Dorwart (2609) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Very large creamy tan head of fine dense bubbles. Lasts for a long time. Very good carbonation. Nice hoppy aroma with plenty of spruce. Loads of caramel and sweet malts. Smells like a typical american strong ale. Color is a dark copper red. Malty and sweet flavor with a load of hops for balance. Lots of spruce and pine flavors. Very resinous. Decent alcohol warming and burn. Finish is hot and thick. Creamy and coating. Lingering hops bitterness along with some alcohol and sweetness. A great american strong ale. FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
22oz. bottle. Heavily red-shifted orange color with a massive rocky white head. Heavy resinous pine and candied citrus hop aromatics. Caramel, bread dough malt flavors up front give way to a ruddy vegetal and piney hop character. Residual volatile oil evergreen flavor in the finish, with a sturdy semblance of sweet maltiness underneath. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy medium, on the verge of chewiness but never quite there, somewhat drying in the finish. LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Pours a nice copper color with a nice white head.Huge malt and hop aroma blast! Tatse of piney citrus hops with a wonderful malt backing that ends a great bitter finish.Wonderful stuff!!(Thanks to Brewblackhole for this one!) Ibrew2or3 (8828) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Copper color with thin white head. Aroma seems light and piney right out of the frig. Flavor, wow, what I’d guess a Holiday IIPA would taste like. Solid pine hop bitterness and flavor. There’s also a fir tree quality that adds a greener dimension to the hops. Maybe it’s a huge dose of late addition hops to the boil. There is the slightest malt sweetness behind this big hop beer. Chewy and yummy. LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2006 Pours a dark amber with a nice, foamy head. Huge malt, citrus and hops aroma and flavor. More carbonated than similar beers. Very bitter finish with some sweetness as well. Very well done.
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Pours an amber brown with good sized head. Strongest flavor is Hops! Some citrus flavors in the aroma and flavor. Smooth well balanced flavor. Excellent IPA-type beer. TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2006
My first ASA since switching it to my style. They call it an imperial red, but I’m not sure what distinguishes it from an IPA/DIPA. Big citrus and pine hop flavors, with a good malt backbone that balances the bite with some sweet flavors. Immensely drinkable; it disappeared from the glass heartbreakingly fast. The 9.5% is completely hidden. Great stuff. Beerdedone (3457) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus, from his Boston trip.Pours amber with a big beige head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and fruit. The flavor is fruit, sweet, smooth, bitter, and citrus. Great beer. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2006
22 oz bottle. Deep amber with a puffy whitish head; blankets of lace. Right from the pour rum banana wafts up. Spicy toffee closer. After 9 months this has aged beautifully. Warm and inviting. Grapefruit sorbet then roasted citrus with a drizzle of sage honey. Dries with chewed green grass. As elegant as it is extreme. brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2006
2004, 22oz bottle. Beautiful amber-mahogany pour with solid carbonation and a nice looking head. Heavy caramel and nougat aroma predominate. Big malty sweetness. The taste is powerful! Potent sweet caramel with heavy pine and citrus running all through it. Wow! The mouth feel starts out creamy and finishes dry. I thought the carbonation could have been a bit less. This is a real kick in the mouth. I’ll drink it any time. Perhaps a younger sample will also be worth rating! Good thing Christmas is not far away!