burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep golden color with nice head. Excellent IPA, which I usually donít care for. Couldnít believe that itís 8.5%. Itís masked well.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBSG í05 - a cloudy orange color with a white soapy head. some citrus and pine hops in the aroma, which is pretty much what the flavor profile was as well, but added a base of sweet malts to counter some of the hop bitterness. you could taste that this was a couple years old, and was probably alot better in its prime, based on how good it still was now.
asheft (2991) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Magnum at RBSG]
Hazy, yellowish orange with dotty lace and a bubbly white ring. Oxidized cereal grain aroma with ethanol, candy, and lemon notes. Also a touch of pine hops scent. The flavour is salty with hops yet with surprisingly low bitterness. Pumpernickel, some pine and subdued citrus. Probably aged too long. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For being four years old this still has quite a hoppy punch. This was getting some cardboard qulaities to it and becoming somewhat astringent, though. There were still nice signs of the grapefruity hops, balanced out by the toffee flavored malts. Decent beer, Iím sure it was better a couple years ago.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05í (Montrťal) Grand Tasting
Golden color, nice head, nice lacing. Nose of cherry and clean grassy hops. The flavor is balanced, aggressive, a bit old, but I can really taste what they were going for here, one of Stoneís better IPAs. Better than the Ruination at least.
hopscotch (10663) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Almost four years old...RBSG2005... Hazy orange ale with a small, khaki head. Good retention. Although the hops have probably mellowed over the past four years, there are still some wonderful notes of grapefruit, pineapple, evergreen, toffee and orange peel wafting from the glass. Thereís still a decent hop bite on the palate, but the caramel malt has seized control. Full-bodied and oily with lively carbonation. Lengthy, mostly sweet, but somewhat bitter finish. Still a great brew, but I bet it was even better in itís prime.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
07.08.05 RBSG Orange-amber pour, sticky head. Nose is surprisingly ketchup-like, banana, spicey hops, some spruce. Thin body and very dry. Flavor is not at all what I hoped it would be. Must have been better a few years ago.
muzzlehatch (4840) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice big sample from 3-litre bottle at RBSG. Nice big pop when the magnum is opened indicates a little pressure still, thatís nice! Big orangy-solid body with a bit of visible yeast and surprisingly durable head...nose quite oxidized though reasonably pleasant, moderately malty with light dry hoppiness....body is lightly smoky, fairly full, piney and citrusy with some rustic honey....thin dry finish really shows the age. Great once Iím sure, but just OK now.
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(3 litre magnum bottle) Sampled at RBSG 2005 in Montreal. Buttery nose with a ruination base. Piney hop flavour though the age is revealed - as its past its prime. Thin white head with a deep amber body.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 RBSG Montreal Friday Night Tasting. 3 L bottle. Hazy goldne amber colour. Caramel and fruity aroma, well melded from aging. Caramel, lightly spicy, plus a piny and grapefruit bitter finish. Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel. Iíll join the others who said they would have loved to try this fresh.