NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sam’s Wine. Pours a clear ambery-orange with a fizzy head. Nose is pretty spicy and rough with some strong resiny notes jumping through as well. This is a very different beer that is super interesting. On the taste, it carries through with pepper and bitter grain notes, some mild cardamom and a nice dryness. the hops are nearly overshadowed in this one, as you know that it is definitely a Rye beer. Finishes with a pumpernickel bread note and clean bitterness. Very nice.
zvikar (3372) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ a tasting, Thanks David, pours orange clear with a tan pinkish head, aroma of pineapple and grapefruit, some olives and cinnamon notes, falvor is bitter and grainy, some rye bread can be sensed, orange and orange peels are present as well, finish is bitter, medium bodied, OK.
HonkeyBra (3358) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnt orange pour with thick white head. Aroma of orange peel, rye, some bread. Flavor is well-balanced between very bitter hops and rye, but no characteristic dominates the beer. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, Spicey rye finish. Pretty good beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly hazy, dark orange-amber color with a thick head of ivory tinted froth. Dense, sticky, cobweb sheeting clings hard to the glass, holding strong for the duration. Aromas are of toasted toffee and biscuit malt, with wisps of rye grain and perhaps some caraway seed. Orange peel and pine comprise the hop profile, which is quite resinous and balancing. Flavors follow suit, teetering between sweet toffee toast and strikingly bitter citrus and pine hop resins. The clean and powerful rye seems to intensify the hoppiness, sticking to the rear of the tongue on the finish. Big bodied and smooth, with moderate carbonation, the palate offers ample substance to hold up the bold flavors. Good stuff. I really dig the rye IPA sub-genre.
TheEpeeist (3332) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with a thin whitish head. Nose is orange taffy, a bit salty with the rye. Sharp carb with a creamy mouthfeel ending resiny. Taste is tangerine and grilled pineapple with a nice bitter grapefruit bite. Dry finish with lingering zest and rye.
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 6/6/09 (Binny’s Naperville)-Pours a clear amberish orange with a small tight off white head. Aroma of rye, hops, malt, and grains. Rye, hops, citrus start the flavors off then followed by a bit of malt and it finishes with more rye and a dryness. This medium bodied brew is a different twist but well balanced and another great BGW.
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to brian23456 (BA)!
Tepid tan orange, head gone quickly. Nose has cereal and grapefruit. Flavor is heavy sugar, caramel, and orange. Lightly minty finish and probably where the hops are most noticeable, but also heavy burnt sugar. Crisp but rather sticky. IIPA-like with the heavy sweetness and lack of balance.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Excellent east coast IPA. Bright, crunchy body, piney hops, a slightly sweet tang in the finish. Nice even bitterness, perfect body.
CanIHave4Beers (3230) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange-ish gold color with a nice head with good retention and modest lace. Aroma is grassy and somewhat piney. Flavor had some good grapefruit, some nice rye bitter character, with just a little bit of caramel. Plenty of spiciness is around and it’s pretty dry. I enjoyed this indeed.
theisti (3219) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz twist off bottle sent to me by my 2009 winter Secret Santa. Pour is orange golden, mostly clear, with a bunch of very fine floaties suspended in the glass. The head is a one inch egg white, and falls with pretty lacing. Aroma of immediate resin hops, a nice caramel malt behind that, followed by the spiciness of the rye in the back. Nice transition and integration of aromas. Taste is bitter resin immediately in the tongue, along with the rye bread and semi sweet caramel notes of the malt. The rye really spices up the back, leading to a dry, crisp finish. The taste is a bit brasher than the nose, and a tick less integrated - though I thought this really help the rye shine. Palate is medium, normal carbonation levels and a really clean unfiltered feel to it. Nice one, thanks Santa.