dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle). Pours slightly hazy amber with a pillow-tiop off-white head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit. Taste is bitter with a nice malty backbone. Medium bodied with oily texture. Finish is bitter. Not what I was expecting. The hops are pretty bright and make this a nice beer.
trail_and_ale (43) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Close to a Surly Furious but not as lively or complex. I’ll give it a thumbs up for a smoother finish over Furious, however. Enjoyed the hoppy/flowery aroma.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber, great head. Aroma is lots of hops, reminding me of an IPA. Taste is some toasty malt, with the hops and bitterness balancing, or even taking a back seat - perhaps because of some of the sweetness involved here. The finish is again mostly of fresh hops. It’s very good - hops to malts and back to hops again.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle-poured, this has good amber color with a thin, foamy head and a laid-back nose. But I wonder at the most recent high ratings – perhaps my six-pack has been too long on the shelf at Spec’s. The flavor starts off nice with pleasant but not deep maltiness and caramel; but doesn’t grow in complexity. The same hoppiness continues right to the end without any candy finish; there’s not much relief from bitter. I tend to seek that heartier taste in “Christmas” ales so was disappointed with this particular lot.
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Pours clear orange ruby color with slightly yellow / creme colored head. Aroma is lightly hoppy, pine / spruce, with some biscuit / toast malt notes. Flavor is nice and balanced, and malt profile more prominent here than in aroma, caramel, biscuit, with a subtle hop bitterness on the finish. Nice. I’ll say it reminds me alot of new belgium’s 2 below though, somewhere in between a malty APA and an english strong ale.
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Approachable East coast-style Amber with muddled hop flavor on top of light caramel malt base.
rougeau13 (2493) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber with off white head that laces nicely. Complex aroma of floral hops, hay, caramel malt, and grapefruit. Taste is a little sweet and a little bitter at the finish. Medium bodied. Quite a nice beer.
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear amber pour, small off white/tan head
aroma of caramel, light toasted bread, and light grassy/floral hops
sweet malt with hints of toffee followed by floral hops throughout to finish
medium body with med/light carb with lasting hop flavors
really satisfying. Good slow drink.
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Thriftway - Very nice citrus hops aroma. Very sweet flavor, and not grainy like a lot of ambers. A bit oily on the palate, but it works for this beer. Mmmm. Brrr.
hero12 (184) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep mahogany color with heavy hops aroma and a hint of nutty malt. Tastes like a toned down IPA, but the bitterness is still there, finish is very nutty/earthy, unlike anything I’ve had before. Light/medium bodied and noticeable carbonation. Doesn’t seem like this beer should be a winter seasonal considering how bitter it is, wish rb had an IBU rating on this guy.