ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear light amber with a small white head. The aroma is grapefruit, apricot, catty and some caramel. The flavor is caramel, light sweetness, resinous pine, lots of grapefruit and pithy citrus peels. Medium body with soft carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to HawkEye19 for this beer. Poured a dark effervescent amber with a fizzy/creamy off-white head. Nice aroma of ruby red grapefruit and pine, with a bit of maple syrup. Some buttery notes sneak in as it warms. Flavor is intense and hoppy with notes of bitter grapefruit and pine needles predominating, with a touch of toffee, leading to a long dry and bitter finish. This started out great, but subtle flaws like a bit of butteriness crept in as it warmed, adding a mild tarnish to what otherwise would have been a pristine hop experience. Body also felt a tad soft and creamy for the style. Thereís some great bitterness here coupled with good hop flavor, though in the future I will have to prevent it from warming too much.
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
16 oz can. Peachy brown, not quite clear. Brief white head. Orange blossom and nectarine with piney caramel. Taste is equally sharp and fresh. Hops dominate with bready grapefruit, orange toffee and finally bitter lemon. Light carb, oily then dry with pine sap.
MaxxDaddy (392) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can courtesy of pantanap (thanks!). Poured a dark amber with plenty of white head. You could smell the hops from across the room. Very piney with some citrus in there. I enjoyed the caramel malt base which led into the piney, grapefruity hops. Finish was all pine needles and lingered for a decent amount of time. Mouthfeel was moderate, not too sticky. Iím not the biggest hops fan in the world, but I enjoyed this quite a bit.
hezron (609) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh, floral-pine, grapefruit and other tropical fruits. Very bright, some caramel, bready notes underneath. Cloudy amber-brown in color with a thin, off-white head. Poured the unexpected yeast shot into my glass. Toasted caramel flavor, rich and malty with a healthy dose of grapefruit that fades to a pine filled finish that hangs in my mouth. Very balanced and drinkable. Medium body, almost creamy, nice texture with a drying finish. Thanks to Brigadier for sharing!
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a can. Maybe jut a bit of a murkiness so this beer, slightly muddle dark orange color. Chewy caramel and sweaty, maybe-grassy hop nose, a bit of metallic and burnt hop scents as well. This isn’t the type of IPA/DIPA I prefer, so I wasn’t too hot about this one... over time I came to really dislike the burnt orange hop flavors, began to taste like nails.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel with lots of citrus hops. Flavor is roasted malts, with lots of grassy, citrus bitter hops.
Duster72 (117) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark blood red with an impressive tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is big hops with an emphasis on the pine and citrus. Taste is sweet carmel malts up front with earthy and citrus hops behind it to clean off the palate. Very nice taste. A bitter aftertaste lingers and gets a little on the nasty side which hurts the mouthfeel. My first drink of this I was thinking 5. After finishing the can, itís not quite there, but itís damn good.
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from IrishBoy (thanks, richard) - medium amber pour, with a lasting, frothy, eggshell white head - agressive, piney hop bite in the aroma, with some earthy, herbal qualities - Iíve never tasted this kind of malt in anything other than a scottish ale, and itís flavor really works well with the dry, hoppy, grassy character - sure, it winds up tasting like a super-hoppy scottish ale, but whatís wrong with that? - toasty, dry, biscuity notes and a hint of woodiness - this is some quality stuff.
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
can from brewso: pours a with a very large off white head and a deep orange clean colour. aroma is full of citrusy hops. the flavour is citrus hops with a fantastic bitter hop finish. a real great driniking beer. thanks again brewso, i am glad i got 4 of them.