fiulijn (20493) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2007
Draught at Ginger Man, 36th NYCRciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
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.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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 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. 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. 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. 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.