hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Hazy dark amber, not quite red, coloured beer with a poofy cream coloured fine and beautiful head. Hops fill my nose with grapefruit, notes of sweetness with lots of citrus and a dash of vanilla. The body was wonderful, the perfect almost chewy but very drinkable weight. At first it doesn’t seem very complex, very strong feeling despite the alcohol being hidden. Its got a bunch of sweet malts to balance out the IIPA like hops. After more careful contemplation while drinking, there really is more to this, a bit of a peppery spice with quite a bit of PNW hop bitterness, zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Bottle, special thanks to CMUBEERMAN for flying this all the way to Tokyo!!! Pours red caramel, thin white head. Apricot, pineapple floral, vanilla, hops. Flavor is earth, citrus, hops, pine, vanilla. Quite complex and tasty. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Pours a light brown or maybe a dark amber color with a v light tan colored head. Aroma was very hoppy and you could smell the bitterness. Citrusy and piney in the aroma. Flavor was sweet but it was so balanced with malt and hops. I like this better than the summer i think. jake65 (3689) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle: Pours a darker amber that remains a bit hazy with a huge, frothy off-white head. Solid lacing. Aroma is mostly hops, citrus and pine, even a bit fruity. Taste is sweet up front with lots of citrus hops, florals, grapefruit, and overall fruitiness. Some alcohol was detected, but remained smooth. A bit like an IIPA, but very pleasant to drink. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2007
2005 bomber via trade with WeeHeavySD (Thanks!). Poured it a Trappist style glass. Pours an apple cider brownish/red with a medium sized tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is a light dry fruitiness almost wine-like, with a nicely blended hop note, some pine, As I take another whiff I get more of the fruit in the aroma. As I take my first sip, It still has the wonderful dry fruitiness backed with a nice hop character. Ever so lightly sweet by a nice hop bitterness intermingled. Palate is surprisingly dry, somewhat sweet, and long lasting. Overall, this a subtle very well crafted beer. It just taste good and that’s all I need. Thanks WeeHeavySD.
mkgrenwel (619) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle thanks to bentley78. Tons of tropical fruit. Reminds me of a jolly rancher with that intense fruit flavor. Reminds me of Brian Boru and Cane and Ebel. Summit hops? Pineapple, passionfruit, intense strawerry. Should be incredibly cloying with all this sweetness, but it’s well balanced by a monstrous bitterness in the back. Malt is hugely overshadowed by all the hops, although there is a solid backbone giving it body, sweethess and balance for the hops. Unlike a beer like Hop Wallop, the hops have a leg to stand on. I’d like to be able to get this more often. cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle: Pours a nice dark brown color with a nice tan head. The smell is not overpowering, but I do note some pine smell in there. I also note a little spice in the back, but I can’t place it. This is very balanced, but I do catch the hops on this one. Definitely not overpowering. Easy to drink, but still enjoyable. Definitely a bit sticky in the background. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bomber pour was a red, really, reddish orange with a large creamy tan head. Immediate nose of grapefruit and pine. Real pungent pine, grapefruit, orange citrus and touch of spice here too, maybe cinnamon and also a small bit of pepper.
Taste was a typical pine, floral IPAness, with a real peppery finish. This was a very juicy, but dry finish, that left a great pucker. Thanks Secret Santa, I really liked this, enjoyed this a lot. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a creamy yellowed off white head. Awesome aroma of pine, some mellow grapefruit, some light caramel malt, and a bit of fresh cut grass...spicy-resiny hops all around. THe flavor is a bit more subtle than the aroma but the resiny hops are still pretty prominent especially torwards the back and through the finish. The front also has a nice hit of citrus followed by bready sweet malts that balance out the hops until they start to let them loose again torwards the back. Spicy flavors and smooth carbonation with a nice amount of sweetness...finishes bittersweet somewhat sticky. Overall a great winter-warmer for hop-heads like myself with a great amount of balance. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Cloudy amber with a gigantic fluffy head. Hops and spice in the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, citrusy hops in the flavor with a bitter finish. Could have mistaken this for a holiday barleywine. Very tasty.