DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottles from Capone’s and Frank Smith’s. Pours hazy canary with 3 finger white sticky head. Nose is mangoey, spicy, floral, with malt, very fruity, with berry, and sweet. Very complex nose. Tastes malty, very assertively hoppy, reminds me a bit of a sweeter version of Southern Tier Hoppe mixed with Gemini. There’s a lot of hops here, a lot of fruit, some cloying notes, and a very earthy, spicy overall flavor. Very good, with minor late heat, and very unique. I’d love too stack this against some of Stone’s historically great IPAs/IIPAs. Well done, Greg.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-01-08. Lightly hazy golden pastel body with a small fluffy white head. 3+ Pleasant bitterness throughout, light fruity character, lemon grass as it warms. 7+ Pleasant hoppy aroma, sweet lemon, dry lemon accents. Smooth average bodied palate. Very enjoyable, alcohol is barely noticed. Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo
"…But then it hit your gut… and ricocheted!"
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a clear golden bronze with a stringy-lacing froth of white head. Has a sweet pale malty nose with some grassy grapefruity hoppy notes and earthy undertones. Starts with pretty good fullness and sticky pale malty sweetness with a resiny lemongrass hop flavor before a drier, lightly bready and bittersweet finish. A pretty unique concept, but I’ll stick with the traditional ESB or American IIPA.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a hazy light amber colir with a large pillowy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and spicy, herbal hops. The taste is very bitter, intensely bitter hops. Big herbal notes with a slight medicinal quality, with some stone fruits, citrus and caramel. Medium-full bodied. Definitely an interesting one.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 First rating
650 ml (bomber) bottle, thanks to ekstedt!
BB 2011-04-30, sampled on December 15, 2010
Hazy hay colored yellow color, medium though lasting off-white head. Sweet, sugary, hoppy, berry, alcohol scent. Hoppy at first in the taste, though quickly move on to maltys weet mixed with sweet alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, warming alcohol. Medium hop bitterness, but a dry alcohol bitterness is very evident.
Rated in a blind tasting
650 ml bottle thanks to Mats (not on Ratebeer)!
Sampled on December 17, 2010
BB date 2011-04-30.
Cloudy yellow color with yeast particles, smallish off-white head. Sweet, a bit of stable scent, also cheese. Hoppy, red berries, apricots, sweet, dry taste. Very dry aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, high dry bitterness.
Bottle is too big, even when shared with 3 the first time and 5 the second, most of it still got poured out.
Bottle thanks to larsniclas! On February 4, 2011
Cloudy apricot color with floating stuff in it, white head. Sweet, caramel, hoppy scent. Malty, cream, bitter, hoppy, grainy taste. Warming alcohol. Medium mouthfeel, medium dry grainy aftertaste.
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for Zwanze Day 2011 as well as the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 17, 2011
Slight bit hazy yellow color, medium sized white head. Grainy, malty, some white pepper, sweet scent. Sweet, malty, bitter, grainy, hoppy, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Grainy and alcohol aftertaste.
Like it better on draught and less fresh than the bottles I’ve tried in the past.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber. Pours a clear to barely hazy bright orange with a thin, semi-rocky, light yellow head with spotty lace. Extremely weird aroma of fruity, fresh EKG hops, cantaloupe, butternut squash. Taste is very bitter, super dry, lots of overripe cantaloupe, honey dew melon, some metallic notes that urge on vomit like flavors. Very unpleasant. Then 9% rolls in and just turns this into a difficult beer to enjoy: too dry, too boozy, too much butternut squash and super weird hop varietals. Boadicea hops???
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured clear, slightly-richer-than-straw golden with a sticky cap of white head. The aroma picked up wet, juicy grapefruit, tangerine, and peppery earth over apricot meat and pale malts.. warm overall and very fruity, with a fine complement of black pepper. The flavor found the aforementioned black pepper just slightly above all other facets of the drink.. fruity notes, pale malts, and a hit of honey at the core.. very bitter on the edges and finish, showcasing tangerine, grapefruit, and earth.. a bit catty in the end with lots of bitterness and warmth. Medium-bodied and well-carbonated on the palate.. very bitter with an atypical blend of hops (that worked fairly well).. flowed well. I’d drink this again.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden beer with an off-white head. Grapefruit and light tropical fruit aroma. Grapefruit and light spice flavor with pine, tropical fruit, and light caramel. medium-plus bodied. Great bitterness. Spice and grapefruit lingers with light caramel and pine.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Buckeye on our way to RBSG. Pours a hazed grey to brown with a medium sized beige head. Toasty and nutty, hoppy citrus and toast. Spicy, subtle and complex. Does have a bit of a strawberry flavor, the very seedy ones. Nutty and juicy. Light alcohol, long tannins and grapefruit bitterness.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 25, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at R&H NY
Aroma rather muted for style with alcohol sowing trough, bitterness with malts.6-
Appearance hazed amber-gold with fine carbonation. Fine mid – light top, decent lace. 3+
Flavor and Palate : Full bodied. Malty body covered in fruity0leafy bitterness, tartness on walls. Mid is lip-smacking brutal bitterness. Finish reminds me of bitter vodka from Poland. Mellower with time with herbal-bitter finish. Still quiet unbalanced.