fidelis83 (2437) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours a clear, light copper with a 1 finger, cramy, beige head. Aroma of sweet crystal malt, light toast and mineral notes and planty, floral and light pine hops. Flavor starts out nicely with caramel, biscuit and toasty malt, floral and citrus hops, but finishes with weird crystal malt sweetness and odd, soapy, candied citrus. Dry entry, slick, but sticky finish light, but sharp carbonation.Pretty decent beer overall, but needs less oversweet crystal malt. novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
A spectacular seasonal ale. Hyper carbonated, bourbon notes. Yeast and hops competing for main stage. tmoreau (4365) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured to a SA pint glass, showing a fairly clear, amber hue, with frothy/billowy, cream colored head foam, and good cling to the waves & spots of lacing. The aroma was citrusy grapefruit & orange, maybe just a hint of resin, with smooth, bready malt, and touches of caramel & sweetness. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation, the flavor also presented an earthy, rind-like hop bitterness, that was lingering through the finish, but not overbearing. A nice balance of malt and hop, but did sense some light oxidation, soapiness/off notes in both nose & taste. Midwest market push? GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma is hops and malt. Where is the citrus hops they claim. Taste is good but not as claimed. Bold and tasty but missing citrus. Nice lacing. jmohno (1618) - Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Darker pinkish copper than mirror pond pale.Clear,thin head,slight lacing.
Aroma is more toffee than mirror pond,otherwise its about the same,very slight hop,with some tart-butter notes.Maybe a bit of floral.Less english/noble like I was getting in the mirror pond.
Taste is more toffee than carmel as the mirrror pond,maybe hoppier,seems the malt carmels are strong,as is the citrus,its balanced but eaqually well noticed. Definatly not likeing my intro to Deshutes so far.Far from a favorate pale ale.Its just a step up hoppier/maltier than mirror pond.As is the abv.
Garvinil (4) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2013 does not count
Excellent color, modest head. Smooth pale start with citrusy, apple peal finish.
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Pours a clear amber with a foamy white head. Smells subtly of sweet grapefruit citrus and bready malt. Tastes like a hopped up amber ale - very mild and one dimensional. A perfectly average APA, and there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2012
12 oz. bottle served in a Stone imperial pint glass. Best by 3/27/12. Big thanks to mfavoino for the extra.
A: Pours a solid amber color with a one finger pure white head that recedes to a nice thick collar and thin film. Splotchy lace is left down the glass.
S: Very balanced nose. Solid caramel and bready malts with solid citrus hops and some minimal pine.
T: The taste loses some of the hoppiness that I found in the nose. The taste comprised bready and pale malts with a honey like sweetness. Sticky resiny hops are that backend, but it’s not nearly as balanced as the nose.
M: This is sticky and medium bodied with a lower than expected carb. It drinks like a malts DIPA. Not the refreshing crispness I want from a APA.
O: The nose gave me a lot of hope, but the mouthfeel and taste really didn’t do it for me. Just a touch too malty and thick for me. I guess I’m spoiled with the likes of Zombie Dust.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-06-2012 IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2012
The build of this beer is definitely something to be enjoyed. Nice Copper hazy, with a dense creamy head. Nice amount of carbonation coming up from the middle. Smell is certainly the carastan malt, with some definite sweetness. Opposite of Cigar City’s Tocobaga Red. Mild hop aroma. Very nice mouthfeel, creamy. You can really taste the spicyness of the red malt in this one, which pairs nicely with the hop flavor. Not overly obnoxious, but well hopped. I could drink this all day. Not too forgiving. Enjoyability 4.5/5 firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2012
I guess I wanted more out of it. It isn’t bad, just not one I would go back to if I had a choice.