Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden bronze hue. Big tight cream colored head. Sweet floral nose, citrus, then all stinky resinous hops. Bready, sweet malts, faint light fruit, wheat beer notes, then bang! Hops and alcohol smack ya in the mouth. Full chewy body, steady carbonation, somewhat reasonably balanced I spose. Pineapple, tangerine, big citrus, grapefruit, spicy earthy hops. Quite drinkable if you dont mind some serious hops in yo arse!
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden color with a thick and rocky off-white head. Thin and stringy lacing. Aroma of citrus, spice and hops. Light, zesty body with a crisp and peppery character. Grapefruit, hops and spice flavors dominate but there is a bit of sweet malt in the background too. The finish is spicy with more citrus. Pretty good hodgepodge style beer.
Panzuriel (1225) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich copper hued liquid with a thick white foam. Nose is sharp hops with a nice juicy hop presence. Taste is nice tangy and hoppy dry bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth but a nice fizzy explosion. The beer resolves into a nice hop filled bitter happiness.
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle: light hazy amberish w/ a lasting off white/cream colored head and a fizzy body. Initial aroma is of Sierra Mist on hops!!!!! Not quite, but lemony and grapefruit hops dominate! I’ve heard some comparisons to Gumballhead, but this has a much more refined and smoother hop aroma IMHO! A bit grassy as it warms, but still a nice floral and citrusy hop bouquet. Unfortunately, very little malt presence when cool, but alcohol comes into the aroma as it warms. A very light toasted wheat malt and pretty clean of esters. Flavor is well balance, citrusy hop flavored, of course, and has a clean, citrusy and piney hop flavored finish & aftertaste which lingers toward citrusy, like sucking on a lemon flavored LiveSaver. A bit astringent up front, but smooths out w/ a lighter body and higher carbonation as it warms. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. I’d have to say, this is a very refreshing beer if it were still 90+ degrees outside, even w/ the alcohol level where it is. A bit dry in the finish, slighly tart from the wheat, and a bit citrusy and dry from the hops! Nice beer in moderation!
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The American Strong Ale category is so varied; I had no idea what to expect from this beer. Color golden with a small but lasting head and decent lacing. Aroma fruity, a little sour, phenolic and alcoholic.
Taste yeasty, malty, subtly hoppy-bitter, with a tart, astringent sweet yet not sweet (zen sweetness?) finish. Interesting beer. Not as complex as I would expect. From the description I expected a kicked up 3FL gumballhead. Now THAT would have been a treat!
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2005
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle consumed on 9/13/2005. Pours a copper-orange colored body with bottle-conditioned tiny bubbles forming a foamy white head, fair retention, little to no lacing. Smells like ruination. Very Hoppy. Bit of pineapple and coconut milk, lots of leafy green hops. Finally, some alcohol in the nose, detracts. Flavor has very low malt sweetness. Aside from the bottle conditioned carbonation, it has a papery, dry astringent feel. Gets rather sour as it progresses and then a flood of alcohol comes. Sour, heavily astringent, heavily alcoholic/fuelic. The hops bitterness exacerbates this and it just falls apart as it warms. Incredibly alcohol ridden in both nose and flavor now. 3/4 of the bottle goes down the drain. Not sure what to think. I bought this bottle in a cooler, the first week it was out and then kept it in my fridge until I was ready to drink it. Problems in transit? Who knows. Mike always says that the trucks are kept air-conditioned, so it’s hard to believe. Will certainly give it another try though.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Inviting grapefruit/citrus hop nose nearly overpowers the toasty wheat, which is only slightly evident in the aroma. While the combo works OK in the nose, it becomes muddled in the body. Loads of hop bitterness clash with the smoothness of the wheat, creating dirty off flavors that don’t seem to fit this ’clean’ beer. Wet dirt is one I keep getting in the finish. The heavy mouthfeel doesn’t help either. The loads of citrusy hops are overpowering throughout and just don’t synch with the wheat (and yeast) for me. I would take their near perfect IPA any day of the week and twice on Sunday over this.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, this is one fine looking beer. Poured into my Konings Hoeven (LaTrappe) trappist glass, and it looks wonderful. The thin white head went away leaving a glassy copper body glowing underneath. The aroma is stoney. Stonish? Stone-like. Whatever, it tons of hops. It’s hard to get notes of the wheat, but its there. This beer has some life to it. Flavor is moving, I like this. Its got the initial robust wheat flavor then comes around with the sharp bit of bitterness, spice and some sweet wheat loving.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 Rerate 11/13/06: Pours has a good amount of white foam. Aroma still has a health dose of citrusy hops. Body is somewhat oxidized but has good complexity of sweet caramel malt. Has lost some of its hop sharpness, and is probably past its prime. but is still quite drinkable.
Original rating 9/15/05: Pours a lightly hazy copper orange with a frothy and well-lacing white head. Nice fresh crisp hoppy aroma has some sweet crystal malt and grainy wheat. Body starts with a nice candy malty sweetness and good mild citrusy and piney hops. Finishes sugary, semi-bitter, earthy and lightly warming. An interesting and enjoyable beer.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours a lightly hazy orange-copper color with a two finger thick, frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is sticky with citrusy, fruity hop notes that remind me of grapefruit, tangerines, candied orange peel, apricot and a backbone of herbal pine. The beer is lightly sweet up front, and the finish is long with a note of herbal astringency and a bit of alcohol. This beer is of course dominated by the fruity hop notes that is dominated by candied notes of orange peel and apricots. This beer has a sharp bitterness that follows this beer from start to finish. The candied note that is in this beer is quite prevalent, really the apricot note is becoming more apparent as this beer warms up a bit. At this point (about a quarter done) this beer is definitely a bit one dimensional in its aggressive hoppiness; this is all good for someone who likes hops. The alcohol is the one detracting note at this point, though it is not that noticeable and in fact actually begins to become quite a bit more tame as the beer warms up. This beer actually probably needs another month or so to calm down and let the hops really shine.
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