Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2009
22 oz bottle from Market of Choice. Pours out orange with a one finger white head and solid lacing. Smell is citrus, mostly grapefruit with a solid caramel malt backing. Flavor much the same, slightly buttery aftertaste, but not unpleasant. The best Hales beer I’ve had so far. drfabulous (8591) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Weird malty smell quickly erased by sweet malty taste. Very sweet and sticky. Some citrus. Lingering stickiness. carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2009
slightly resinous bitter linger in the mouth. Aroma is highly citrusy hops. Slightly cloudylight orange color. trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Seriously, who designs these bottles? Pours a murky bronze with a mid-sized head. Nose has a big burst of hops - grapefruit, lemon and resiny pine, balanced with some sweet honey malts. This is nice - big, big mouthfeel... bigger than anything I’ve ever had from Hale’s -maybe even a bit too sticky. Velvety smooth, though, with a bitingly acerbic finish. Really nice effort - this is good stuff from a brewery just down the street. Keep it up, Mike & co.! snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s. Pours hazy orange amber with a nice off-white head. Huge aroma of floral and citrus hops, tropical fruit, cotton candy. Tastes pretty much the same. Full-bodied and smooth with a nice hoppy finish.
robforbes (2267) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
pours a semi-cloudy amber with a medium size off-white head, and good lacing.
smell of light grapefruit, some caramel, earth, a touch of citrus, and a touch of pine.
taste is thick, grapefruit hops, citrus, a touch of sweet malt, some caramel, and some pine, ends bitter, and dry. Coryphaeus (2) - USA - MAY 27, 2009 does not count
Tried it at the Concordia Ale House in Portland, Oregon as part of its "Washington Cup 2009" blind taste test. After tasting 10 different beers, it was the one that I voted as best of the bunch and the one that upon first tasting made for a "happy mouth". It was on draught and I didn’t notice the haziness reported by others. It had a very hoppy, flowery aroma, a high in hops taste, but a sweetness to accompany the bitterness of the hops, and had a flowery finish and aftertaste. JK (6296) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Moderate hops in the aroma. Some sweetness in the aroma, with citrus. Sweet malt flavor, balanced by moderate hops. Cloudy brown color. Good. juiceisloose (1552) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Pours a copper borwn color with a small white head. The aroma shows some citrus and piney hops, but are overpoweered by the caramel malt sweetness. The flavor follows suit with some orange and grapefruit citrus coming through to go with the chewy caramel malt sweetness that seems to overpower. Medium bodied and a touch cloying with not much bitterness on the back end. Decent, but not what I am looking for in a double ipa. badgerben (5331) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Courtesy of Skyview. Cloudy copper color with a thin head. Orange aroma and caramel malt. Fairly strong, bitter pine hop taste. Not much malt balancing out the hops, but the bitterness is not actually that overpowering.