FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Best by Date of January 2007, Sampled March 2007
Pours with a brilliantly clear, markedly reddish, copper color that is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that has some staying power to it. The aroma has a bright, clean, hopped up, candied fruit character to it. Notes of sweetened peaches, tropical fruit, apricots, lychee, candied orange peel, and super ripe tangelos are quite descriptive of the aroma. I don’t know why but it almost seems to clean, but at least if you dig around a bit you can some nice toasty / caramelized malt notes in the aroma.
Strangely this beer does not have much taste as it first hits your tongue, I get a sense of bitterness, but it is not until I start to swallow that the fruity hop character becomes noticeable. The hops are accentuated by a lightly caramelized malt sweetness, and even a touch of alcohol accentuates the sense of bitterness in the finish. This beer is very clean, in fact too clean, a lot of the flavor seems to have been filtered out of this brew. It is not nearly as big and hoppy as I was expecting, even though there seems to be enough malt here to get this to a Doubly IPA hopping level. Bright notes of sweet citrus, lychee and tropical fruit are definitely the biggest flavor contributors here.
This beer just ends up leaving me dissatisfied. What is really disappointing is that this should have been an explosion of hop flavor, instead the brewer seems to have filtered this beer into a flabby, flat shadow of a Double IPA.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Beer is clear, medium amber-brown with a small, white, frothy, quickly diminishing head.<P>
The aroma is malty with a moderate note of toasted grain/bread, light note of caramel; Hoppy with moderate-to-heavy notes of resinous pine, grapefruit oil, light herb; Yeasty with a light note of dough; Trace note of alcohol.<P>
The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately-to-heavily bitter with a long, warmish, moderately bitter, lightly sweet finish.<P>
The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.
Ernest (6221) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, apricot), with a note of turpentine/alcohol.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
A decidedly plain example, but not bad. Lots of green hop with little stuffing. Not much to hold my interest.
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. hazy copper and thin head. strong fresh hop aroma. medium body. small bitterness. very nice hop taste. citrus and strong pine. perfume.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. Pours copper amber orange in color with a thin and wimpy off white head. Really nice pine and flowery aroma. Sweet and grapefruit flavors. This is quite good.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle. Had a sample but wanted to try full pint. Aroma is citrus and the mix of sugar/water nector the wife makes for the hummingbirds. Orange body with off white head mild lacing. Flavor is a good dose of citrus grapefruit that leaves a somewhat pine and citrus aftertaste on palate. Good brew.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Arizona strong Beer Fest
Aroma is citrus, pine and caramel with a big creamy caramel and grapefruity flavor and a nice silky finish.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper in color w/ a thick semi creamy froth that reduces slowly to a full canopy and lacing. The froth really clings to the walls on this one. Aromas of thickly carameled citrus rind. Full nectar w/ soft and creamy residual effers. Thick malts and ample hops defines this one. The hops have a nice sting to it though delayed. Big bittered caramel, leather, slight grapefruit, vanilla. Sweetness factor is moderate for this genre. Finish is long and bittered w/ citrus rind. Overall: Thick and creamy w/ a delayed hop sting on the aftersip. A nice specimen.
BeerandBlues2 (9700) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22-oz. bottle. Pours a clean and clear amber with spare white rocky head, mostly diminishing, leaving a patchy film and fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (meal, toasted cereal), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, citrus), l;ight yeast (dough, sweat) with notes of orange, grape and spruce. Light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness, flavor of spruce and citrus hops mixed with toasted malt and obligatory yeast. Medium bodied, sticky texture and fizzy carbonation.
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap-pours a white head and gold color. Aroma is crisp grapefruit hops. Taste is crisp grapefruit hops with plenty of a bite/bitterness. Smooth.