esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear mahogany with a creamy tan topper that slowly fades leaving minor lacing. Aroma is more black than IPA with molasses, burnt sugar, caramel, roasted malt and very light citrus. The best term I can use to define the taste is Sprecher. As in another ho-hum offering missing the mark in terms of taste and in this case, style. It’s barely hoppy and has a mild artificial that gets you from sip one and just kind of hangs. Jason said it best in his revue – it seemed bitter for the sake of being bitter. Mildly carbonated with some darker lightly roasted malts and no real hop character.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Twist-off bomber, Check. High fill, check. Not much fanfare when opened, check! Excited about this one! Poured cola brown with a nice, but not long-lived dark tan head. The aroma picked up a lot of cheap, sweet, sticky dark sugars (mostly along the molasses and vanilla lines).. mostly pine with lesser citrus hoppage around.. lightly roasty. The flavor was a lot more bitter than the aroma suggested, but it seemed bitter for the sake of being bitter.. lightly-roasted molasses and black patent malts supported.. odd, unpleasant sticky/sour/acrid bitter finish. Light-medium bodied and increasingly sour on the palate for no good reason.. left a resiny bitterness at the end.. I didn’t enjoy this.
arkurzynski (1369) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown with red hues. Aroma is very caramel with mild aspects of roasted malt and vanilla. Flavor is largely caramel finishing with mild roast and hop bitterness. This beer doesn’t commit to "black" or "IPA." Missing the refined Northwest hop aroma and bitterness and the smooth Carafa roast flavor. Largely a caramel bomb. More of a hoppy porter or a darker, hoppy brown ale. Worth a try - yes. Would I buy it again - no.
TheOldKid (46) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle pours to a dark brown, almost black kind of like a porter. The aroma is malty with just a hint of hops on the end. Taste is delightfully weird and strange. It has a malty lead in to the taste that reminds me of a bock or porter. The end of the taste is hops all the way, not too rough but just enough to make it an IPA. Overall this is a good beer. As far as Hybrid beers go this one seems to do it right.