Maddog (527) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2008
Had on draft at the Dilly Deli. A very complex brew with a fresh and fruit aroma. Deep amber in color, this beer had a big malt body with fruity sweetness, hints of caramel, brown sugar and a big presence of hops. Ale to the Chief was different, delicious, and even finished on the hot side. Layers of flavors and complexity. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 16, 2008
bronze, slightly hazed with a very lacey tan head. floral, hoppy, & candyish aroma with some notes of citrus, specifically grapefruit. resiney hop flavors and a thick syrupy body. slightly hot as well. tastes like a syrupy run of the mill double ipa and i simply do not like it much. who the hell wants to drink hop syrup? seriously? Cabeero (15) - Thornton, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2008
The cask aging beats up the character of the hops and makes a strong style of beer taste wimpy. A swing and a miss for Avery. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 15, 2008
This American Strong Ale pours a deep copper color from a 22oz bottle. Large sized beige foamy head, with nice lacing and good retention. The aroma is piney hops and caramel malts. A medium bodied American Strong Ale/Imperial Pale Ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are reisny, piney and citrusy. A whole lot of hops, and then some more hops. I figure I might be burping hops most of the night. Fairly bitter taste. It also has the Avery hot alcohol finish that most of their big beers do when fresh, although itís not as bad as others. With all the hops and hop bitterness it is still a fairly well balanced beer. Nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is bitter with a touch of alcohol. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2008
20080815 Bomber from Spirits RB. Deep golden color with creamy, lasting white head that sheets lace. Lovely cascade aroma plus some pineapple, cat pee, and fusels atop some biscuit malts. Initially nice, itís coming apart before me. Bulky body with long bitter finish, lightly unctuous, jammy. When sipping, alcoholic aroma is a bit off putting, hot, and it returns retronasally. Some vegetal notes, menthol?. Overall it seems a bit too sweet and definitely too hot, as I might imagine an orange-pineapple marmalade liquor on Club crackers. Iím slightly disappointed I now have to plow through another 16 or so ounces of this beer, but itís boozy enough that I will probably mind less as it numbs my senses.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours a nice copper color with a medium sized off white head, nice lacing. Huge blast of citrus when I popped it open, then grapefruit, caramel, pine, pear. Flavor is grapefruit, sweet caramel, pine, pear. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished bitter, with some perfume like notes. Very, very solid, still like fresh Maharaja better. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 14, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 22oz bottle pours a wonderful copper amber with a medium creamy/bubbly off white head that laced nicely. Aroma of pine, mixed citrus, grapefruit, lots of caramel malt, cascade really coming through. Flavor of graiefruit, some piney/floral notes, light toffee and caramel. Lots of chewy hop flavor, drink this now while itís fresh! riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Amber orange pour with a nice lasting head and sticky lacing. The aroma is nice and citrusy with grapefruit and orange being rather strong. The flavor also is hoppy with good grapefruit juice and orange peel bitterness followed by a moderate balancing malt profile that helped emphasize the fruity nature of this IPA. Lingering citrus hops with a hint of perfume on the palate. adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 13, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear coppery orange-amber with a medium sized white head. Beautiful nose of crisp grapefruit and piney resin. Taste of freshly squeezed grapefruit and pine hops. Excellent. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2008
This is a SOLID beer. From the tap at Oldsmar Tap House it pours a golden color with lots of balanced earthy, grassy hops. It’s flavor is a solid, balanced slightly floral bitterness. Kudos to Avery on the political beer. Outstanding.