sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: red with an off white head. Aroma of citrus, rye, and caramel. Flavor, lots of citrus, caramel, and some really nice bitterness to it. I love these hoppy rye beers, and this is no exception.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from the bottle a cloudy, opaque reddish orange hue under a huge, thick and frothy beige head. Superb head retention throughout with a trail of thick lacing. Pleasant, moderate aromas of pine needles, caramel , lemon rind, spices and rye toast meld together nicely. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a spritzy carbonation. Initial flavor seems dominated by the malts revealing a subdued caramel, toffee sweetness. This quickly transcends into a hefty hop and rye flavor profile showing off assertive notes of grapefruit, pine, rye seeds and spicy black pepper. Finish is a mouth-puckering combination of a chalky-like mineral dryness and hoppy bitterness which hangs on nicely. In the end a great balance of the malts, hops and rye to create a pleasurable, unique style.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2007 Holy crap is this ever good. Pours a brilliant blue color........Just kidding. Pours a clean medium red (of course). I did not expect all of the hops in the aroma and flavor. That made it even better. I would label this as an Imperial IPA. An almost perfect mix of malt and hops.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
, Boston. Some light fruity malt characters to start (berry fruit?), lightly caramelly and sweet. Then the aromatic hops kick in at the end just to remind you that youíre in the US, in fact there is quite a lot of aromatic, slightly piney, citrusy hops. this was quite nice.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 Dry, very hopped with lotís more toffee, pine, spicy, citric, Rhy, oat... Swing!
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle via trade with Ohiodad (thanks Scott!). Pours a semi hazy reddish orange color. Average size beige head. Leaves lots of lace. Aroma of lemon, grapefruit, caramel and rye. Taste like is smells with some added grass flavor, with an interesting semi-hoppy lemony chalky finish and a dry rye aftertaste.Canít say i care for the chalkiness or the rye in the finish. Starts out very nice upfront, but ends up a bit rough. I think this is likely something people will either really like or dislike...or an aquired taste. Will try this again sometime. Maybe not for my first beer of the day. Gets an extra point for having some a cool label!*****ok, 15 minutes later, i will just say this is much much better as it warms. Let is set at LEAST 10 minutes after removing from the fridge before partaking!
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle from Julioís Liquors) Pours deep burnt amber with about 1/4" of creamy biege head that stays. Aroma strongly hoppy - mostly pine, some flowers. Mouthfeel smooth, full, a touch prickly. Flavor is very hoppy - pine plus a bit of flowers and fruit. Finishes bitter. Flavor is very much like a big IPA, maybe a little less sharp.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to The_Epeeist. Hazy brown/amber topped by a huge, dense, frothy tan head. Huge hop nose of pine, venom, resin, spice with an underlying sweetness. Flavor adds a generous amount of sweet caramel and a nice rye presence in the finish. Full body, smooth. Rich, yet easy, drinking.
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Anam Cara. Slightly hazy amber red. Aroma is piney and citrus hops. Taste is pretty big on hops with semi-sweet malts evening it out. Floral with a little fruit. Good stuff.
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brownish amber with a huge off white head.Has a big malt aroma with a slight alcoholic aroma.Big malty flavor followed by a nice hop/rye bite.not bad!