Skyview (6076) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Sampled during ABR ’07 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pours a reddish brown amber brew with a light tan/off-white head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of mostly grapefruit zest and citrus peel. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with plenty of grapefruit hoppiness that overpowers any bread malt flavor or character. Finish is dry and quite bitter with a lingering grapefruit bitterness that stick around for a while. BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2007
ABR 2007. Grapefruit hops on the nose. Brown beer with minimal head. VERY hoppy body. Not too sweet on the body. Hands down the best Great Waters beer at the fest. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2007
Brown/Red Color with Light Tan Head. Fresh Green Hop Aroma. Dark Bread Notes...Nice Hop Profile. Medium Mouthfeel and a Creamy Body. Lightly Dry Aftertaste. Little Dusty Overall. Nice Casked IPA. Nuffield (4180) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
A hoppy IPA, but the black color...that’s the key here in how it is promoted. I’m not sure it does much. Perhaps there is a bit of the characteristic schwarzbier smoothness influencing it, but I also had it as a cask version and the cask effect is far stronger on the mouthfeel than the malts. (on cask at brewpub) badgerben (5213) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Cask. Near black color with a perfect Guinness-like head. Very light aroma that seemed like East Kent Golding hops. Piney and earthy hop flavor. A little dusty like a farmhouse ale. It’s a good IPA, but the color is really just a "hey look what we can do" gimick. It doesn’t seem like roasted barley added anything to the brew.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Just had a sample glass of this at GW, and decided not to order a pint. Cask in general is not my cup of tea, i just can NOT drink warm beeer, cask or not. Flavor was good, head was thick, but i opted for a colder brew this night beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2006
On cask at the brewpub: Dark tarnished brown, nearly black with a clearish body. Immensely thick top of tuffy, puffy, lightly tanned foam that hardly ever moves from its place. Lacing is sticky and textured in lots of inky strings.
Roasted malts were used to create the color, but not in the mash sequence, rather before that in a process of "Farbe"? malting, that apparently sucks the color out of the grain and not the flavors.
Nice aroma of Amarillo hops that signifies a bright hop resin thats favorably piney and lightly citric with a sweet toasty malty backing.
Taste is pretty interesting. Nicely soft, supple, and toasty with a tender sweetness in the front. Then the Amarillo hops kick in and make for a nice placement of seeping hop resin thats semi bittering and plenty citrusfied with a broadened, lengthy pull of lemon and orangeyness drawing out a nice hopy finish thats pleasant on the buds.
The feel is superb. Warm, fulfilling, soothing, soft, toasty, and wonderfully textured in a malt fluffy blanket stitched together well with hoppy Amarillo notes coating with a great balance and growing from there into the finish.
A very nice cask beer. Enjoyably warm, toasty, hoppy, and drinkable. One of the better beers to be had on cask in a while while at GW. Stine (1792) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Served on cask, chestnut brown in hue, marginally transparent with a succulent head of off white foam. Wonderous aromas. Amarillo pineapple and mango with pine and a hint of something musty like dry leaves in an autumn bonfire. Flavor is brown and sweet initially, then a hoppy fruit interlude finished with a faint, dying whisper of roasted malt. Intricacies abound. Consistency is like maple oatmeal and cream with some dark fruit acidity. Cask conditioning works wonders for some brews and this is one of them.