hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hand-bottled... Clear orange ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Earthy, herbal nose with loads of black tea and tree bark notes from the fuggle, golding or Willamette hops that were used. The flavor follows suit, but unlike your typical English IPA, this one has more than enough hop bitterness. A boatload of moderately sweet malt is evident, but doesn’t rain on this "hop parade." The alcohol is warming, but not annoying. Full-bodied and very creamy with medium carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, dry finish. A big SHOUT goes out to footbalm for shipping this 12 oz. sample my way!
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Town Hall. I see that I like this quite a bit more than my fellow raters. This reminded me a lot of Tyranena Hop Whore, a double IPA style that should probably be thought of as an American Strong Ale. Mango meets cherry meets Meyer lemon on the palate. Sweeter finish leaves one eager for the next taste. Among the better IIPAs I had in the last week, and that includes Pliny, Hop Whore, Moylans, Simcoe, and a few others.
Nuffield (3761) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Floral aroma, sugar sweet. Clear amber with clinging off-white head. But the flavor didn’t compare: layers of grape and effervescent fruitiness but a bitter note, partly metallic, ruins the finish. Smooth, tingling palate. (on tap at brewpub)
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Boy, this was a strange one for a IIPA. The nose was no where near what I was expexting. It was kinda hoppy but more like strange fruit thing going on. Weird brew for me. I thought it was more lemony bitter than flavorful, not bad by the way just...different for an IIPA
badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask. Murky dark orange color with a thin head. Very light hop aroma. Woah... bombastic hops in the flavor. Massive lemony hops with a pine back. The cask version of this has a very slick mouthfell. A little honey sweetness on the finish. Not what I would expect for a winter/holiday brew, but a fine one in any case.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not sure, nut I thought this was the 2006 Festivus, as that was what was stated on the menu? On-tap at the brewpub: Pale but clear bronzed brown orangey color with a finger high head of off-yellowed whitened thickly firmed foam. Lots of lacing clings to the 10 oz snifter in which it is served.
Aroma is bold and clean with a certain hoppyness that dreams up semi sweet citrus fruityness and a big helping of bready malts that is favoring a heavy starched sugaryness and toatsed caramel.
Bold malt tones grab the front and back with a crystalized sugary breadyness and a dollup of caramel and a sliver of toasted almonds. Happy huge hoppy notes determine most of the taste however as its bright and crunchy with a load of slapping hops that feverishly swallow all known existence on the palate to the point of no return in the mannner of rounded citrus punches. Peaking at orange, turning at grapefruit, and ending at lemon with a snap of peach and pine. Toastyness ensues within as the bitterness settles well and lengthy into the finish with a nice leveled bitterness in both tone and stature.
Wonderfully crisp and somehow malty all the same with a crunchy urge of hops enveloping all other realms across the palate as its smooth, lightly toasted, medium/full body screams drink me, drink me! Damn, if this stuff just isn’t plain Ol’, knock em dead with a punch to the palate good. So smooth and inviting with a great balance that tilts one way then the other, but always pleases. A pure treat to behold for the festivities of Festivus this year. Yum!
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this hand bottled gem. Pours a tanslucent golden amber with a smaller off white bubbly head that left slight lacing. Aroma of sweet grapefruit, tangerine, perfume, hints of alcohol and earthy. Flavors was very earthy with some decent hop bitterness, grapefruit, alcohol. Bitterness really lingers on the tongue. Actually reminded me of the Weyerbacher 11 with its earthy/english hops and alcohol but which got mixed reviews here on rate beer but that I was a fan of.
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 Hand bottled sample acquired in trade with footbalm (thanks!!!). Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of orange peels, lemons, melons, caramel, perfume, and some alcohol. Tastes of citrus, melons, caramel, and has hot alcohol burn in the finish.
Stine (1644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Coppery hued beer served in a goblet. Aroma is grapefruity and then a bit like the bathroom floor. Flavor is fruity hops, lemon and orange, then highly alcoholic. Almost like citrusy rubbing alcohol in the finish...hardly subtle in any sense. The ’inspiration’ 1800 was a lot more to my liking, but this was ok.