Sir+Drinksalot (34) - Iowa, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Outstanding! Extreme on the hops; pine, pine and more pine. Grapefruit and very intense full lasting flavor. Burped up a small pine cone. I had this out of a bottle and very fresh. Very much like 3F Alpha King but in my opinion even more intense hop finish! Can’t wait to get some more. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2014 Pours a cloudy, glowing orange color. Huge puffy head. Glows bright from the inside like primordial amber.
The aroma is a big, bold flowery hop. Notes of spicy orange peel and tangerine. (It uses Summit hops, which is one of the few beers I’ve had that uses them.) Has a rich, rye-like base in the aroma. It’s sweet and estery and magnificent. Unreal.
The taste is sweet tangerine and orange with a hint of grapefruit. It’s like a rich, bready base with a kind of citrusy (Five Alive?) flavor on top. But the malt is dark like a bitter rye bread. Just this side of perfect.
The feel is creamy and yet oily like an Imperial Stout or a barleywine. It’s substantial and doesn’t let you forget it’s there. This is a goddamn fantastic beer. A masterpiece.
NOTE: I’m seeing a lot of notes from 2014, and I’m not sure if they reissued this beer since then, because I haven’t seen it anywhere recently. But I can tell you that this beer was not meant to be aged. If the good people are Arcadia could be persuaded into making this beer again, I think they would find it would be well-received, and that I would be eternally grateful. This is the kind of beer that I’ll always remember where I was when I first had it. Onslow (1539) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2011 Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Clear deep amber brew with pale head. Outstanding aroma of incredible aromatic hops. The aroma makes my mouth water... amazing. Taste is fabulous - malt that is sweet and somehow light, honey-like, offset by the most refined and aromatic bitter hops I’ve ever tasted. Distinctive, excellent, outstanding. 574deadzone (1420) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2012
On tap at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange. This was damn good. Amazing orange-amber color. Plenty of intricate lacing left from the soapy off-white head. Nose is just all kinds of crazy hop goodness, lots of resin and citrus, grapefruit and tangerine, and some earth dankness. Reminded me of Devil Dancer that I had on tap, which also had a crazy amazing nose to it. Taste is all kinds of bitter with slight balance from the malt. Finish is luxurious, smooth, slightly oily and sticky. Wow. That’s all I can really say. milewide (2332) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2008 Hop mix is different from anything I’ve tried---and I like it! Hops are more European herbal rather than American fruit. Lingering bitter after-taste. Amber orange color and clear for an unfiltered brew. Medium body. Caught fruit in aroma of second bottle.
Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
on tap at fatheads in pitt. Awesome brew. Nice strong hop/pine aroma. nice sweet hoppy taste, body was nice and thick, yet smoth, radical!