JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly hazed golden amber color with a small, but stable ecru colored head. Very sweet aromas. Orange blossom honey, marmalade, plums and light earthy caramel. LIght malt start. Hops and over-ripe fruit in the middle. HInts of alcohol seep in. Flavors of orange peel, light resins, apples and herbal hops drift in and out. Some hints of oak in the linger. Iím not sure if I am catching the historical aspects of this one. Perhaps and ESB with an extreme attitude.
dpjuart (1029) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Draft at brewpub. Pours orange with red hues, bright white 1/4 finger head. Nose is caramel and hops. Taste is bitter with lots of sugary, resiny sweetness. Biter-tastic, but balanced. Piney and floral hop flavor. Good IIPA-esque English thing.
thedm (4849) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of foamy off-white colored finely sized quickly diminishing bubbles that left behind a semi-transparent dark orange almost uncarbonated body. The mouth feel was smooth from start to finish. It had a deep hop flavor with mid malty notes. The aroma also echoed the deep hop flavor.
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours burnt orange with a creamy, fluffy head. Aroma is mostly spicy hops, with an earthy undertone. Taste is more spicy, english hops, with a bit of citrus and dried fruit, a little oaky, herbal, and a little smoke. Pretty delicious, too, and surprisingly drinkable. The mouthfeel is creamy, and the alcohol is not noticeable. Finish has a lot of pine and tree leaves in it. Overall, this beer is fascinating and incredible, I could drink several bombers before I, well, passed out from the high alcohol. Iím going to buy a case of this.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear orange brown with a large fluffy off-white froth that fades quickly. Big sweet, malty, piney, citrus aroma and something earthy, dry, almost like coffee beans . Waxy mouthful with smaller sizzling carbonation that is a little rough. First taste is citrus/fruity sweet but that is quickly overwhelmed by an earthy bitterness, dried pine needles. Very strange brew... far from anything English. Davinci made a good point... it just really makes me want a dreadnaught...
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11 oz. draft at the Galway Tribes (Frankfort, IL). Poured a nice amber with a small yet tempting head that slowly dissipates and never fully disappeared. Initial aromas are clearly English hops, differing from the typical citrus and pine notes and being dominated largely by floral aroma and sweet bitter flavorings. The malt is assertive, yet loses a bit of its power to the hops. Still, caramel and a nice sweetness were the flavors that shined through when the hops werenít. Overall, pretty good and worth a revisit soon.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The body was dark copper colored with a slightly off white colored head. The aroma was strong grapefruit with some caramel. There was also a little bit of almonds. This didntí smell much different form any other malty IPA I have tried. The taste was oranges with some toasted almonds. There was a sweet Bit Oí Honey candy finish.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was brilliant copper in color and poured a fluffy white head. Aromas were of floral and herbal hops with just a touch of caramel malt toward the back end. In the mouth this was medium-bodied with flavors of grapefruit, grassy hops before transitioning to a finish of chocolate and coffee grounds. The midpalate was smooth and creamy which faded toward a dry and bitter finish. This is well-balanced and interesting.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2008 22oz bottle from WLV.....pours a a smooth caramel/reddish brown with a thick slightly off-white head.....aroma of really green pine resin and grassy hops at first but then become less intense and more fruity in nature. malts come into play more....flavors took me for a surprise as the hops were fairly mild. some biscuity and toasty caramel malt pair up with some very earthy hops. for the most part, the flavor keeps it pretty sweet. palatewise, itís very smooth and creamy in the mouth with just the right amount of carbonation....pretty interesting. how long was this aged in oak? i donít get too much of it if any at all.
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber at Jerryís. Caramel with big, foamy off-white head / Nose of fresh hops & citrus / Medium body, forward malts match big hops / Flavors of pine, orange, grapefruit, and a big dose of caramel / Outstanding - a companion brew to Dreadnaught, with a more modest hop profile plus the caramel kick.