SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Deep slightly cloudy coppery color with a nice thick tan head that thins nicely. Delicious smelling floral hops aroma. Slightly sweet maltiness gives way almost immediately to a wall of hoppiness and mild alcohol notes. Slightly fruity malt notes as well as a slightly grassy hoppiness in the finish. Packs a wallop at first, but the finish left me a bit off. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2007
(bottle - 12 oz) Hazy orange/amber color with a thin tan head. Aroma is very rich with lots of hops, pine resin, and even some strawberries randomly enough. Flavor is very sweet at the beginning followed by a bunch of hops punching you right in the face. After the hops are done, the taste becomes very sweet and fruity once again. Aftertaste is very bitter and lingering. BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Poured a cloudy amber color...WOW. Hop smell is huge from the get go..Taste was sweetness immediately followed by hop overkill...I sure wish I could like hops better, but alas, I am not a hop head...Not a favorite of mine...The alcohol did seem very well hidden tho! bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2007 Wow. Bottle. I don’t get where all of the highly carbonated reviews come from. My head died off fast and did not bubble long. Very hoppy, but not without a blast of candy coated goodness first. This beer is very sweet off the get go but leaves any hop head happy towards the end of the swallow. green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Fresh hop aroma. Slightly sweet with big malty flavor and dark fruits. Huge finish with late aromatic hop flavors.
oakbluff (453) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
Pours out a hazy nectarine. Head quickly disapates to a soapy film. Nose- fruity hops- smells promising! Taste- tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, grapefruit). Has quite bitter finish- dry tobacco on finish. Mouthfeel- carbonation is fairly high. This beer becomes slightly astringent and a little boozy as I get into it. Very good beer- not quite up to Hop Slam quality, but worth seeking out. jcwattsrugger (12506) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2007
12oz bottle-pours a big foamy to rocky light tan head and copper/amber color. Aroma is lots of sweet and bitter lemon/citrus hops. Taste starts a dry raw hops then some medium malt starts to come through. Alcohol. The bitter hops stays through the aftertaste. A bit much for me. Occasional. OK carbonation. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Bottle; Poured a brownish orange; a little murky; with not much off white head. Aroma of caramel malt and citrus hops. Strong pine presence too. Flavor has an initial strong hop presence; Sticky and smooth. Lacks alot of complexity, but there is some. Some caramel malt and grapefruit/citrus. Very good, but not great. Very much like a double IPA nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Poured from Stone Brewery tap with a cloudy orange tinge. Aroma of some malty caramel and very nice hps. Pine with some citrus lemon. Head was white tan. On the palate the brew is smooth and creamy. The flavor has a strong hop characyer along with a little sweet malt. Nice complexity and finish of good duration. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 Poured a burnt orange. Aroma of caramel, toffee and piny grapefruit bitter hops. Tastes first of caramel malt sweetness, then pine. Sweetness lingers throught the finish but there’s plenty of grapefruit and a good hop flavor, followed by a lasting bitter finish. Good, but not as nicely put together as it could be.
Had this again on its own and I liked much more than the original rating reflects. Great aroma, big sweet malt flavor, and a big fruity flowery and piny hop presence, all combined well. The aftertaste has a bit too much char for my taste. This kinda like Oskar Blues Gordon, but a bit stronger, with a less pleasant finish.