MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 2, 2005
GABF Weekend thanks to Whaleman: poured a reddish brown with a thick off white head. Very fresh hoppy aroma with a bit of fruit. Flavor is well rounded with hops and a decent malt backbone. Really good stuff. SpringsLicker (3643) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Thanks to Whaleman for sending this "Make it or Break it" brew!
Deep golden orange color fleeting off white head.
Fresh citrus fruit aroma and piney hops.
Comes in smooth and easy with the flavor following the aroma profile. Alcohol well hidden. Nice bitterness in the finish. A bit more malt would round this out a bit, but not a bad brew. A Big Hopped Beer that doesn’t over it! Suttree (6392) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Big thanks to Springslicker for this one - Bright copper, rocky white head. Aroma of fresh bread, caramel & toffee, plus some spicy, peppery hops. Very smooth, with notes of toasty malt and fresh black pepper and a nice smoky, earthy flavor. Persistant notes of caramel and toffee in the background, too. Nice. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Pours a clear deep copper with an off-white head. Great boisterous hoppy aroma has lots of sweet toasty caramel malty balance. Body starts with a nice, full sweetness and lots of hoppy bitterness that takes over toward the dry, piney bitter finish that hides the alcohol fairly well. The malt could last longer into the flavor, but still a crisp and enjoyable double red. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Bottle, sampled with goldtwins. Coppery gold clean pour. Very hoppy aroma, light citrusy and maybe some pine. Sweet malts are apparent in aroma, but hop was obviously the focus. Flavors were more balanced between big caramel malts and hops. Finishes dry and quite bitter, but not as bitter as I would have thought for the hop aroma and flavors. Results in a beer were it has good hop flavors and balance, without a long insane bitterness to kill your palette. Right on - great beer.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Big thanks to Whaleman. Hand-bottle 22oz. Poured a mostly clear amber with a thin off-white head. Big hoppy citurs aroma with plenty of sweet caramel malt underneath and a touch of alcohol. The aroma is big and but balanced. Mostly a citrus hop flavor up front and running through to the bitter finish. Dry finish. The balance and flavor are right on. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2005
22 oz bottle-hand bottled by ted rice and given to me by my friend Whaleman. pours a light amber hue with a small white head. big sugary citric hop aroma with some pine and a hint of raspberry, grapefuirt, tangerine and a good sweet amber malt base. flavors are very piney, dry, citric with a nice toasty malt base that adds a nice sweetness. long piney dry finish-slightly resiny, but not in the dirty way like a chinook finish. body is velvety and has just the right level of carbonation. I have to raise my glass to Ted rice-thanks for making the best beer brewed in New Mexico-I will miss hanging out at the brewery and doing beer tastings with the Albuquerque crew. cheers to all of you! OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2005
22oz bottle hand bottled by the brewmaster and obtained in a trade with Waleman. Thanks Dave - Pours amber and fairly clear witha beautiful creamy tan head that laces the whole way down the glass. Aroma is grapefruit, toasted malts, and floral. Flavor is of caramel malts and notes of brown sugar but the agressive hops dominate the flavor of this brew. This is a hophead’s dream. A little spice comes through. Palate is medium bodied and quite full in the mouth. A nice bitter finish makes this very crisp on the palate. Beautiful brew. I feel lucky to have gotten to try it... whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Clear, rusty-orange body with a soft, sudsy, off-white head. Great, tantalizing aroma of grapefruit, wild flowers, sweet toasty malt, and warm spice. Moderately sweet flavor with a touch of brown sugar and caramel, a blast of hops, and a warming note of alcohol that builds. Also has a nice spicy quality that really appeals to me. An unmistakably big hop fix, but nicely balanced with deep malt character. Mouthfeel is resinous with chewy malt texture. This is my kind of big brew because it has everything going on at once.