dsw4b (5) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer was an impulse buy prompted by a surprisingly low price. I took note of the brewery and little else. It should come as no surprise, then, that I expected a very malty beer with little hop presence and a very full body. It seems a large number of beers brewed for the holiday season fit into that mold. The initial aroma did little to convince me otherwise. My wife disagrees with the mild aroma assessment, so maybe I’m imagining that (or have a cold or something). Anyway...
Wow. Lurking beneath the mild aroma was a mouthful of hops. The body is medium-light and the head is soft and seems to last forever. But the hops... There is almost no balance contributed by the malts, and for me, that is a good thing. A little more in the area of aroma might be desired (if for no other reason but as a warning to unsuspecting drinkers), but overall, this could easily be my favorite beer for now.
Had I known at the time of purchase that this beer was this good, I would have picked up a case or seven.
Beerblogger100 (50) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my favorite brews. So big and complex, curious it is mentioned an IPA. So much more in malts here than a typical IPA. Biscuit and toast along with the big huge pine hops. Great complex finish.
RichTheVillan (4835) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; light copper pour with a creamy beige head, aroma has caramel plus some hints of pine, taste has caramel, mellow pine, some grapefruit, quite a bit of malt action, bitter finish.
likeatrainwreck (212) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange copper beer with white head. Heavy malty body with piney hop character. Bitter finish. Okay.
R4N5H (386) - SINGAPORE - AUG 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle on 01/08/2015. Hazy reddish brown colour with a thickish beige coloured head. Sweet aroma of fruit, pine, spices and malt. Medium bodied and carbonation. Rich flavour, although a little on the sweet side of biscuit, malt, fruit and lots of hops. Nice bitter hoppy finish. A nice ale to sip.
rosskyle (210) - - JUL 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served on tap. Red Orange with a thick white head. Orange melon hops aroma. Medium heavy body. Malt hops citrus bitter flavor.
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bergstaden (1766) - Røros, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with off white head - Fruity hop aroma - Good malt body with some caramel notes with a good hop profile with fruity tones and hints of peppers - Fruity hop finish that has some pepper in the back - This was nice
Desverger (4597) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Black Swan, post CBC - fuzzy amber coloured pour with white head. Tropical and citrus fruity, hoppy and malty, some caramel, toffee, orange, pine, grapefruit, bitter finish. Decent.
Gorgosh (349) - - JUL 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Inget är som det borde. Jorden ruckas en aning ur sin bana för här här vi ett Sierra-öl som inte får hjärna och hjärta att slå frivolter av lycka. Men så har Sierra en helt egen måttstock som är lite mer kräset kalibrerad än alla andras. Det här kan med andra ord vara en braksucce, förklädd i en annan etikett.
villevav (364) - FINLAND - JUL 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Punertava väri, tiheä luonnonvalkea vaahto.Tuoksussa märkää nahkatakkia ja sitruksista humalaa. Maultaan maltainen, katkera ja täyteläinen. Tasapainoinen ja suutuntumaltaan virkistävä olut.
gopherfan99 (983) - CROATIA - JUN 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; pours cloudy amber with a khaki head; aroma is caramel, grapefruit, and malt; taste is malt, citrus, caramel, and a hint of spice; finish is bitter with some spice notes; nice IPA