ExpendableHero (708) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper/orange brew with a thin, off-white head. Strong aromas of grapefruits, and intense hops. Taste is a bit malty, some biscuit, loads of pine hoppiness, fresh cut grass, and some subtle hints of caramel. Ends on an herbal, bitter note. Oddly refreshing, and a great balance between the strong hop character and smooth malt. Very good.
Westmeister (1303) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ the brewery. Pours an amber orange with a nice off white head. Smell is citrus (orange and grapefruit) with some sugary caramel malts. The taste is medium bitter with citrus hops but is nicely balanced out by the caramel malt flavor. Easy drinking and very well balanced while still allowing the hops to shine. In no way a malt bomb. Lovely.
realbama (55) - Destin, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was very impressed with this beer. The look and aroma are great and all, but the taste of this brew is unique and fantastic. Very hoppy (of course), a little raisin, toasted wheat, fig... just a whole lot of greatness in the taste of this. A perfect session beer. Try one!
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Norfolk, VA. Ruddy orange pour, nearly reminiscent of a barleywine, with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of pine and grapefruit rind with a healthy amount of malt sweetness. The flavor is bold, bitter citrus hops with notes of tangerine and pineapple and huge caramel and brown sugar malts. The finish leaves a lingering bitter citrus and spicy coating on the tongue but there is also a touch of oak and vanilla that briefly makes an appearance. I think this has more in common with a barleywine than a DIPA in terms of appearance, aroma, taste, and palate. Whatever you classify this beer as it is a sure hit. An outstanding beer.
jw0406 (598) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours a dark amber color with an off white head. Aromas of caramel, malt and pine. Medium bodied, finishes with sweet malt
superspak (1906) - Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip, 2011 vintage, but no bottle date. Pours hazy red orange color with a fairly dense 1 finger light tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap. A bit of nice lacing sticks to the glass as well. Aromas of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, and tropical fruit; with a bit of pine, spices, and alcohol. Fairly sweet aromas here with good strength. Taste of big orange, grapefruit, caramel, pine, toasted malt, and spiciness. Nice amount of bitterness present on the finish, with lingering notes of caramel, pine, citrus, and a bit of spice. Pretty large amount of sweetness in comparison to bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied, with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden, with only a warming on the finish noticed. Decent drinkability for the level of alcohol, but it was still somewhat of a sipper. Overall a decent imperial red ale, but maybe it is better when it is fresh. This may have bit a bit too old.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 12 oz. bottle and thanks to Matt for sending this from Florida.Red amber in color and off white head. Full bodied beer with a great balance of sweet crystal and caramel malt followed by solid bitter hop goodness. Finish is smooth and balanced. I would drink this often if I was living in the South. Yum.
Cakes (344) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle
Interesting aroma, if not appealing.
Dark amber with a light tan creamy head. Big citrusy grapefruit aroma and sweet malt. Crisp bitterness with a good malt backbone and tons of hops. Very hoppy and thick. An excellent beer
Matts_Property (831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split with mcberko. Pours a dark copper/brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark fruits, syrup, molasses, booze, caramel, light hops. Flavour slightly more woody than the aroma would suggest. Nicely bitter too. Quite resinous and woody, balanced with the sweetness. Sweetness is a little dominating though. Not bad.
mcberko (4810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a murky dark red / mahogany with a beige / tan head, one-finger in width. Very aromatic nose, with heaps of caramel malt providing a strong backbone, grapefruit, dark fruits and truckloads of resinous hops. Flavour is both sweet and hoppy, in superb balance, with truckloads of both resinous hops and grapefruity / caramel malt. Finishes sticky sweet and mildly bitter. Most excellent.