pressboxjoe (426) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Was looking forward to this since its announcement. Pretty and dark. Robust, balanced aroma, everything from celery to caramel to chocolate. Everything is amplified with this beer - big malt, big bitterness. Nothing really subtle about this beer IMO. Big flavor. Almost tealike in its dry bitterness. Actually kind of smells like a brewery - but its a mustiness I actually find appealing. I love this beer.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours transparent brown with a hint of red. Aroma is a combo of citrus and floral hop notes. The flavor has a nice malt punch followed by a slightly bitter hop finish. Good mouthfeel. Solid.
Cavie (4305) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of blutt59. Clear reddish pour. Some musty hops on the nose. Some sweet and piney notes as well. Tastes of hops that is rough and pleasant at the same time. Finishes with the standard flavor of hops but a little rougher.
wolfenstein62 (48) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I wished I liked Hoppie Ales more than I do because this appears to be a special ale. Love the color because it is so unlike a normal IPA. Flavors is everything you would expect plus a mid palate maltiness that ends just a bit too quick. Enjoyed none the less
FROTHINGSLOSH (6717) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2011 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a vibrant ruby chestnut color with a huge orange-beige head that lingered - perfect appearance. The aroma was full of pine, plum, cherry, resin and cocoa. The flavor was sweet, bitter and had noted elements of plum, apple butter, grapefruit, resin, cherry, caramel and a touch of cocoa. The finish was long with fruit, caramel and pine. Thick and full bodied. Incredible.
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to blut59. Clear orange brown pour. Aroma is citrus, pine, malty. Flavor is soap, grassy, floral, with a nice bitterness.
dagimp (951) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2010 On tap at Lucky Dog Saloon, Lafayette Hill, PA. Pours dark amber/brown/red with a small amount (1inch tops) of thick head which dissipates in a few minutes. Aroma is mild and is of icky sticky citrusy-pine hops. Taste is of a wide variety of hops. No one hop flavor (e.g. pine, grapefruit, orange, lemon or other fruit) stands out, yet they’re all present. It’s a fairly thick beer with a lot of carbonation. Originally, I thought this would be classified as an IIPA, but when I tasted it, it seemed to fit more in the category of a strong ale, which it is. Either way, it’s a beer with a very strong, if not sticky, malt backbone and copious amounts of hops. I did think there was a bit too much carbonation which took away from the mouthfeel and turned it into a gurgling mess. I did very much like this beer and would absolutely drink it again. Definitely worth a taste.
italianjohn (2891) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark amber pour light off white head strong floral hop aroma light malt detected as well .... taste of straight hop ... a citrus blast and a worthy heir as a seasonal to hop wallop ... spicy finish that really smacks you hides the abv very well ... if you love hops this is for you
blutt59 (6504) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, by trade with beachbum25, amber color with a good sweaty hop aroma, flavors of caramelly bitter grapefruit, malty bitter finish
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to blutt59. Pours with a tan head and a brown body. Aroma of what smells like simcoe, herbal and dankness. Taste is really herbal, fresh and hoppy with grass, pine needles and caramel. Medium carbonation. Nice!