kkleu357 (541) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought this while on a work trip in Pennsylvania. After popping the top, the whole hotel room filled up with this huge berry aroma. Very nice. One of the best smelling beers ever. Taste was great too. Lots of citrus and berry taste, with a good sweet touch. Almost like a hint of honey. Excellent beer.
demannu (151) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2015 One of the best looking beers I’ve seen. Beautiful copper/amber color with a white head that laces very nicely through the entire glass. The hops dominate the flavor profile without being offensive leading this beer to be very drinkable. With that being said, I was not as head over heels as the true fans are. I think the cult following this beer has developed has kind of over inflated its rep.
aleigator (406) - GERMANY - FEB 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks to Ron for the can!
Has a huge, froth white head, with a crystal clear dark orange color.
The aromas release an interesting interaction between ripe blood orange and fresh cut grass with a noteable dank aspect. The intense hoppy aromas get a sweet touch to them by a bready, slightly biscuity malty arise, intensifying the fruit appearance by a adding a gentle ripeness to them. Citrus zest blending well into the dankness evokes a subtle, sour peak.
Drinks very smooth, with soft, dough malts up front, accompanied by citraic, bitter hops. While the malts remain in a supportive role, they develop a decent sweetness adding to juicy orange and tangerine. Grass and zingy lemon get introduced to the tastebuds by a lively carbonation, completing the sublime, surprisingly bitter hop character. Finishes with toffeeish malts, which get overpowered by a bitter, tropical hop onslaught in which pricky lime stands out among grass, pine and blood orange, leading to a long lasting bitterness. Drinks shockingly easy, while establishing a great depth in flavours with a beautiful smooth mouthfeel to it.
Shonkers (15) - Parkland, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Severely disappointed with this year’s (2015) batch. My rather small mind was totally blown by the fresh 2009 batch I had, and considered this ale a Top 5. Bought a case up in Columbus, Ohio, and brought it back to South Florida to enjoy. Opened the first bottle within 2 days of the journey...and was severely underwhelmed. Totally lacking in aroma, taste, and overall presence. The Brewkettle ’White Rajah’ blew it away, took its lunch money, and rubbed its face in dog doo. I’m VERY disappointed.
LetsGoState (656) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is small white head with amber color. Taste is pretty hoppy, but enough balance to not be overpowering. Overall a pretty decent IPA.
VastActiv (3745) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Fool’s Gold, New York. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, pine, caramel, hops and malts.
kidobutai (493) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a tap as part of a flight at Whole Foods. Very highly rated, and while I enjoyed it, I wasn’t as enamored as most. The lacing was outstanding, and subsequent creaminess made it easy to drink. Golden clear appearance. More bitter than I expected; it’s meant to be hoppy, so they succeeded in that.
mikedevilsfan (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful deep amber color with nice white head. Aroma is really nice and deep with honey, alcohol and orange marmalade. Taste is complex, smooth with a nice malt backbone and citrus. This is definitely worth seeking out.
Brianc44 (1) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is labeled as an amber, but feels like a red. A bit citrus on the nose. A burst of dry hops that fades quickly into a malt finish. An outstanding pour, whether you call it an amber, an Ipa, or a red. Nice work
zickbeer_ye (335) - Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fresh juicy hop aroma and some orange and dry citrus. Off white head and sunburnt body. Crisp dry orange and dry citrus with a fresh hop balance. Crisp and refreshing.