) - - APR 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So good. I wish this was year round. Great mellow ipa and the best part is they sell it in cases at Costco.
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