Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2006
12 oz. bottle. Poured a deep copper red with a frothy, creamy looking head. Strong citrus aroma up front. Some earthy malt undertones as well. Taste was the same, except something just didn’t seem quite right, maybe the rye? Still, I like big hoppy beers so this gets a pretty good rating from me. LyndaNova (531) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a cloudy dark brownish amber color with a frothy ivory head. Aroma and taste: quite hoppy with roasted malt and notes of caramel and dark fruits. Short ending. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 6, 2006
Bottle: Cloudy red/orange with a thick rocky off-white head, spicy citrus aroma with earthy tones, full bodied with soft lively carbonation, starts and ends bitter with a velvet-like ending with some nice spice from the rye. Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
nice red color, aromas of hops, malt and spice, nice clean flavor with a little of both spice and hop that creep up on you. rye and hops go together like cookies and milk. really good beer. shigadeyo (3819) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Had this on draught at the "Founders at Dilly Deli" night on 9/21/2006...
Beautiful ruby color with a nice beige head and moderate carbonation. Aroma is mostly caramel and toffee along with citrus and pine hops. Flavor is intially sweet and much like the aroma and finishes a little dry with a wonderful rye and pine/grapefruit hoppiness. Moderate bitterness and medium body It’s really well balanced between the slightly sweet caramel and toffee malt and the dry rye and hoppy bitterness (almost zesty in a way) that dances on your tongue at the end tapping out Morse code to your brain to keep drinking more! This is an excellent ale and a really great beer to drink! This is one that is really difficult to stop drinking once you start.
16 oz draught (6.4% alchohol), $4.00 from Dilly Deli.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2006
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
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
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 (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2006
[email protected]chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2006
, 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 you’re in the US, in fact there is quite a lot of aromatic, slightly piney, citrusy hops. this was quite nice.
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2008 Dry, very hopped with lot’s more toffee, pine, spicy, citric, Rhy, oat... Swing!