FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 17, 2005
Pours a brown amber, with a copious white head. Decent head lingering. Cascade-family hops aroma. Sharp and fruity. Some residual currant-like aromas from the malt as well. Full strong ale mouthfeel. The rye character is also most evident in the mouthfeel, adding a certain clean smoothness. IPA levels of hoppiness in the nose, leading to a series of malt flavors. The sweetness of these malts are blunted somewhat, an effect I credit to the rye. Some astringency and bitterness lingers in the finish. Listed as a strong ale, but I feel it could be just as home in the IPA catagory. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 Really great beer. Good underlying malt character with a touch of sweetness contrasted with some fairly aggressive, but precise hops flavor. Good bitterness with fantastic aromatics. Might not recognize the rye if it was not on the label, but it does add interest. Very multi-layerd and nuanced, firm but not assaulting. A fun beer to try. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 10, 2005
Poured an amber color. Big floral and earthy hop aroma. Smells like amarillo dry hop. Malty with a full hop flavor and bitter finish. Great flavor and taste. edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2005
4/10/05: Bottle.ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2005
Fragrant nose of malt, raisin and alcohol. Smells very strong. Body is brown to garnet. Off-white head with a small amount of lace. Malts and hops to taste. (Possibly dry-hopped)? X-S amount of pine tree flavor too. Long, bitter finish.
I thought this was more of an IPA than a strong ale. Big hoppy/floral nose with the undertones of something I can’t immediately discern. Huge thick head over a dark reddish color. Nice mouthfeel with a huge hoppy flaveo and bitter aftertaste.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2005
On tap, Map Room Chicago. Could not easily detect rye here. It was hidden under all the hops, which made this beer finish extremely dry and bitter. Decent brown coloring, light head, medium body. Not the change of pace I was looking for, but enjoyable nonetheless. turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2005
2005 Great Arizona Beer Festival.
Poured dark amber with a good head.
Aroma is all hops and citrus.
Flavor is strong on the hops and easy drinking.
Good stuff! flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Nice mahogany color with a creamy off white head. Very hoppy aroma. Nice combination of sweet malt, and lots of floral hops flavors. Dry finish with a floral aftertaste. Enormo (25) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - APR 1, 2005
aroma is hops with a bit of a sour smell (rye?). The taste is just about the same only a little bit sweeter and dry. A little thinner than I was expecting, but the 8% is barely noticeable, so it drinks very smooth. The hop flavors of the aftertaste last until the next sip. I had a little bit of trouble getting past the sourness, but overall this is tasty. SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 1, 2005
Wow! Excellence! I love this beer to death. I am not sure why this is classified as an American Strong Ale, but it tastes more like a strong IPA to me. Anyways, this beer pours a nice brown color with a good head that will retain well. This beer seems to punch you with hops a little bit late into the sip, which is awesome. It feels quite creamy at first, but the next thing you know... WHAM! a nice crisp hop bite comes forward. Also, for $4.50 (at least here in CO) it’s a complete steal. I actually prefer this over Stones Ruination IPA.