auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2011
22oz Bottle. Big grassy hop nose, behind a caramel malt centered grist bill. Unfortunately, I’m not sure this bottle held on well. The hops edged dusty and the overall malt complexity, when combined with an alcohol that seemed to surge a bit too much, couldn’t make up for it. I wanted some extra smoothness. It seemed unnecessarily brash and abrasive. jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2011
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours hazy ruby/brown with a thich, lacy cream-colored head. Aroma strong of citrus and floral hops with some roasted/caramel malts. Flavor very strong of the bitter/floral hops but a little bit of malt to balance it out. Something isn’t perfect with the malts, doesn’t blend as well with the strong hops as it could. Strong hoppy finish. A pretty good beer. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Deep ruby red pour with off white lingering head. Aroma of citrus peel, pine, caramel, toffee mild sweetness. Flavor of iced tea, some sweetness, leafy, piney hops. Moderate bitterness. But it feels a bit muddled. I wish the hops and malt would come with more clarity. The bitterness is just not focuses enough, the malt is just not complex enough. It’s not a bad beer by any means. It just very obviously needs refining. Finishes on a minty, leafy hop note. sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2011
22oz bottle from Binnys Lincoln Park. Pours a deep reddish brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is very hoppy, grapefruit, citrus. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Texture is a little bit oily. Flavor is bitter, pine hops, and a touch of malt with a strong bitter finish. Overall, pretty tasty. If it wasn’t so dark, it would probably be an IPA. Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2011
A reddish amber ale with a very thin off white head. In aroma, fragrant and vinous malts with smooth c-hops. In mouth, a clean biscuitty caramel with smooth c-hops, Stone-like, very classy, sweet caramel in finale. On tap at Boston Beer Summit, Jan. 15 2011.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Pours rust red and cloudy with some white bubbles. Smells of sweet malt, earthy. Tastes of tea, bitter, some earthy hints on the finish. AirForceHops (7243) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2011
22 oz bottle. Shared with LiteWait. Nice ruby pour with hints lighter hues around the edges. Looks like iced tea in the glass. Small thin head that leaves lacing along the glass. Grapefruit hops in the aroma. Very Hoppy. Possibly cascade hops and a little bit of malt. Pretty light mouth feel with very light carbonation. Quite a bit of bitterness in the finish. However I am not a hoppy beer person. So maybe its not so bitter. Should this be labeled an IPA?? LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2011
22 oz bottle. Shared with AirForceHops, glad I didn’t buy this….. Nice ruby pour with hints lighter hues around the edges. Looks like iced tea in the glass. Small thin head that leaves lacing along the glass. Grapefruit hops in the aroma. Very Hoppy. Possibly cascade hops and a little bit of malt. Pretty light mouth feel with very light carbonation. Quite a bit of bitterness in the finish however I am not a hoppy beer person. I’m not a fan of the style. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a dense, fluffy beige head. Leaves behind creamy lacing.nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Aroma: Big pungent citrusy hops and faint brown sugar.
Taste: Grapefruit, burnt sugar. Finishes rather herbal.
Mouthfeel: If my eyes were closed, I would think by the taste and mouthfeel this is an IPA. I was afraid this was going to be syrupy, and it’s far from it.
Overall: Pretty solid, and very hoppy the way I like it.
Pours a nice mostly clear reddish amber color with a
one finger off-white head and decent lacing. Very nice aroma of
caramel malts and rough citrusy hops. The flavor is slightly sweet
caramel malt and big rough citrusy and orangey hops. Medium body with
average carbonation and a pretty nice mouthfeel. Surprisingly good
for a brewer I didn’t know what to think of.