j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Bottle at Captain Lawrence during the release of Smoke from the Oak Apple Brandy Barrel. Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Caramel and toffee on the nose, not much hop presence though. The body is rather empty and has some weird flavors going on. Finishes up with a nice grapefruit bitterness, but not enough to really save the beer.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2009
16 oz draft on tap at the brewpub. Pours a reddish copper hue, slightly hazed with a moderate offwhite head. Aromas are a nice floral hoppy bouquet, not dominant but well sufficient, with grapefruit and pine leading the charge and some nice carmel malt sublty showing and making itself known. Taste starts off with a nice hoppy bitterness, citrus and piney resin qualities, light carmel malt and moderate flavors. Very sessionable, highly balanced, not a lot of malty sweetness gumming up the works. A nice hommage to the fine people at sierra nevada! Cheers! egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, light toffee, toast, grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops. Taste of pine, bitter grapefruit, citrus fruits, and more bitter hops in the finish. JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Purple "wax". Initial burst of foam, was only a sips worth, but the hops are heavy even from that small sample. Hazed dark amber to copper in color. Smallish beige head. Pithy grapefruit and orange peel scents Dominate. Some heavy caramel and darker floor malt in the background. Heavy, but not mouthcoating or cloying in feel. Lightly toasted malt start. Interesting mix in the middle with sweeter, juicy citrus along with light apricots and honey. More bitterness in the finish as some pine pitch seeps in. Nice balance and play between the sweet and the bitter. Linger has a pale caramel and malt sweetness that seems to ask for another swig. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Dank orange pour nice head and lace. Nose is full of grapefruit and floral hops. Some orange, caramel, and toast. Flavors of caramel malts, floral, perfumey, and citrus hops. Long lingering grapefruit hoppy finish.
Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Purple waxed bomber shared at EBF. Pours an amber body with a tan head. Huge strong pine hop aroma, with a moderate caramel malt bill, some lighter citrus hoppiness and very bitter and dry over all with just a hint of alcohol warming. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Enjoyed at the mug club tapping at the brewpub - The lighting made it difficult to pin down, but the body appeared to be a deep reddish hue capped by thick head that left lots of lace. The aroma was dominated by the hops, strong citrus scents with a dash of pine and a small touch of the catbox. The flavor was more balanced, having a sturdily sweet malt backbone for supporting the bitterness. The finish was a prolonged, but not intense, bitterness. Very nice. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bomber- purple wax. One of my least favorite of the 3 we had- pours much darker than the otehrs with a thinning head. Aroma is a bit more dull than the othes as well- perhaps past its prime? Chinook and Amarillo hops are hardly noticed- just seems like some light citrusy cascade, and some wet paper going on with some deep caramel malts in there as well. Flavor is still not as hoppy as expected- dull, tea-like, slight oxidation, sharp crystal malts, and a hint of coppery metal in the finish. Meh. tmoreau (4739) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Being that I’m a huge hop fan, this doesn’t disappoint. Tap sample at the brewpub. Deep amber hue with a bubbly, off-white head and nice, clingy lace. Beautiful aroma of citrus- ruby grapefruit and lemon, and a touch of spruce. Malt sweetness,citrus and a touch of resin in the flavor, with a good hop bitterness to round it out.