JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2007
This was a very cool IPA> It had some nice aormas of spices and hops. The notes on the palate were long and flavorful. Nice effort! BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Nice dark orange color with creamy white head. Faint hoppy nose with a hint of oak. Oaky sweet malt flavor with some citrus hop hints. Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2007 One of my very favorite beers. Pours a nice orange-copper color with lots of fine streams of bubbles. Aroma is somewhat lacking. Flavor of sweet grapefruit and maybe a little pineapple throughout, oak, some caramel, with a nice crisp, only moderately bitter aftertaste. Despite the less-than-typical hoppiness, this year’s blend reminds me more of Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA and seemed to have a little less oak character than last year’s batch, but that’s a nit. Highly recommended. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Hoppy aroma with lots of oak and caramel and a bit of alcohol. Poured a perfect amber color with a small, off-white head that diminished. Very small lacing. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is quite sweet. Tastes of oak, brown sugar, caramel, and some hops. Not as bitter or hoppy as I had expected. Medium body. Tingly mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Long, malty but lightly bitter finish. Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from the Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, WI. Pours a deep ruby brown brew with a thin white head. Aroma has herbal hops, caramel, some brown sugar, vanilla and sweet Hawaiian style bread. Taste is on the dry side with a pine/citrus finish. Alcohol is a bit on the wee-heavy side.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle. Another that I would classify as a beer that, after the first sip, I want to stick my face in. I thought this beer was excellent. Just a beautiful pour, deep copper with red highlights, and a fluffy whit head that lasted. Very malty and sugary and but balanced very nicely. Thick mouthfeel and a slick, velvety finish. tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2013 The aroma is peach, citrus, caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon. The appearance is a cloudy amber, off white head. The flavor is just like the aroma, more oak-y perhaps, more vanilla. The finish has a boozy warming, pine, citrus. Medium in body, slight;l thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very good. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2007
bottle. copper pour with rising bubbles to creamy off white head. great malty aroma with citrus hops and oak aroma. medium body, caramel sugar, candy sugars, some dark fruit, citrus hops. very sweet and sugary. bitterness in sugary finish. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2007
almost a drain pour..absolutely cloying in every manner..smells like an old, dead IIPA that is way to heavy in sugar and malt...an almost offensive flavor that is much to sweet..sugar, sugar, sugar, honey,sugar,sugar,sugar.....blech...if i had this again i would pour this shit outside during the summer to collect moths... Silphium (3198) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Clearish copper body, thin, almost non-existent off-white head. Strong aroma of piney hops, oak, and alcohol. The body was almost sickly sweet with an overabundance of sugars, overwhelming the bitter, citrusy hops. Sugar, oak, and alcohol do not a great beer make. Cloying and highly disappointing.