craftbeerdesign (2176) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 bottle on 5/28/10... pours a perfect dark brown with a 1+ finger creamy beige head with bubbles up top. The head settles down to a solid 1/4"+ throughout. I really like to see a solid head throughout an IPA, black or gold. Across the nose, a solid level of hops linger intertwined with some creamy malts. Over the mouth a medium body carries an aggressive bitterness with notes of citrus and light honey. The sweet malts flow from top to bottom and finish with a surge of more citrus hops. Overall, this is a really nice dark IPA with a creamy body that delivers a perfect blend of malt and hop.
on tap at mellow mushroom... very different brown ale... a hoppy brown ale. palate is a little thin, light brown color. tastes wonderful.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Brick Store. Not sure how fresh this was. Not much hop bite as I had heard about. Decent brown.
decaturstevo (5024) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 07 grand tasting thanks to Captain Cougar. A brown pour with a light head and lacing. A huge hop profile for a brown ale. Malt dominates on the front end followed by a very good hop bitter but not as dominate as the nose would suggest. Not over the top but very good. Carbonation is pretty good for a growler. Palate is just a bit thin but not bad. Overall a good concept on high hopping a brown ale.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Clear brown with a thin tan head. Hoppy citrus nose, floral and caramel. The flavor is not nearly hoppy as the nose suggests, sweet caramel and lemongrass, some nuts and a light roastiness.
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Growler... RBSG 07... Cloudy, clay-colored ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, off-white head. Decent retention. The nose is a churning eddy of woodsy, floral hops and caramel malts with an undercurrent of citrusy, pink grapefruit and toasted cashews. The malt profile offers up caramel and toffee that is followed closely by earthy, pine and citrus hop bitterness. Hints at smoke and leans slightly toward the bitter side of balance. Light to medium-bodied with middling carbonation. Caramel, grapefruit rind finish.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing the hand bottled, half liter growler...
Appears a semi-transparent amber with a small beige head that fades into a mild film and soapy collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of light tartness, mild yeast, light citrus, and a touch of caramelized grain.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a lemongrass flavor coming through with other notes of citrus.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, hoppy, and bitter.
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand Bottle. Thanks to hopdog for sharing. Pours a deep amber body with thin head. Aroma is hoppy, sweet malty candy aroma. Flavor is sweet, slight hops. Thsi was more sweet than anything. Not bad.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hand bottle sample acquired in trade wit jimbowood (thanks jimbo!). Poured a darker brownish/amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of nuts, eathy, pine, toasted malts, and caramel. Tastes of earthiness, citrus, caramel, and roast. Thinner body.
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a red amber color with a small, light tan head, that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of wood, nuts, floral hops, caramel malts, and some citrus fruits as well. Taste of toffee, light roast, nuts, bread, caramel, and light smoke, with a citrus bitterness in the finish.
TomDecapolis (4479) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 17, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one hand bottled. Blind tasting. Pours a golden ruby amber with a smaller bubbly off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, some earthy/floral hops, pine, caramel malt, nuts and overall on the light side. Flavor of citrus, lemon, some caramel malt, on the watery side. Some light hop bitterness.