MaBeer1972 (2064) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Pours out a lovely deep amber color with a velvety smooth frothy tan head that settles to a thick lace. Huge hop aromas. Pine and herbal citrus. Flavor starts with a strong roasty backbone followed by lots of grapefruit rind bitterness. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable. Love ambers, although this is a highly pumped-up version. patricks110 (2496) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
IBU bomb. Went to a Ballast Point launch party for their launch into Alberta and they served pints of this! Good god! Pours a dark, ruby amber with a sticky beige head. The nose is hopped up and caramelized with a nice malty base, light fruity notes and tons of citrus and pine notes. Light floral notes and a bit of spice with a crippling bitterness on the finish and a lingering aftertaste of zesty grapefruit. raphael (1256) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Had this int he basement 6 months. my first whiff i think “barley wine”—alcohol, resin, toasted (not burnt) marshmallow. (What’s the line between strong and barley wine--if it’s just alcohol level then this is a bwine; if hoppiness is an indicator than i can find plenty of counter examples.) Slightly dark amber clarity & modest off white head. Odd mix of flavors—alcohol, brown sugar, 2 by 4, lime rind. Lighter in weight than expected, but still plenty on the palate. Finish on the sweet side but still pangs of bitter.
williamstome (1876) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Deep ruby pour, small off white head. Fruity aroma, flavor of caramel, fruit, very tart and bitter. Great mouthfeel. closey22 (1952) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Deep reddish Amber with thin Lacy beige head; aroma is subtly fruity hints of cherry; flava is def hoppy bitter; feels light to medium decent fizz; finishes dry bitter
tiong (7306) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Draught @ Ballast Point Miramar, San Diego, CA lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2015
Pours reddish orange with a smooth head. Aroma of fruits, caramely malts, toffee, pine, resin and syrup. Taste is strong, hoppy and malty with loads of caramel, toffee, pine and resin. Finish is bitter, hoppy and caramely with loads of malts. Heavy but balanced and tasty.
Draught @ Ballast Point (Miramar), San Diego, CA. Pours a dark amber colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of dark red berries, caramel sweetness and gooseberry bush. Flavour is really heavy on grassy bitterness, caramel, red berries and bread. Mild chocolate notes. Full bodied. Very good. BeerdedDave (1708) - Beckley, USA - AUG 18, 2015
red color with a big, light tan head; aroma is mostly piney hops; lots of piney hops in the flavor too; with bready malt and a slightly smoky finish mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2017 [7165-20150314] 22floz bottle. Orange fruity flesh aroma. Slightly hazy, brown Amber body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Bitter fleshy orange meat flavour. Medium-full body. Good, heavy toasting. (7/4/8/4/15) 3.8
rdixon77 (2842) - Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2015
(Shared at beerhugger’s tasting)
[8932C-20161209] bottle. Fragrant orange peel aroma. Slightly hazy, amber orange body with a big long-lasting creamy off-white head. Bitter orange peel and citrus wood flavour. Medium body. Good. (7/4/8/4/15) 3.8
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, jercraigs)
Overheard: "It’s vaguely heavy rock."
Solid big red IPA. Huge blast of caramel, pine, and citrus. Some sweet malts. but good bitterness that wasn’t too over the top (as I feared). Solid stuff.