jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the can at C-Bus 7. I have to admit that this beer seems really good just because it comes out of a can, and Iíve been trained that only crappy beer comes in cans. Surly cans some great brews. Deep amber beer with a big, foamy biege head. HUGE hoppy nose with notes of apricot, peach and grapefruit. The hops continue to dominate in the flavor with grapefruit rind, pine resin, and peach. Long orange rind finish. Great hop head beer.
kyzr (1143) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Skyview I finally got to try it. Dark pour with big off-white head. HOPS, my oh my are there hops on the nose. Pine is all over this nose. Big orange peel flavor up front that is well balanced with a hint of roasty malt. Medium body that coats the palate with hops, finish as expected is hoppy that just leads to the next sip!
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2009 I had this on tap at Sunsets in Wayzata and it was real fresh. This is a great beer to enjoy on a sunny day. They serve it in a frosted mug which worried me. I usually think beer can be too cold that way. But this beer has so much flavor that it is a bit overwhelming if you let it get too warm. But it is full of complexity that is balanced well.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A darker colored IPA, more of a dark brownnish/burgundy color with a full, wispy head. Extremely fragrant hop nose, itís extremely piney and sappy, also a bit medicinal and foresty. Hints of lemon and lime as well come from the sensational aroma. Sweeter and maltier than most IPAís, but with a lovely, fresh hop flavor. Awfully complex and well brewed. This is deserving of its high score.
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 (2341) - 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) - Orange County, 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 (1276) - 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 Iíve 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 (6210) - 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. Iíve 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.