michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of sediment in the bottle. The initial aroma was pronounced and pleasurable, but not over the top. Smooth mouthfeel and bitterness, again not over the top, but not outstanding or original either.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 Bottle consumed on 9/13/2005. Smells really hoppy. Deep citrus, pine-resin, some light fruitiness, quite perfumey. But there is also a distinct caramel malt, which mixes with the hops and produces a cantaloupe sort of aroma. Severely unfiltered, with all kinds of huge things floating around and plenty of sediment suspended in the liquid. Chunky, in a word. Transluscent body is a rusty orange-copper. Light yellow on edges. Flavor begins with a lot of caramel flavor, toffee as well, and is very sweet and wants to be syrupy, but a little bit too watery/loose in consistency for that. Very low carbonation. Needs more, I think. Lacing on the glass speaks to the unfiltered nature, but all of the hops oil makes for a very small, poorly retained head, yellowish in color. Hops taste of grapefruit, resin, perfume, lemons. No alcohol apparency. Good unfiltered body, but not enough interesting fine bubbles. Gets better as it warms, slightly more passable in mouthfeel. But overall, itís so boring and unoriginal. I guess everyone wants to try their hand at the Double IPA, but come on, put some twist on it. Not so here.
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
an dark orange color w/ a small large bubbled white head decent lacing. Big citrus hop aroma pieces of orange rind and some grass hop too also a maltiness that is subdued and hides behind the hop. palate is oily and well coated. Flavor is a dry grass hop lots of grapefruit and a very light orange and carmel malt. Good stuff.
OldGrowth (2654) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, sweet. Pine, orange, grapefruit. Hazy brownish orange color, small head that faded quickly. Bittersweet flavors, like aromas with a weedy, grassy, grapefruit (more like the rind than the fruit) dominating, some soapiness too. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, bitter finish. Bitterness was an odd one for me,
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange-auburn. Nose hoppy, citric and sweet. Flavor is hoppy, citrus and a bit of perfume, some caramel sweetness. Somewhat soapy. Undercarbonated.
JK (4416) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy golden appearance with a quickly diminishing head. Some fruit, but mostly herbal aroma. Subtle sweetness in the flavor. At the bottom for its style, but still a great beer.
BitchesBrew (714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle] Big grapefruit aroma along with mild hops. Pours a cloudy reddish orange with a tiny head. Flavors are grapefruit bitterness up front with nice caramel malts to finish. Enjoyable, and probably underrated.
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from the bottle. poured a cloudy orange with a small of white head that didnít last very long with lots of floaties. aroma when I 1st popped the cap the hops jump right out of the bottle, nice blend of caramel, orange, malts and grapefruit. flavor not as hoppy as I was hoping for but not to bad. did get a hint of malt and grapefruit. with a touch of alcohol. not to bad took care of the hop craving I was having
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A big northwestern hop smell, all right. Pours a hazy orange, and by coincidence, a light orangey malt flavor amid the hop bitterness. Donít know how old this one is, but the fresher hop notes have subsided to a general bitterness, except for a piney gassiness. Some alcohol is apparent. Needs more malt to balance out, but well worth finding.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - smells like brew day - what could be bad about that? Iím guessing Chinooks and Cascades and a lot of them. Light amberish body with minimal white head. Iím a little disappointed with the flavor. It is bitter - which is great! But it is just pretty straightforward. Not real exciting or complex. Quite a bit of alcohol comes through. Overall not bad, but not real great either and certainly not as good as Iíd hoped. I think Iíll stick to Hercules!