osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Pours a clear orange red with small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, candy, and very light floral hops. Flavor of malts and a ton of grassy and citrus hops. Decent. marcus (10971) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Dolce, Missoula. Pours cloudy reddish amber with a thin beige head and a floral hoppy aroma. There is a hearty malt flavor with a surprisingly mild bitter finish, considering this beer is triple hopped. Nevertheless, a fairly satisfying brew, but a bit harsh. Jkripp (141) - Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Kingpin is primarily hop oriented with minor hints of a malty flavor. The aroma is malty and floral, and not as citrusy as I expected. This beer holds to its name as a red amber color, and is worth a center stature suggested by the name. taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Dark amber, not a lot of head. Aroma reminds me of a weak or watered down cola. The taste has a hint of sweetness, tons of malt which is also well balances with a good bit of hops. There’s some cantaloupe and flowery bitterness in the finish. cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2011
It’s the expected color and has a big bubbly head. Yeasty nose. Pretty mild unremarkable taste. Not bad but not good either.
drjay44 (3924) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2011
12 oz. bottle. Pours a medium light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark amber (SRM 12) body....nose is cereal, toffee/caramel, spice, a smidgen of pine and citrus....taste is cereal, toffee/caramel, leading to a medium, bitter, spice toned finish....mouth feel medium, carbonation high, with a foamy character. This is nicely balanced, with relatively less hop bitter than anticipated. It is not particularly complex. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6 unclemike (3206) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Copper beer with a dark cream colored head. Toast and malt aroma with caramel and light grapefruit. Tooasted malt and grapefruit flavor. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and light pine lingers with toasted malt bpreo (3043) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2011
Easily one of the best tasting beers I have ever had. What a surprise! A must try! WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 19, 2011
On tap at McNellie’s Oklahoma City. Pours a clear orange. Moderat beige head with good retention and moderate lacing. Mild aroma of swet dried fruits and caramel. Flavor is fruity, with a nice dose of tropical fruit hoppiness to go along with the caramel sweetness. Dry finish and a little undercarbonated for my taste. I think it’s a better beer than what the overall rating above would indicate. But that said, it’s also not a beer I’m going to go out of my way to get again. tmoreau (4805) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
12 oz. bottle poured to a sampler at a local tasting benefit at 20West Liquors in Lombard, IL. Showed a brown/copper hue with modest, off white foam that quickly reduced to a ring and film, while leaving a few streaks and spots of lacing. The aroma was mainly caramel, a touch of sweetness, light herbal hints, and light citrus and esters. The flavor added some smooth malt, brown sugar sweetness, medium hop bitterness, and a finishing dryness. Not overly "strong" but a decent Amber.