merc7186 (2372) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Ginger, Cardamom, Mild Orange Zest
Appearance: Amber/Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Ginger, Mild Orange Zest, Mild Cardamom
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Spicy
Dfonorow (1676) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Hazy amber with a small, quickly disappearing head. Aroma and flavor of ginger, lemon peel, oak, and all spice. Finish is a bit sweeter - candi sugar, banana, and cloves.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed on 12.12.12
Celebrating the Vertical Epic Series
P: Slightly hazy golden body with active carbonation and nice tight layer of white head.
S: Lots of ginger, bubblegum, fresh grass, steeped green tea, citrus peel, jasmine, cardamom, lavender and stone fruit.
T/M: Floral flavors take the lead, followed by ginger, sweet malt, spices, Belgian yeast, citrus and herbal bitterness. Crisp dry body that has creaminess and finishes with herbal bitterness.
O: Well blended spices, stone fruits and aged nice. A light crisp and spicy beer for those warmer months. This more more like a Tripel in style.
Serving type: bottle
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden pour, lots of citrus and some yeast notes on the nose. Flavor is citrus peel and candied ginger with notes of honey coming through as well. This one was very drinkable, the abv was very well hidden, and the flavors were well balanced and complex. Delicious. Props to Sloth and StFun for hooking me up with this series!
BOSSbrewer (2258) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours hazy yellow. Spices. Coriander. I don't like. No head. Yuck.
rdixon77 (1200) - Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to drowland for the awesome share.
Hard to separate age and taste in this one. Murky orange pour. Nose of orange, banana, esters, candy sweetness, yeast. Taste slightly musty and oxidized. Orange and fruit throughout. Dulled sweet alcohol. Unsurprisingly low carbonTion, but not bad mouthfeel considering. Interesting but likely past prime.
drowland (6580) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rating #5800! 1/12/13. 22oz bottle thanks to Homer321! Hazed amber orange pour with a small khaki head that cuts to a small ring and laces mildly. Plenty of oxidation in the aroma, that papery aspect that always reminds me personally of a weird mintiness. Also hints of fruitiness, yeast, and very light spice. Oxidized flavor, orange peel, paper, mint, caramel, etc. Glad to try this one, but the age is definitely showing.
ajnepple (2901) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into an over-sized wine glass. Amber and hazy with a small, dissipating head. The aroma is dark fruit, Belgian yeast, more fruity esters (citrus, tropical), caramel malts, herbs, spices and light alcohol. Similar flavor, smooth, complex and sweet. Medium body with a creamy feel, soft carbonation and a lingering finish. This has aged pretty well, probably my favorite of the series.
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured during a 06-10 VE tasting.
Poured to NB globe.
A: golden, autumnal with little bubbles. Excellent clarity. Can agitate a transient head. No lacing.
S: Wow, complex beer here. Dominated by ginger, there can also be lemon peel, oak, mint, cardamom, other spice flavors. Very, very complex. Sweet. Further, the characteristics change and interweave as temp changes and beer breathes. So complex.
T: Ginger, and again, complex. The spices in here almost taste like a mulled compilation. The yeast finally makes an appearence here with bananas, belgo yeastiness. Would like to try again, warmed.
M: medium body with lower carbonation. Leaves mouth dry.
D: This beer is a sipper for sure. I wouldnt be able to drink more than an 8 oz pour of this one. Definitely the most complex of the group.
Serving type: bottle
EithCubes (5157) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Here’s the second in my vertical, a bomber bought in Bloomington on release, dusty but anticipated. Nose beautiful golden malt with rich, sweet overripe fruit (plums, cherries, red berries, peaches) and the suggestion of a reduced sauce that contains some alcohol -- a polished olfactory glaze. Dark golden with orange and red highlights but ends up much closer to brown than golden, very fizzy soapy head that quickly works its weight off. Sharp taste, sweet but spicy, dries somewhat as it works its way across the tongue, the fruit mentioned above melding with generic yeast before receding and allowing the orange and lemon forward. Cardamom and ginger are very, very light, certainly exhibit no heat, but the spicy influence on the aftertaste is perhaps strongest of all (has light coriander and nutmeg undertones, as well, and they’re next to faint grapefruit rind). Thin but persistent bitterness, faint tang but clean and intentional. Weak malt underdeveloped and really underfocused, and the fullish mouthfeel is ruined by far too aggressive carbonation. I don’t mind the downtick in quality from the previous year’s release, as this is, after all, still quite drinkable, but the recipe clutters the palate and the yeast character here is decidedly inferior.
They were aiming for a Saison/Tripel hybrid and ended up with more of a hoppy imperialized Wit; not much of a difference, I guess, save for the spicy slapdashery.