Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle
Thanks to whomever gave me this when I moved to Ohio. After trying this I am going to have to track down a few more Troegs beers to see if all their beers are as good as this one. It is one of the better IPAs I’ve tried - somewhere between Hop Hearty and Two Hearted.
Aroma / Appearance - The cloudy orange body let through about a quarter of the light that tried to filter through. A thin lifeless head sat on top but was offset by the generous lacing. The scent of freshly cut Christmas trees and resin would make this perfect for a winter evening. Without being over the top it was aggressively hoppy. Somewhere hidden behind all of it was a nice caramel contrast.
Flavor / Palate - For an IPA it was nicely balanced. I picked up citrus flavors along with some pine. It was almost as if someone had made Orange Slice into a beer. The finish was bitter and intensified as the glass warmed. By the end it left a nice feeling across the throat. If I run across this again I may have to pick up another bottle or two.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, no freshness date, but I believe this is the 2006 winter release. Sampled in a pint glass.
Poured an cloudy amber hued bright copper with rays of golden highlights, active micro bubbly carbonation. Compact head of white creamy foam, good retention and a fair amount of laced sticking. A quite promising start to this Imperial Amber Ale.
A nice aromatic nose, the hops have held better than I thought they would. Hop aromas of grapefruit pulp and candied orange peel, hints of resiny pine needles. Lightly toasted caramelized malts, adding more refined sweetness to the smell.
Crisp and smooth medium body that has a full, well rounded feel in the palate. Ample carbonation lends an underlining firmness to the mouthfeel. The caramelized sugary malts help add a delectable sweetness to the hop tastes. Slightly candied tastes of grapefruit, lemons and oranges, there is also an oily pine slickness on the tongue. Finishes dry and sweet, candied hops and caramel malts, mildly puckering and definitely leaving you wanting more.
This is something I wished I had tried fresh, as soon as it was released, in order to get the full hop flavors. Another top notch brew from Tröegs, well worth trying.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from JB175. Amber color. Smell of hops, malt, grapefruit, orange zest, pepper, pine, caramel and some flowers. Tastes the same. Nice hop bitterness at the end.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle provided by after4ever. Pours a hazy bright copper with a thin white head. Aroma of citrus, apricots, caramel. Medium body and soft carbonation. The taste is a nice balance between the malty caramel and the hoppy citrus. The finish is not nearly as bitter as many IPAs, but it dries out nicely. The main problem with this beer is that there are only 12 ounces of it available to me.
Nephilium (1701) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice subdued hop aroma, with a hint of caramel behind it. Pours a slightly hazy orange with a thin white head. Crisp taste of citrus, with a long bitter finish. A very tasty beer, and one I would like to get more of.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2010 Extremely delicious. I wish I could get it year round. Nice Hoppy aroma with some spices. Very tropical with lots of fruit. Some pine and citrus hops with some malt balance. Creamy and delicous body. Hops fade with age, becomes richer and sweeter and more barleywine like, similar to what happened with my Ithaca DIPA.
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 Bottle: Nice orange red pour, with a ton of hop flavor through out. very good
garthicus (2911) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2010 Bottle, Orange-red hue, flimsy head. It has a citrus hop flavour with a long bitter sweet finish. NICE - Re-rate, the last rating (3.6) was from my early days rating in Ireland. Now this rating is on the 21st Feb 2010. Almost 3 years later. Appearance: Golden orange with a frothy white head. Aroma: Super hoppy with a lot of pine, mango skins, pineapple and apple. Flavour: Bitter orange, lots of pine, lots of malt with a lovely long bitter hop finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle from Inari Wines. Pours a bright orange amber with a small white head. Outstanding aroma of Tootsie-roll-like oranges and chocolate. This has more of a floral and less of a citrus hop aroma. Delicious taste! Thick chewy malty body. Great oranges and chocolate flavor to match the aroma. There’s a huge malt sweetness that bears the brunt of the high hops. Sure, this has big malt, but it also has big hops. It’s balanced, but it’s crazy amped-up balance. In fact, you might say that this one goes to eleven.
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2007 Bottle. Aroma is citrus / pine / grapefruit. Flavor is more of the same. Very well balanced beer. A good session beer.