bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2011 On draft at Hop Leaf. Pours brownish amber with a nice tan head. Hoppy on the nose, grapefruit, citrus, caramel and a certain herbal spice note. Complex, pine, citrus, toffee, biscuit, and some earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish was somewhat crisp and bitter, nice beer.
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly hazy orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of herbs, pineapple, caramel, oak, vanilla, toffee, toasted coconut, and florals. Flavor of pineapple, herbs, caramel malt, chocolate, oak, and toffee.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber red with a cream colored and full frothy head. Strong piney and hoppy aroma. Citrus fruits, earth, pine and a toasted biscuit presence. Strong bittering hops are notable throughout. Slight caramel malt backbone and a long dry finish.
joeneugs (5451) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Provisions. It pours orange/red with a khaki head. The aroma is hoppy with orange, grapefruit, and some solid maltiness. The flavor is different with some licorice, berries, anise, mild hops and some caramel. Fairly light bodied considering the strength. It’s kind of like a spiced amber ale.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to drabmuh for opening this bottle. Served in a snifter.
Pours a dark amber-red color with a really nice light tan head and quite a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings a fair amount of citrus and pine hops plus a bit of oak and some sweet amber malt. The taste brings more of the same with a fairly-strong oak presence plus some citrus and pine hops. Body is medium with a slight bitterness. Overall, a decent beer but a bit time and the flavors and scents never really seemed to pop or meld. Hopefully The Bruery will stray out toward styles like this more often, as this was a step in a positive direction.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-19-2010
blutt59 (6446) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to mora2000, amber colored pour with good foam head, aroma is piney malts, flavors of clover, cocoa powder with a bready finish
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tulip draft on tap at Hopleaf (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice deep coppery hue, a good glow, healthy haze, with a big frothy cakey tannish head, light, sticks around, laces well. Aromas are a healthy dose of citrusy hops, lemons and grapefruit, florals, faint pine, with a touch of melon, moving into toffee, oranges, a touch of spiciness. Initial is really crazy, a blast of vanilla beans up front which mellows the initial hop onslaught, a growing bitter hop bite, lemons and florals, grass, touches of grapefruit. Some toffee, biscuits, and toast, the vanilla really sticks on the initial moving into decent florals, bitterness into the finish. Lingering touches of spicy and mellow vanilla envelopes the palate, kills away the big hop bitterness, cool and sweet. Into the backend, more soapy and floral bitterness comes out, touches of more mellow orange, some earthy maltiness, toast, biscuits, lingering toffee into the end of the middle. Finish is orange and lemon, decent bitterness, lingering vanilla, touches of spice. Really interesting, the vanilla transforms the beer, but not for worse. Very interesting, strangely enjoyable with the vanilla not getting too crazy. Some Orange Dream bar elements..
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at hopleaf, nose has citrusy hops, plasticy caramel malt, flavors stale doughy malts, citrus, grapefruit, oak, hints of vanilla, sweet booze finish. Perhaps a little fresher this could be good but as is not impressive.
boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with a huge amount of head to it. Can smell the hops as soon as I poured it. Nice piny hop smell to it. Wow very hoppy for an amber ale but I can pick some of the oak. Would of been a nicer beer if it weren’t as hoppy.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish brown with a huge thick and foamy off white head that leaves tons of lacing. Aroma is several hop varieties, herbs, oak, caramel and malt. Flavor is hop forward with the oak following immediately. A bit of caramel and malt in the finish, but any sweetness is masked by the oaky tannins and hop bitterness. Enjoyed this one.