Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber body, tan head. Aroma is piney hops, caramel, nice hoppiness that fills the room. Taste is much like the aroma, with light dried fruits. Nice body.
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium sized tan head with good retention and a sweet coating lace that lasts. Clear copper/amber colored brew. Nose is plentiful with juicey, citrusy hops, light pine and a light malty sweetness. Body is medium, coating on the palate, invitingly resiny and just a tad chewy, me like it! Plenty of hoppy goodness, fruity, citrusy and bit piney also. The crystal malts are well balanced with all the hoppy goodness. Mildly sweet and a bit bready, doughy. Finish is lightly sweet, hoppy as hell with a big ole hop bite to conclude this ride. For some reson i taste a little Arrogance here, hmmm. One swell IPA, indeed. Thanks to Robert @ ststelineliquors for this bad boy. Much appreciated!! Man i,ts great to be a lover of the Pale Strong!
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 4, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 16 oz. can. Nice deep golden apperance...nose is mostly piney hops and caramel. This thing has got the perfect balance goin on. Superb flavor and mixture of hops/malts - with a nice soft carbonation. Perfect for sipping or a pounding session. This thing is exploding with flavor for being 6%. Wish I could try this off tap - which I hear is a lot better. Nice one!
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A huge thanks to theisti for hauling this one back from the Twin Cities for me. Pours a clear, dark amber/brown with a large, frothy, beige head. The aroma punches you in the face with heavy grapefruit and pine and just a touch of sweet caramel malts hiding in the background. The mouthfeel is the closest thing to perfect that I’ve ever gotten from and IPA; medium-bodied, creamy and lightly effervescent with a tight bitter finish. The flavor is an excellent blend of sweet caramel malts and in-your-face grapefruit and piney hops. Any hop head that has yet to savor this brew should immediately add it to their "want" list and start making friends with someone from The Land of a Thousand Lakes. The folks in MN are truly fortunate. Thanks again Tim.
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Quake1028 for binging this one along. I’ve been looking forward to trying it.
Pours a murky orange to copper color with off white head out of a 16oz can. Huge hop aroma of pine hop bitterness. It is simply a firm slap in the nose of citrus hops. The flavor is just like the aroma with just huge pine hop bitterness and not nearly as big grapefruit hop bitterness too. I can just sense a sweet maltiness way way in the back of the big pile of hops. Very nice true hop monster of a beer.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice IPA. Slightly hazy, with a beautiful, frothy lush head. The aroma is perfectly clean hoppiness but still well-balanced with sweet malts. Pleasant earthiness and very herbal overall. The flavor is full of peat and hops, and is clean and refreshing. Some minerals in the finish. Very dry, very heavy. Nice.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to mcbackus for sending this one over in a trade. Furious pours out of the can an amber body with an off white head. As soon as the beer is poured, huge grapefruit notes fill the air. Nose is citrus rinds, floral hops, spice, grapefruit. Flavor is fully hops, pine, citrus, also with a very sight hint of a malt backbone sneaking in at the last minute. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied and a long, spicy, brutal hop finish. This one tastes bigger than advertised. Very good.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with joebrew and scluffman. Excellent hop nose and body with a similary dry hopped body.
probstblueribbon (2871) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 oz. can shared with Lubiere (merci!), served almost cold in a goblet. MA26/07.
App.: Lazy orange-brown, flecks of yeast, small light tan head.
Aroma: Tons of piney-citrusy hops (marmalade) ;some sweet malts behind that.
Palate: Medium body and carbonation.
Flav.: Lots of caramel and cotton candy esters; bitter orange marmalade; slightly off-dry, good bitterness with a great citrusy aftertaste.
Great stuff! I was furious that the can was empty so fast.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 16oz Can. Pours a mostly transparent, deep caramel amber with shades of braeburn apple skin, topped with a tall layer of foamy beige head. Clean hoppy aroma with notes of fresh grapefruit zest, watermelon rind, lemon pith, and bitter planty herbs. A hint of mango skins as well, backed by a graham cracker biscuity malt base. Light bodied, creamy carbonation. The carbonation is a bit thin and un-natural; a bit more crispness would help liven the palate up some. The malt body that greets the tongue has a great caramel sweetness though it doesn’t get too sweet or sticky and fits the light body quite well. A bit of spicy centennial-like tarocco orange squeezed over a teething biscuit; sounds weird, but I like it. Clever and dramatic in the way it starts sweet and malty, but ends dry and bitter - the extremety of the palate sensations is quite remarkable. Finish is long and dry, with a great sprucy bitterness left lingering. Thanks, Tom!