Headbanger (3748) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle-Pours a nice ruby red with a one finger tight slightly off white head. Aroma of pine, citrus, and orange. Taste begins with hops and malt then a little orangy citrus kicks in followed by some more hops and finishes with a nice dryness. I think it is a nice combination but is not my favorite BGW but still very tasty.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aroma of pine and orange. In the taste I get a lot more orange and earthy malt, really good. Finish is a bitter, not overpowering and malty. Medium body and carbonation. I really like this. If this is what can be done in the midst of a hop shortage, fine by me.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2008
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Upon opening the bottle I get a strong whiff of pine and my immediate reaction is uh-oh I dont know how this is going to work with the orange. Does it work? Not really, for one the orange gets totally lost in the pine (and isnt that the whole idea behind this beer, orange peel), second what orange I can gather seems to come more from the pith than the peel in a sour bitterness. Cooking 101 is to enhance flavors so that the sum is greater than the individual. This beer uses ingredients that combat each other in a destructive way. Sorry I bought the 4-pack now.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful amber color with an off-white head that has excellent lacing and retention. Smells of grapefruit, pine sap, oranges, and some other citrus. Taste is of pine sap, oranges, grapefruit, peaches, and some caramel for balance, even though hops are still dominant. Medium body with a little less than medium carbonation. I hope they brew this one again. So tasty and drinkable.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a crisp amber color with a medium foamy head that fades quickly and leaves streams of lacing. Aroma is piney hops, nutty malts, and oranges. Taste is about the same but is foremost an IPA - the orange peel taste isn’t overpowering, which is a good thing, but I thought it would be more apparent. It seems like it mostly just adds some citrus brightness to the palate.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper with fair cream-tinted head that dissipates to a light lacing. Aroma is hops, pine and orange. Flavor is tangy with the mix of pine hops and orange/citrus notes. Body is light to medium with medium carbonation. A good brew that is a good match for summer. The play of hops and citrus are refreshing and well done.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blue Nile draft. Deep orange color, medium carbonation. Flavor is strong bittering/citrus hops with a sweet malt backbone. Medium bodied, fizzy on the palate. Finishes dry. Looking forward to this in bottles.
zeke626 (459) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Blue Nile. Pours a slightly cloudy orange-brown body with off-white head. Aroma of citrus hops, orange peel, and caramel malts. Flavor is more of the same. Not a whole lot of hop bitterness in this one, but enjoyable to drink.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Tap] at Pigfoot’s 40th birthday party at the Blue Nile. Pours copper gold with a medium off white tan head. Great aroma of citric hops. Grapefruit, lemon and orange zest, and a little bit of pine come through as well as a bit of caramelly malt. Flavor is hop forward, with a decent sweet malt balance. Not terribly bitter, but a great beer for hopheads.
DietPepsican (1578) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Haha, Iowaherkeye is blind since the date is right on the neck of the bottle, 6/11/08. Thanks for this one joey via badbeer. Pours a dark orage with a medium white aroma. Aroma is floral and citrus hop with a bit of caramel malt. flavor has up front floral and citrus hops, a bit of bitter orange rind and spice. Has a decent caramel background. Finishes bitter with a nice hop zing to it. Very nicely done, and just a bit different than your normal IPA to set it apart.