Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sticky, lacing, tan head with a copper body. Aromas of dirty, vegetal hops and some sweet, roasted malts. Rotten grapefruit with a toffee coating. Digging in the dirt in a pine forest. Bitter, dry, pine finish.
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely color. Aromas of pine cone, pine sap, pine needles, pine tree. Obviously resinousy crazy hops. Some barnyard, pungent earthy poo aromas as well. Sour fruit. Tastes of bitter hops. Lots of bitter hops. A little metallic as well. Thick smooth body.
guzzler67 (1491) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, mahogany appearance with a large tan head and very good lacing. Caught a whiff of roasted malts in the aroma at first, but the resinous, citrusy hops quickly overwhelmed them. Earthy, piney, citrus hop taste, minimally balanced by caramel malts. Medium-to-full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Bitter, long lasting finish. Seems to be one of those hop varieties where there are layers of complexity to enjoy when revisited. Count me as a fan.
craftbeerdesign (2166) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle poured into a snifter... pours a deep red with a thick 2 finger rocky off white head... really nice appearance. the head dissipates after a few minutes and eventually falls to a slim lacing... excellent aromatic balance between citrus hops and deep malts. medium body with soft creamy sides and a nice bitter front. some deep caramel malts throughout... very well blended finish with a good amount of malts and a bitter splash at the back. this one really reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. A nice hoppy American Strong that really shows of hops and blends well with deep malts.
JaBier (4807) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a big tan head. Earthy aroma of fresh hops and a bit of sweet malt. Fresh earthy hop flavor with a bit of malt before a bitter finish.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served from a 12 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep bronze with a small dirty white head. The aromas are juicy with hop flowers and a decent roasted malt. The flavors are a bit on the syrupy side. There is a strong burnt malt in there as well. Some pepper noted build tooThe hops are very wet tasting. The mouth feel is sticky with a medium bitterness.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red tinted brown pour. Roasted malt with lots of hops. Piny and citrus notes on both the nose and tongues.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper color topped by a small off-white head. Hoppy aroma full of pine and spruce with some underlying toasted malts. Faint malt sweetness leads to a pleasant hoppy bitterness with lingering orange and grapefruit flavors. Very nice.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Transparent dark copper amber pour has a well-lacing creamy froth of light tan head. Very resiny piny citrus hop nose has some toasty sweet dark caramel malty undertones. Starts with good viscosity and malty sweetness with lots of fresh grapefruity and piny flavor hops with good bitter balance before a drier, fairly crisp bittersweet finish. Nice complexity and assertive hoppiness throughout. An enjoyable dark double IPA.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a 24 oz glass--4/5 dense head; half the bottled poured. Very rocky recession with some excellent chunk lace on the glass. Dark amber (light brown) color; clear.
Floral but relatively light hop nose.
Nice crystal malt flavor initially. Dry. Strong bittering hop takes over quickly. Rich body with a good balancing carbonation. The aftertaste is loooong lasting, like sucking a hop pellet. A hop head’s beer.