CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At first I was a little skeptical. How can a double pale ale be any different than their Ruination IPA? I was wrong...Pours a bright clear orange copper with a thick lacing off-white head. Aroma is mostly hops with a touch of crystal malt. It starts sweet with some caramel and toffee and turns into a hop factory full of resin, bitterness and floral aspects. Finishes tremendously dry, crisp, bitter and refreshing. No hints of alcohol in the taste. A good, very drinkable and distinct beer and a happy 7th anniversary to a great brewery!
FROTHINGSLOSH (6839) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From old tasting notes back when this one was fresh. Sampled from a 22 oz bottle this beer poured a dark amber color with a large tan head. The aroma was strong sweetish fruity hops. The flavor was all about the fruity hops but with an underlying harshness that put me off a bit. Very one dimensional and this one did not really stand out to me.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On top of the copper hue is a off-white frothy head which produces outstanding coating of the glassware. Aroma hints of ripe fruit, roasted buttery malts, aromatic hops, and earthy yeast esters. Started caramel and toffee sweet but then developed a biiter bite. I noticeable alcohol presence to detected but not overpowering. Also got a bit of spice on the finish. Balanced out pretty well and should get better with time. The mouthfeel is moderately metallic and lush, again this will also improve in time. This brew is very drinkable now and then you should save yourself a bottle for 6 months down the road.
Pailhead (6426) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Lots of caramel with a light hop balance in the aroma. Pours a transparent orange with a small white head. Lots of caramel and light banana bread up front. Hops are very subdued at this point but are still present. Reminds me a lot of an aged barely wine. Would have really like to have tried this a little more fresh.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours gold with a white head. Smells of caramel and amazingly hints of hops are still present. Tastes of caramel, orangey and slightly earthy. Finishes with a light peppery note.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 Pretty clear dark amber robe with a generous off-white head, very sticky to the glass. After one sniff: "We've got a winner of the day!". The nose is more reminiscent of an IPA, hops are certainly there, reminding of oranges, but what manages to impress here is the BIG caramelic malt presence. The Body is full, round, almost visquous with above average carbonation. I found it to have not only a definite hop character (while it's an attack, it's not overly agressive in its bitter) but also an algae feeling. The malt plays games with the tongues, one minute it's honey, the other it's maple. Chewy! Thank you Jazz88 !
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange with some brown hues. Malty aroma with lots of caramel sweetness and some hop presence. Obviously aging has mellowed this one. Its got some pleasant caramel sweetness with a subdued fruity hops. The finish leaves a tingling hoppiness. A nice beer to sit, sip and enjoy.
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Poured a dark reddish amber color with a very small head. Citrusy hop aroma, possibly a hint of roast, could be smelled 2 feet away from the glass. Strong citrus hop taste up front, balanced by a nice malt backbone. Hops sting your tongue real nice!
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy, thick orange. Thin, even head, even with a fairly careless pour. Very fragrant - Kind of floral, but also cinnamon and toffee. First taste is ever so slightly candyish, and then herbal and bitter, but an earthy and musty bitter. Somewhere a little citrus pops up. Rich, full mouth coating finish. lingering smoke taste, but just a tiny bit.
TheBeerGod (6027) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to argo0 for this! Copper body with small tan head. Nose is malt and a piney hop mix. Some sweetness is definitely there but is complimented by the hops. WOW! Very hoppy body. Some maple syrup notes in there as well. Seems like a sweeter Ruination IPA to me. Finish has very little bitterness, surprisingly enough. Rather smooth though. Very good beer. Recommended!