KajII (799) - 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.
drmet (145) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
-starts with sweet malt and strawberries
-then huge resiny,piney notes
-orange,citrus,mango,peach take the backseat
-finishes with grapefruit and a huge hoppy note
nice, but too bitter for my tastes
Kurtos (115) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice dark amber.
Taste. Very bitter and very grapefruit forward, also with a slight pine and sweet caramel backing.
Overall. Very bitter and not for the feint hearted, whilst i think this is a very redeeming quality, this would get another couple of rating points if they kept or maybe even toned down the bitterness, to let the non bitter flavours of the hops present themselves better.
mrol (42) - - MAY 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap. Light aroma and orange color. Medium cloudiness, slightly fruity start on this and a little bitterness on the finish. Weak. Really not a good beer.
neurbob (14) - - MAY 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Total Wine, to Shaker
Appearance: orange/ red, persistent head
Aroma: cereal, conifer, some fruit/spice
Taste: Sweeter than the Torpedo, more malty, slight spice, plenty of bitter
Palate: Medium body, bitter complex finish.
Really good stuff.
Listigovers (454) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very rich aroma, reddish colour with a white lasting head. Medium to full bodied with an equal balance of hops and malt, bitter in the front with fades to a good malt backbone.
JMCtime (70) - Washington, USA - APR 25, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very fresh citrus flavors with mild pine notes. A touch on the bitter side.
Cuso (5757) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Damian Beer. Amber color with medium off-white head. Nice citrus hoppy aroma with malty notes. Taste, solid malt backbone with caramel, followed by light citrus hoppy touch with herbal notes. medium long hoppy bitter finish with herbal touch. Good, but not stellar.
whoisghost (98) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice, dark amber colour, bordering on red ale colours with a creamy beige head. Beautiful hoppy aroma, lots of sweet malt scents with hints of cinnamon and a piney undertone. Very malty, biscuit and toffee to taste with a pine and citrus pinch as a result of the hops. Well balanced. A nice velvety finish, creamy almost. Subtle carbonation and those malts make for a melt in your mouth crescendo.
Jamedra (651) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Láhev 355 ml. Aroma je příjemně chlebové s jemným závanem zrajícího sýra. Pěna je zlato bílá, jemná, vysoká a držící. Barva samotného piva je sytě měděná a jemně kalná. Chuť je bohatá, má příjemný sladový základ s chutným komponentem šťávy z exotického ovoce a jemným nádechem vlašských ořechů, finiš je příjemně chmelově hořký a držící. V ústech pivo působí plně, má střední říz a je dobře pitelné. Jaká to lahodná IPA, opravdu velmi povedené pivo.
Jabah (180) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this better than their regular IPA as well, maybe not as hoppy with some spices added instead to make it a tad sweeter. May be better than their regular pale ale as well. Pours a redish-copper color. A nice bitter-sweet flavor. A decent seasonal winter brew.