StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of lithy. Pours a translucent copper color with a big off-white head that has insane lacing. The aroma is moderate in strength with pine resin, leather and a touch of caramel. The taste is lightly biter with, nuts, caramel, cocoa powder and pine. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery. The finish is long and dry with lingering pine and caramel. Overall: Another state gets ticked, thanks Justin. Drank this while mowing the lawn and I’m pleased to report that it makes a very good lawn mower beer.
mcox90 (1588) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle sent to me by lithy. Pours a dark copper with a rapidly receding off white head. Aroma is sharp citrus hops with a malty background. Palate is medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Flavor is quite hop forward in my opinion. Very sharp bitter hops too. Some malty tones as well. Dry bitter finish.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle from Bruisin Ales in Asheville. Pours a reddish copper with a 2-finger head. Good retention and decent lacing. Leafy, vegetal and citrus hop aroma. Taste is vegetal, metallic hop notes with some soapiness. Medium bodied.
Sparky (2243) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of lithy – another new state – thanks Justin! Pours clear amber with a 2 finger beige head that results in decent lacing. The nose is malt and light floral hops. The taste is caramel malt and tart citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty mellow in the hops department, but not bad.
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, deep amber body with a thin, white head.
Smell: Sweetish caramel malt nose marked by mild hop notes of spice and lemon zest.
Taste: The lightly sweet, initial maltiness is predominated by a distinct taste of caramel cubes. Very minor grain hint. Spicy, citrus zest hop flavors with a medium, easy-going bitterness. Finishes dry with just the lightest touch of remaining hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A decent India Pale Ale. Certainly a bit more malt-forward than many other examples of the style, so, if you prefer less-malty, punchier IPA’s, you may want to look elsewhere.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Butter’s 4th cellar reduction. Clear amber and a white head. Thick citrus and honey aroma with a mild hop and sweet taste. Slightly thin for and IPA but decent enough.
Butters (3848) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at the Fourth Butters’ Cellar Clearance Event. Old and musty. Some hop profile is apparent, but overshadowed by the malty backbone. Kinda weak actually, but the bottle could be old. Lingering bitter finish.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle at Butters’ 4th Cellar Reduction. Pours a lacing off-white head with a clover honey color body. Smells of mellow, thick, sweet, hops. I think this bottle has some good age on it...about a year. Tastes thin but like a barleywine. Good mellow hops with a bold sweetness.
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Lithy for the bottle!
Red-amber, small white head gone quick. Nose is initially creamy hop but then falls to heavy sweetness with burnt caramel. Rather bitter and dry, not quite as fresh and juicy as I’d like, and some more burnt malt notes throughout. Small body and short finish. Overall ok, definitely different, but not a favorite.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours like a DF 90 minute. Darkened caramel pour with ruby tinges. Huge, tan frothy head. Very sticky lace. Looks damn good so far. Pine, grapefruit and orange zest with a slight toastiness. Resinous and sappy flavor muddled with sweetened ruby red grapefruit. Sweet, but slightly scorched, caramel flavors abound throughout the flavor palate. It does however finish with a lingering, earthy bitterness. Nice balance, kinda reminiscent of a West Coast brew but lacks a fuller body.