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 you’re 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 lot’s 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.Can’t 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 Julio’s 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!
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2007 Pours a huge off-white fluffy head; foggy brownish-amber in the glass. Medium sweet-hoppy nose, showing lots of citrus, lemon, orange and rye. Full, hopped-up mouthfeel, rye serving as the malty backdrop - ending slightly dry, with bitterness around the edges. Nicely done rye interpretation, but that extra oomph of alcohol isn’t well-used. 18.104.22.168.14=3.4
Rerate: 12oz bottle, fresh from Michigan, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a medium reddish-brown color with some particulates floating about; fluffy, very light tan head with fantastic retention and lacing. Lots of pine and woodsy notes in the aroma; hoppy, earthy. Medium-to-full mouthfeel, predominated by earthy rye and tea-like malts; lively carbonation; plenty of chewy citrusy hop character; balanced nicely. Lengthy finish, on the dry side, showing chewy malts and citrus. 22.214.171.124.14=3.6
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to some great RateBeeriean for sending me this bottle!
The first beer since my wisdom teeth were extracted… man, I’ve been craving a nice brew!
Pours a rich amber body and a tall dense khaki head. The aroma is enticingly wild; unlike the old guy with the glasses on the label. Suggestions of toffee and caramel are gently pushed aside by mentions of pine resin and spicy citric hops. Guava, grapefruit, cumquat, brown sugar covered oatmeal and rosemary all come to reference here. The palate is sticky and viscous, the perfect level of light carbonation for me. A very lovely beer... I so wish this were available locally!