Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 11, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: clear, crystal reflection on amber body with mid frothy top. Good lacing noted. Aroma: Wonderful pine and spruce like hop aroma, side of mango fruit follow up by full malts. Splendid blend of fruity sweetness with bittering feel. Flavour/Palate: full bodied. Heavy pale malts. Brew set up is fairly straightforward. Quality excellent presentation of malts and hops with just enough of alcohol to keep this brew going. Brew that borrowed from best , central European soft heavy sweet malts with west coast refreshing hops. .
beerbill (3268) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a moderate off-white head that faded to a film by mid-glass and laced the glass well all the way to the end. Very bright and pleasant aroma of oranges and grapefruit, and to a lesser extent caramel and pine. The flavor is not quite as fruity as the aroma suggests, and is more influenced by prickly pine. There is a decent malt backbone to support all the hops. The alcohol is well hidden. Honestly, this one was better than I was expecting.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber to copper in color. Two fingers of heavy cream colored foam. Big hoppy aromas. Reminds me of the new Gouden Carolus Hopinjoor. A mix of oranges, grapefruit and menthol. Mild caramel in the background. From the first sip you can tell this one means business. Alcohol is quite present. Luckily it is not a higher alcohol and has a little sweetness to it. Pine flavors come out that remind me of a floor cleaner. A serious strong lager with an imperial IPA attitude. Some mild malt returns in the linger. I kind of like this now but I think I may feel like I was beaten by the stick and chains when I am done with the remaining 40 cl.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cole’s.
Quite a citrus/pine hoppy nose, decent malt also, orange, with a small custard head. Taste begins with a full hoppy burst, malt is well placed, giving a fine mouthfeel, tongue dances with the hops bitterness, and then mellows with the very well balanced malt. Great.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, grapefruit, light flowers, light malts, dish soap, and light lemongrass. Poured amber in color with a small, rocky, dense, off-white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly bitter and light to medium sweet. Tastes of hops, lemon, pine, citrus, and light biscuit. Light to medium body. Thin, sticky texture. Average carbonation. Hoppy, soapy, piney finish.
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A quality Euro strong lager, with significant hops. A little soapy head, a good amount of lace. The hop aroma is there. Creamy mouthfeel, initially, and then more or less average.
TheEpeeist (3179) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Crystal clear copper with a sudsy white head. Nose is pine, yeast and toffee. Medium body gets oily and resiny with soft carb. Taste is grapefruit pith and peel with some apple and toffee. A pretty basic hoppy lager.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours an amber body with a half inch white head. Nose is sweet fresh cinnamon a hint of mint. Light fruity citrus yeast. Dry fruit and bubblegum. Good beer did some damage too at 9%.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange red pour with a light off-white head. Lots of hops on the aroma - almost like an IPA. Piny earthy hop flavor with citrus and roasted malt Some spicy notes and yeasty funk. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a coppery amber with a small and frothy, tan head. Aromas are sweet and fruity... a bit of a grapefruit and pineapple hops presence, some pear like sweetness and a little touch of caramel. Flavor is an odd mix of fruit and bitter, and I am not completely sold on it. At times, the caramel and pear seem to play nicely with the pine and grapefruit hops, but most of the time, the two seem dissonant. The aftertaste is almost cloying... a bit of a white grape/wine flavor there.