BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I split a couple of cans of this with Flyer and SurlySober, and I have to agree with the sentiment of Flyerís review (below); this beer is agressively hopped, very bitter (99 IBUs according to the can), and quite dry. However, there wasnít a lot else to its flavor (no citrus, pine, grass, flowers, etc - all the other stuff that IPAs taste like). However, it was a very smooth 99 IBUs, if thatís at all possible. Mouthfeel is quite smooth up-front, and the bitterness comes in slowly as the beer sits in your mouth and slides down your throat. I found this beer smooth but not quite to watery. The most drinkable very bitter beer that Iíve yet tried, although I agree that it would have benefited from the addition of some other flavor notes.
The first thing that I noted about this beer was its packaging. The color and images of the can made me think that a lot of people must accidentally purchase this thinking it is some kind of energy drink; or perhaps a caffeinated drink like Sparks. Appearance of the beer itself is a clear-but-not-brilliant copper with lots of white head. Smell is highly hoppy. Flavor is as I described above. Mouthfeel is smooth and highly drinkable, almost to the point of being watery, but far enough from there to just be very drinkable. Given all the great choices out there, I canít say Iíd be in a rush to drink more of this, but during my next can-only expedition (canoeing, swimming etc), it might come along; or at least it would if we could buy it here in Milwaukee.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2007 The deep orange-red color and creamy head probably raised my expectations, and this beer fell a little short of those. This is a pretty good IPA, but just didnít crack my top tier. Itís very bitter, and I like bitterness when itís complemented by other hoppy flavor notes, but I didnít get a lot of those -- some grapefruit, maybe a little pine, maybe even a little lemon (?), but mostly just bitterness, over a solid malt backbone. A little bit of a one-trick pony.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy hopscotch. Pours a dark caramel color with a light white head. Smells of big hoppy grapefruit and some nice malty characters, form the background. Taste is just monster hops, attacking me from all angles. Big grapefruit action, not much else to pull out of this beer, seems almost like a double IPA to me. I need to try more of this breweries beers.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber color, sligh head. Powerful piney, resinous hop aroma. Is wrong that I now have wood? Flavor is intense, yet the beer remains dangerously drinkable. Bravo.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
C-Bus 7 Can shared by jsquire: Pours amber with a light tan head. Aroma loads of pine, caramel, citrus and earthy notes, I could smell this all day. Flavor, piny, earthy, a nice malty caramel background. Great bitter finish, this stuff was fantastic.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 Can from theisti. Pours an orangey brown with a huge sticky cream colored head. Unbelievably thick and sticky lace. The aroma is caramelized fruit, pine, well buttered toast. Superbly balanced flavors of toasted malts and piney hops. Perfect mouthfeel. Just big enough to not be watery, yet thin enough to be easy to drink. Really a fantastic beer.
jrob21 (2559) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear reddish amber color. Big offwhite head. Pine, resin aroma. Some light fruit smells as well. Taste is smooth, muted hops, malt back bone, bitter finish. Nice full bodied beer. I would have pegged this as a double with all the sweetness going on. Word up to incutrav.
ryan (3186) - 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 (3351) - Media, 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.