madvike (3105) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared by 1FastSTi...thanks Blake! - Pours clear rosy amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is orange chocolate, sweet fruity hops, and sweet malt. The taste is pretty grassy off the bat, with sweet malt offset by really bitter grassy malt. Long grassy finish that lingers for awhile. Real resiny, and pretty syrupy. Just not the hop profile for me.
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Blake for this one! Poured medium-amber with a short, fluffy whitish head. The aroma picked up lots of juicy pine, earth, and grassy hops over rather nondescript pale malts.. lots of sugars on the back of the nose. The aroma picked up pale and lesser bready malts at the core.. heavy grassy and grapefruit bitterness around.. more bitter than anything else.. quite hot in the end. Very bitter as mentioned on the palate.. just an OK feel and flow.. not well balanced.
arminjewell (8673) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy reddish brown, off white head. Aroma is straight up IPA, with grass, pine, resinous hops and a touch of fruit. Taste is bitter grass, floral, pine hops with a touch of biscuit, finishing extremely harshly bitter and lasting.
Butters (3966) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at Samís Quik Stop. The guy said it was "saint paulís christmas ipa" so I guess this is what he was referring to? I can totally see how it could be considered an DIPA, it was huge resinous and citrusy hop. Near clear golden amber pour with good tan head. Some caramel backbone lent itself nicely to the mix, but overall, a hop bomb. Hid the abv pretty well too.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap a few times in December, at The Federal and Tylerís. Bright ruby pour, with a faintly cloudy center, like a furnace at work. Lively carbonation, frothy head. Nose is really intense, strong spicy hops with abundant citrus and a healthy dose of sweet malts. Crisp, at times creamy mouthfeel, very warming and spice on the palate. Flavor is very nice, with hints of super-hopped brown ale and a greater portion thatís raucous ASA. Bitter and resinous through and through, deliciously so. Perhaps Paulís Sabbatical is next?
cblack85 (36) - Fort Mill, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte, served in a small chalice.
Pours an amber/orange color with a moderate amount of off white head that recedes fairly quickly leaving spotty lacing and a crown on the beer that remains until the beer is gone.
The aroma is loaded with piney and citrusy hops. The malt backbone is mainly caramel and fairly sweet, with just a hint of alcohol. Really a straight forward big aroma that is very inviting.
The taste is very much like the smell; huge piney hop presence, with some citrusy hop undertones. The sweet caramel malty presence doesnít quite balance out the hops, but it does compliment them very well. There is just the slightest alcohol burn that only becomes noticable as the beer warms. I would never have guessed that this was a 10% beer based on taste alone. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated, finishes slightly dry. Very drinkable
Overall this is a terrific beer
emacgee (4405) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Milltown. Pours a clean ruby copper with one to two fingers of creamy light tan head. Nose is extremely hop, very delicate and green, citrus rind and grapefruit flesh. Flavor is strong, very rich and resinous hop character, mild caramel and grainy notes with some citrus and a mild peanut hull presence. Palate shows a strong bitterness and medium body. Looks and smells awesome.
OldGrowth (2935) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap @ Tylers Apex. real good aroma, sweet, chocolate, caramel, citrus, on the orange side. Clean orangy brown color. Good head and lace. Bitter sweet flavor. Medium body, smooth oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Very nice beer, Wonder play with the malts and hops with both aroma and flavor. Aroma is my favorite part. Like one of those orange shaped chocolate things, except beer,
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Sharp Edge tonight.
A- Body is a dark red-when help up to the light it shines a transparent ruby red-absolutely beautiful. Served with a 1-2 finger slghtly off-white soapy head. This eventually fades to a thin collar but some lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Nose is bold and full of hops. Lots of grapefruit and citrus-with moderate notes of pine and spice, and a very mild sweet malt backbone.
T- Lots of citrus and grapefruit upfront with a very faint sweet malty backbone. Finish adds a mild to moderate kick of pine. The bitterness takes over for the finish with a moderate citrus rind bitterness, a touch of pine bitterness a mild alcohol astringency, a mild alcohol heat, and a lot of spicy hops to help ride out the storm as this impression lingers on and on-with the spicy impression lasting the longest.
M- Medium to high tingly carbonation. Body is medium weight to slightly thick with a slighty prickly, astringent consistency initially- and a smooth oily consistency to finish (which doesnt add up given the flavor-but tis the way it works out).
D- This is an awesome beer overall. Its very strong and hoppy-but offers complexity with the hoppiness and a solid malt backbone. Its too bad this is one time only and draft only.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-31-2010 00:45:19
FROTHINGSLOSH (5594) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on draft at Smokiní Joesís in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a dark caramel-amber color with a huge foamy beige head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was fruity, spicy and a bit bitter. The flavor was very bitter with a strong pink grapefruit juice element and notes of sweet caramel. Strong pink grapefruit slams in again after the short sweet interlude and the hops coat the tongue and will not leave. The finish was insanely long. Fairly full bodied but a bit boozy. Excellent.