TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours an attractive amber color with a big totally retained off white head. Heavy lacing with this one. Aroma is big hoppy, very fresh hop aroma with nice juiciness. A little cereal aroma also. Flavor is straightforward hoppy goodness, though just a bit of a let down relative to the aroma. Hoppy goodness none the less. Palate is smooth and oily.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Firey, amber hued pour. Massive cascade hop aroma, like pine needles that have sat under rain for hours. Grapefruit and lemon in the flavor balance well with heavy, malty Scotch sweetness. This smacks with a flair of almond creme frosting. Finishes with a bite of spicy, crisp lemon pepper. A somewhat unusually heavy palate. Slick and dense, like a double without the ache of alcohol. Bitter, smooth hop comfort.
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Rerate: Tested this beer against 9 others, and this came out tiied for the 2nd best. Bitter orange/grapefruit flavor. Very nice!
Want hops...try this beer. Itís very hoppy and very good. Itís bitter, itís piney, itís not well balanced, but thatís the idea. If you donít like hops, you wonít probably like this beer. Fortunately for me, I like hops, and therefore like this beer. I would say though that the variety of hops used is not at the very top of my list. Not that that makes this a bad beer, but there are better IPAís out there. I donít know how this gets classified as an amber ale. In my book, itís an IPA all the way. Original Rating = 3.8
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Barley Johns. "Imperial Red" would likely be the slot to file this one under. Lovely in the glass, projecting an ambient caramel orange glow with a bubbly tan top. Sweet honey hops speak of amarillo and simcoe sentiments. Sugary smooth grapefruit channels up the nose and cherry amaretto toffee takes center stage. All in all, this nose is a glorious, sugary starfruit assortment. Bitter flavor abatement christens sweet honeydew and amarillo bliss. Buttered rum with grenadine. Furious indeed. Cherry grahams from sweet cobbler, spiked with bitterness beyond belief. Sharp and synoptically sweet, drumming out some sharp alpha acids at the edges. Hints of superlative caramelized scotch traits gives a desirable spicy background. Fuller bodied with epically balanced and spicy-sweet sables, and a hop agenda that inserts new enthusiasm unto whatever category it gets filed under. Honeycomb and grapefruit encrusted with rock candi sugar close the door on an extremely enjoyable ale.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 My thanks to Al (Pigfoot) for this beer on draught at the Blue Nile. A strange beer, and hard to classify. It tastes like an American Strong or IIPA, but the alcohol content is too low for that. This beer has an out standing hop aroma. The hops in this beer are bitter and lightly herbal, but they lack fruit or flowery characteristics. The beer is thick like syrup. Simply hops in the flavor, and loads of them. I got a light hop burn from this beer.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 Holy hops batman! Nice grapefruit and citrus aroma. Too much bitternes for me, but very nice flavor. Some maltiness hiding in the background.
undsioux7 (789) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 Re-Rate: I have figured out that the lines at Old Chicago suck ass and hurt a beers flavor big time. I will not drink there again.
This is now a go to beer for me after drinking it out the the can, (put poured in a glass). Just a monster hop of a beer but that surly twist that makes it stand out from the crowd.
JudgeDread (16) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love this beer. Supper Hoppy!!! Clean and refreshing. I could drink it all day. And I live close to the brewery!!
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 Reddish colour with large eggshell head on top. The head colapses after a few minutes into a coating on top with extra clinging to the sides of the glass. It feels like I opened a fresh bag of hops when I stick my nose into the glass. Very grassy with some grapefruit and cirtus. The body is right in the middle, not thick and sticky, and could never be confused with being thin. The taste is big! Hops dominate the flavour with a big upfront slap of slightly bitter and hugely citrus hops. Itís like hop juice was poured into this to get this amount of hops. The amazing thing is that this balances out with a great malty aftertaste. The hop flavours remina, but that balance is essential and tames the hops down a bit. Itís amazing that they are able to acheive this balance. 9/4/7/3/16-3.9 Copper colouring with a foamy tall head. Aroma is mostly floral hops, maybe some citrus in there as well. Mostly bitter hops taste thatís not very well balanced out by the malts. 7/3/4/3/11-2.8
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at the brewery. decent head little lacing light hop aroma with a little caramel and malt thrown in. taste was bitter hops with a burnt caramel and malt that is pretty good nice floral hop aroma. i cant wait to see this brewery grow.