Tmoney99 (14756) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy resin hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate smooth bitter flavor with a moderate bitterswwet finish of medium duration. crossovert (13413) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2014 Really dark IPA in color. The hops are secondary to the malt, The flavor isn’t the greatest, hoppy or not. Tried it on draft at Woodlawn Tap today and it was hoppy and refrshing while cold, it kind of went awry as id warmed though. jcwattsrugger (12507) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2010
12oz bottle @PreJam Gathering-pours a tan ring for a head and copper color. Aroma is pine/earthy hops, secondary light/medium malt-caramel. Taste is pine/herbal hops, some medium malt. arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Pours dark slightly hazy reddish brown with thin to no white head. Aromas include some caramel, touch of grass and metal, maybe some biscuit. Taste is best cold, with notes of caramel, some cardboard, some grassy hops, bit of biscuit, slightly bitter mostly sweet brew. Probably is an old sample of this brew. drowland (8888) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2010
8/17/10. 12oz bottle. Light brown pour, deep red when held to the light, which is quite dark for the style, with an off-white head that fades to a ring fast. Sweet, caramelly, almost musty aroma, almost no hop presence. The flavor is sweet, caramelly, nutty, and a hint of bitterness with a metallic tinge mixed with chocolate as well. This is either English or old... meh.
PorterPounder (8171) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl. - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 12 oz bottle. Dark orange pour, nice off-white head. Solid, patented spruce aroma. Nice bitter grapefruit notes with just a bit of caramel to balance it out, but tends to be a bit one dimensional. Slightly stinging mouthfeel. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottled. Poured light-medium amber with a nice initial off-white head.. settled down fairly quickly. The aroma picked up sweet caramel and bready malts surrounded by dank earthy and floral hops.. the hops didn’t do it for me, and this didn’t smell all that interesting. The flavor found bready and honey notes at the core, with dry earth and piney bitterness around.. dry, grainy, and tacky on the just OK finish. Light-medium bodied with just an OK feel and flow through the palate.. didn’t leave a great taste in the mouth. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2010
12 oz bottle from the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). Another Illinois brewery, and my first selection from them. Pours a glowing dark copper, brownish iced tea notes with big orange and reddish glow, light haze, a small frothy offwhite film of a head that sticks around on the edges, laces small. Great color, dissappointing head. Aromas are florals and grass, a touch of citrusy grapefruit rind, more florals, biscuity and toffee malts mix with bread and some crystal malts. By the book, decent hopping. lighter end of medium bodied with a bigger bitterness than anticipated, florals and grass, a touch of pine and metallic feel, citrus dies back as biscuits and toffee move in, caramel and bread. A bit underbodied, the hops are stronger but almost a bit offensive with the lack of citrus in their appeal. More florals, lemon move in, metallic and piney hops, a good dry bitterness moves into sweeter more substantial toffee malts and toasty bread, sweeter biscuits. A bit on the lighter bodied side, but still a fairly sweet malt body beneath. I didn’t like this hop selection.. the Magnum seem a bit harsh and out of place. A more welcoming citrusy melange would have suited it better. Meh.. Not bad, and the bitterness is potent, but I just don’t like the actual bitterness profile, flavors, etc.. wlajwl (6943) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Aroma is pine, yeast and an almost vegetable/spice element. The flavor is citrus, spices, malts and a mildly tart finish. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle and served in GI IPA tulip: Well it pours much darker (near coppery crimson) than expected which a quickly fading head and almost no lace. Sorry that is NOT what an IPA should look like, perhaps a hoppy amber ale instead? The aroma indeed comes off with crystal/caramel notes along with some soapy and band-aid note which hurts the fruity and herbal hop esters. Plenty of Diacetyl butterscotch overtones as well. The taste is a tad better with a metallic and abrasive tea-baggy bitterness over the too sweet malts. This simply does not cut it, far too sweet and far too tannic. Even as a hoppy Amber Ale, it is not all that good (2.0) . This needs some serious tweaking...