Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle cortesy of mother in law. Spicy and somewhat floral aroma. Copper body with cramy head. Flavor was of sweet malt and some rye bitterness. Medium bodied brew an ipa? Easy on the palate. Had a Bells pale ale before this one thought this was more like an APA.
twindadplus2 (572) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2009 Reddish orange with a thin, off white head. Light citrus and pine aroma with a sweet grain background. Flavor is resiny pine and herbal hops with a citrus and floral undertone. Caramel and rye round out the bitterness nicely. Nice medium body with a bittersweet finish.
iowaherkeye (2684) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer reminds me of Mark--FirmButtStone--his signature beer. 12oz, no date from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. Clear orange with a one finger yellowish white creamy head, good retention. The good news is that I had no trouble finding the spicy sweet rye in the aroma. The bad news is that the hops were on par with an APA--only some light citrus hop notes. There is also some caramel malt. The flavor has a slightly brighter citrus hop character, but I stress the word slightly. Needs more aroma hops! Semi-dry with bitterness around a 4. There is still plenty of rye, which does make me happy--unfortunately, it is only half of the equation. Light prickly carbonation with a light to medium body. Pretty good, but lacking the shitload of hops that Mark’s has, which may be why it’s hard for me to see this as an IPA.
TheAlum (5108) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of a 4 pack from Binnys (Orland Park, IL). Pours a very nice bright orange amber, light haze, fairly large beige head, thick, bubbly, laces fairly well and dies to a decent amount. Aromas push very nice citrus, grapefruit, caramel and rye malts, florals and a touch of pine, sweetening tropical fruit affect. Initial is decent bodied, the caramel malts stick out but the rye mellows it out on the backend, good floral and citrusy hops, light resinois pine, and the finish packs decent bitterness and some tropical fruit sweetness in the aftertaste. A touch soapy and biscuity, this is a well done IPA. A little thin in body, but fruitiness from citrus, orange, and faint tropical really make a nice soothing flavor.
RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is a nice golden brown with light carbonation and a small head. Aroma is a rich floral hop scent. Taste rich, hoppy and bitter. Starting with a bolder medium body it goes down with a rich feel. Finish comes in malty then a big floral hop taste, a touch of hay and bold bitterness. After taste is dry and bitter. This is a very good IPA with an extra bitter kick.
Tmoney99 (9988) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared shigadeyo.
Poured a clear brown color with an average creamy white head that was mostly lasted and had good lacing. Medium to heavy ciitrus hop and rye aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
Good complex brew and standout for style.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Caramel apple aroma. Clear amber in color with little head. Soft hops, slight citric, with a nice spicy rye bite. Not a mindblower, but real tasty. Liking it more.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange with a foamy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is of rye, hops, citrus, malt, and caramel. Taste starts off with a nice hop charcter with lots of citrus. The hops are quickly balanced out by a big rye taste that doesn’t dominate. Backbone is of caramel malt, and just adds to the mix without being taken over by the rye flavor. Lingering citrus taste. Mouthfeel is medium and very drinkable. The rye makes a nice addition to Bitter Woman.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another winner from Tyranena: Pours a clear copper colour with a thin head that leads behind a trail of noticeable layered sticky weblike lacing. Instantly on the nose however is the RYE! Rye is unavoidable and it’s a perfect harmony between Rye and hops. Hoppy and clear from beginning to end. Maybe it’s the fog but everything has become so much clearer now...
Cornfield (5347) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the Orland Park, IL, Binny’s: Looks okay - a clear orange/amber body with a decent head. Smells kind of odd - mineral water, caramel, PNW hops. The "mineral water" is the odd part, and it remains in the flavor. Fortunately, there’s a peppery spiciness and an increase in the hops’ bitterness that brings it together somewhat. Okay, but I had anticipated a lot more.