overall
90
67
style
RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Eagle Claw Fist utilizes the same Chico yeast that shaped Hoppy Feet and Brown Angel. Canadian Two Row, English Crystal, and a little English Black Patent malt provide a sweet, balanced backbone. Simcoe, Centennial, and Citra work together to create a unique hop assault, with an intense bitterness that manages to leave your palate in one piece and is harmonized by the flavors of tropical fruits and flowers. The finish is dry.

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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (2986) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Pours a brownish amber with a decent head. About a fingers worth of a whitish foam that subsides to a opaque layer that leaves little lacing. Big smells of hops, grapefruit, and mostly what you would expect from a big hopped imperial beer. Huge hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is a bit dry, much more so than I thought it would be. It does have a bit of residual sweetness, but that is overpowered by the hops. Very quaff-able brew. I will pick this one up again, if I can find it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2011
22oz Bottle. Big grassy hop nose, behind a caramel malt centered grist bill. Unfortunately, Im 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, couldnt make up for it. I wanted some extra smoothness. It seemed unnecessarily brash and abrasive.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5403) - 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 isnt perfect with the malts, doesnt blend as well with the strong hops as it could. Strong hoppy finish. A pretty good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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. Its not a bad beer by any means. It just very obviously needs refining. Finishes on a minty, leafy hop note.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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 wasnt so dark, it would probably be an IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13519) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
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.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (6947) - 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??

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2011
22 oz bottle. Shared with AirForceHops, glad I didnt 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. Im not a fan of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

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 its far from it.

Overall: Pretty solid, and very hoppy the way I like it.


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