Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 18, 2011
THOUGHTS: A lot more subtle than I was expecting. Great balance. Lots of hop flavor without being overly bitter. Gotta love those citra hops. Actually slightly cloying by the end, but still nice. Not the best in the series, but a lot better than some of the beers other breweries are making. The alcohol hits you all of a sudden toward the end.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light to medium amber with tiny to small particles in the body of an average to thick density, but otherwise it was clear. It also had a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good to excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy grain and cereal; lighter caramel; light to moderate citrus (orange) and tropical fruit hops; lighter pine hops; toffee; slight butterscotch; maple syrup; and alcohol. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet and rather to heavily bitter with a long duration. There was caramel malt, grain, cereal, burnt caramel, tropical fruits, citrus hops, a little pineapple, peaches, slight pine, lots of tropical fruit, apricot, alcohol, and light to moderate yeast. The medium to full body was a bit syrupy, but mostly oily and then a little dry with soft, yet lightly tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly alcoholic finish. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2011
This poured a scarlet red color with a beige head. Aroma was lots of bittering citrusy hops, mainly chinook I think, along with lots of caramel malts. Flavor was a decent balance between hop bitterness and caramely, biscuty malts, not too much hop flavor though. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2011
750 ml bottle from TheEpeeist. Thanks, Chris. All caught up on the "Exit" Series with this one finally. Pours a vibrant glowing copper pour, touches of haziness, shiny orange copper edges. Quite a striking color overall with a looser tan head atop, decent sized, but bigger bubbles, ok lacing as it dies to a decent film. Aromas are a pleasant mixture of striking moderate hops, grass and florals stronger, with touches of lemony citrus, crystal malts throw toffee, toast, and biscuits. Some light spiciness. Not complex, but it seems to works. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, a bit cold overall with a growing bitterness, a bit blank up front growing into toast, sweeter crystal malts, toffee then quickly into a strong warming alcohol presence, some dry florals and bitterness, some toast. This ABV is a doozy on the back of the palate, getting quite distracting, some household cleaner tendencies. As it warms, some more hop elements come into play, lemons and more flavorful grass and florals up front, but into the backend over dried, hot alcohol. This beer had a good promise up front, but the finish really loses me. I’ve had good Imperial Reds, but this isn’t for me compared to those. I had higher hopes for this, the hop profile is a bit odd and sharp, the ABV heat on the palate it suffers from is not aided by that. Kinda a mess for me.. Even after it warmed, the hops were still a bit too sharp but seemed to pick up some more complexity of flavors. Ok. Travlr (26430) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle. Dark but clear amber, huge beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of lite pine and flowers. Taste is moderately bitter with good balance, some butterscotch. Nice. dnstone (3707) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Nice hoppy aroma. More golden-orange in color with off white head. A nice IPA-like beer.
BOLTZ7555 (3028) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Traditionally, I like hoppy amber ales but this one just didn’t impress. Scarlet, crimson, garnet pour with ruby red highlights and a small eggshell head. The aroma is of grapefruit pith, caramel, and lemongrass. Flavor shows leafy, earthy, fruity qualities. Wish I could put my finger on it but there is a flavor that just doesn’t meld well with this. Perhaps it’s the typical red/amber sugary sweet toffee-like palate. The description, I would happily consume...but would never buy a second of these. Hope that makes sense. blipp (9929) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Draft. Pours orange with an off white head. Fruity and floral hoppy aroma with some light sweet malty notes. the flavor has fresh fruity hops, floral and piney notes, and a light sweetness, with a nice dry finish. Nice. yespr (48931) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2011
From tap. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is pine and grassy to peachy hoppy. Bitter, pine and peachy. Grassy and herbal, pine and peachy. Dry and fruity finish. TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Murky copper with a short, foamy tan head. Strong spicy hops, citrus fruit, orange rind, grapefruit and malt. Taste is big citrus resins, grapefruit, tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), spicy hops, floral hops, sweet malt, melon, light caramel, and alcohol. Body is medium-full with slight warming feel atop the resins and hop bitterness. Carbonation is medium with a bubbly feel. Ends with more spicy hops, citrus and pine resins, floral notes, caramel, light malt, melon, mango, light apricot, and grapefruit pulp. fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 17, 2011
bottle pours light orange/amber with a medium tan head. Aroma is bready with huge earthen hop notes. Flavor is rich sweet breads and nuts with a healthy evergreen/pine hop presence and a hint of booze in the finish. Not bad, but it didn’t stand out to me.