hapjydeuce (983) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. I bought two back in 2010 and drank one the same day I brought it home, but with no rating. Now over three years later... Poured into my classic English Ale-style Pizza Port 11th Annual Real Ale Fest commemorative glass. Color is hazy light toasted gold with a fat head. I’m glad to see the carbonation held up over the last few years. The aroma is smattered with a character of orange peel, white peach, fresh cut grass, pear, banana and clove. Very, very nice. I thought the aroma would have toned down a bit by now. The flavor is sweet at first then leans dry and peppery. A slight bit of oxidation on the back end but I find it rather nice. Still has a complex finish that remains pretty damn balanced between sweet, spicy and dry. To be honest I wasn’t expecting it to be this good when I pulled it out of the ol’ cellar. I really enjoyed this one...maybe I should have let it sit longer....
Zita (5649) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sweet hoppy aroma,pale, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice beer.
snoworsummer (3496) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Liberty Station. Pours opaque yellow gold. Tastes like dry booze, toasted malt, syrup, citrus, and dried fruit. Medium body and low carbonation. Smells like hops, astringent alcohol, lemony citrus, and dry toasted malt.
Pyrmir (4353) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle at Hasse. Slightly hazy golden with white head. Aroma sweet and malty, spice, herbs, marmalade, cheese and some foot sweat notes. Taste is sweet and spicy, Cedar wood, marmalade, apricot, caramel with a spicy finish
Naka (717) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Once again, I forgot I had this so it is old now. Pours golden peach with a slight foamy white head. Aroma is spicy citrus and malt with some slight pine notes. Hop flavor is a ton of apricot with some pine in the finish. Rich body and nice lingering bitter.
slowrunner77 (7438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"nice beer for sure. a fusion between a west coast imperial and an english ipa. hops are big, but less floral and fruit, and more pepper. different yet familiar. quite frikkin tasty, though not quite as awesome as last years."
Butters (3982) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled with maniac. Hop profile has turned old and slightly stale. Sickly sweet, and without the burn that I recall from when it was fresh. Vaguely reminiscent of citrusy fruits and peppery spice. Not awful, but not great.
orangesol (984) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on-tap at Al’s of Hampden into a nonic pint.
A - Pours hazy sunkist orange with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to almost nothing, leaving light lacing down the glass.
S - Smells of pungent grassy hops, lightly toasted malt, bright citric fruits; most notably grapefruit and orange peel; and some light booze. Very bright and refreshing nose.
T - Lots of bright grassy hops up front giving way slowly to a mix of light malt, citric fruits, and plenty of pine resin. The viscous resiny feel is very strong, wearing on the pallet quickly. Finish is mostly sticky resin with plenty of lingering hop bitterness. Not bad, good not great.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sticky, resiny, feel with plenty of it lingering throughout the finish. The booze is light at the beginning, getting a bit stronger as it warms.
O - Not too bad. This one is definitely a sipper. I enjoyed the strong hop presence but the lingering sticky pine resin feel really wore me down quickly. I could have one of these but that is it.
Travlr (16783) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Churchkey. Aroma of pine, citrus, grapefruit, grass. Decent malt balance, but this one is all about the hops. Straightforward. Bitter.
generallee08 (756) - New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The body has a pale orange-ish tan color. It is quite hazy but carbonation is still visible. From the pour it makes a tall bright white head of tightly packed creamy foam. This slowly fades to thin foam covering that hangs on well and makes nice lace rings on the glass. The aroma is full of bright leafy, floral/botanical (almost minty) and citrusy hops with a hint of pine as well. Under that are notes of clean pale malt and bready yeast. The flavor is in your face hops right from the start. It is complex and brings all hop aroma notes to the flavor. The malt is clean, biscuity and adds a bit of sweetness at the start which makes the hop notes pop. There is a lightly noticeable sweet alcohol as well that adds some warmth. In the finish dry bready yeast and strong hop bitterness come out and dry things right up. This bitterness lingers on the tongue for some time in a good way. The body is just on the full side with nice lively carbonation.
boto (1969) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber: This one was hiding in the back of the fridge. It pours a fairly clear, straw golden yellow color. There was about a finger of white head on it that leaves a bit of lacing. Nice nose on this one! Floral and spicy hops are predominant. I get a little yeastiness too. The taste is good. Not much bitterness left, in fact a touch of sweetness poking through. Malts, perhaps a touch of orange, earthy, spice, a touch of breadiness. Very Nice!