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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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4.5
fiulijn (20493) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2007
Draught at Ginger Man, 36th NYC
Amber color; creamy head; nice lace. Very nice aroma of sweet caramel, hop, pine needles and some fruits (pink grapefruit). Full mouthfeel, good malt, a lot of residual sugars without being cloying, powerful and aromatic hopping, both fruity and resiny. Excellent.

4
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Gravity at BT. Pours an amber brown body with a lifeless tan lacing. Aroma is very hoppy pine, grapefruit, and caramel. Drinks with a heavy hop body initially and then finishes very light with honey. This was excellent.

4
Nickls (2535) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
(Old BA rate - tap) Reddish-copper hue, poured with a nice proportioned slightly off white head. Wonderful lacing throughout the sample. Muted maltiness and really nice herbal aromas with a mild hop bitterness. Really interesting hop bitterness up front, followed by sweeter malts, and the herbal spiciness suggested in the aroma is a bit weaker than I would have thought based on the smell. Medium to thin MF, with some pleasant carbonation which makes this very quaffable. Really great on the drinkability scale give the 7% abv. I would have never guessed it was that high in alcohol as it was completely hidden. Definitely great on the flavors and they all melded well with one another.

3.9
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2004
8.25% ABV so they say. You don’t really taste it all that much though. Amarillo hops used in it, so says Brewer Mark. Berry-cherry aroma. Nice syrupy Christmas taste. Just mellow enough--not over the top on the flavoring attempt.

3.9
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2007 Tap @ Barcade: I rather enjoyed this. Nice orangey amber pour which is slightly hazy, topped by an off white head. Leaves a brief lacing. Very aromatic. Sweet lemon/sherbert aroma. The hops also show through nicely in the flavor. Mainly lemon citrus comes through, and it has a nice malt back that gives a balancing light sweetness. Somewhat dirty middle, twiggy. The finish is a bit more bitter, more like lemon-rind, closer to grapefruity. Also the alcohol is extremely well hidden, wouldn’t have guessed it to be 8.4% ABV. This stuff is highly drinkable and nicely balanced.

3.9
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Draught at Jimmy’s No 43, Fair head, lastingrough, earthy, very rich. plums, and lemons and wood

3.8
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Tap at brewpub. Told by Mark that its the only brew on the menu that used an adjunct: brown sugar. Interesting. Just a little bit of spice in there as well. A smidgen. Mainly centers around hops but it *is* HOPPY Holiday.

3.8
notalush (5876) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Cask at Blue Point cask fest - apa you say? nay! - amber color out of the hand pump, with a rather large head that spilled over the sides of the glass, leaving a sticky residue, warning me to expect loads of sweetness - it was there alright, but the copious amounts of herbal hops kept it from becoming cloying - some fruitiness through the middle, mostly apricot and citrus - herbal tea qualities on the back end - dry, earthy hops throughout - this brewery certainly isn’t great, but their beers are severely under-rated.

3.8
Sammy (12204) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
Enjoyed on cask at Cole’s Cask Ale Fest. Very rich and good (great) malting. This year’s edition is much more a dark Belgian and not an American pale at all. A great cask.

3.8
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Tap at Barcade. Hoppy, pine, evergreen aroma. Sweet, thick body, viscous with sugars and a brash hoppiness. Sugariness is welcoming. Very gentle carbonation from the cask, easy drinking.


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