Zeswaft (1756) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ha, what a crazy gimmick for a brewery. Nevertheless, this was a shockingly good IPA. Big citrus hops up front and a spicy counterbalance of the rye. good job.
bb (8987) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Rich ruby amber beer with a tan head. Citrus and slight earth aroma. Citrus and malt flavor with earth and spice backing. Very creamy rye mouthfeel. Hot - alcohol definately present. Nit bitter enopugh for an IIPA. Lingering pine, earth bitterness.
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of toffee, grapefruit, chocolate, vinous, and toasted rye bread. Flavor of rich malts, caramel, and hops; good balance.
iskirwan1 (66) - monument, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 bomber.pours a dark amber.with large white head looks very tastey.aromas of sunflower seeds earthey hops and dark malts surpriseing no alcohol.taste is bitter sweet cremy bitter than sweet than clean finsh.this is a awesome brew and hides the alocohol very well will definlatey buy again
Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 Nice and bright red-amber hue with a frothy head. Texture was really nice, too. Swishing it around in the mouth made it become even creamier and thicker. Very toasted, with hints of dark bread, brown sugar and nuts. Sweet candy. Hops were grassy and electric, yet complementing to the malts. Some interesting spice aromas poked through (perfume, cinnamon, roast, allspice) and made a quick but strong presence. Curiously enjoyable and flavorful.
ABUSEDGOAT (2693) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish amber, large head, good lacing. Aroma is a blast of the usual American goods... grapefruit, pine, loads of fruit, spices, citrus, you know the deal. Big big caramel malt background. Also lesser notes of rye and bread. Rye bread? (sorry) Sweet and salty mouthfeel, some alcohol. Fairly big bodied for an IIPA, felt more like an American Strong Ale. Enjoyable, but a bit off balance. Sorta reminded me of Stone 10 with some more alcohol in the finish. Whatever, I was craving an IIPA and this was one I hadn’t had yet.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear deep copper with a robust head. nice fruit notes with a piney bitter edge. the first sips seem overpowering with the bitterness, but it goes down smoother and smoother with every sip. perhaps there is a numbing of the pallet by the big rye & bitter robustness. This beer is very devine from about 6oz to 220z.
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours a clear dark reddish amber color with a fluffy light tan head, which leaves some nice lacing as it slowly dissipates. Aroma is powerful: first aromatic pine, floral and perfume, then rich roasted malts, and finally sweet molasses and some notes of dark fruits and citrus. Taste is of rich roasted malts, bitterness, pine and perfume with notes of molasses, sourness, and fruit. Well carbonated with a fairly chewy texture. A dry, mostly bitter ending.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber: Pours a dark orange with a thinning light tan head, aroma is heavy pine and resin, chewy body that leaves a slick feel, powerful carbonation, but in a good way. Starts and ends very bitter with a slight sweet alcohol burn at the end. Yum. Rye makes all beers like this better, if you brew IIPAs, add some rye the next time!!
PorterPounder (7765) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Whole Foods, Alexandria, Va. - 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark copper with a creamy, frothy moca colored head that leaves very thick lacing. Fresh, spruce forest aroma with hints of mint. Flavor is decadent with some grapefruity citrus notes, mint, peaches and nectarines. Chewy, stick to your ribs flavor. Very thick, creamy mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised - especially for a line of beers that I view mainly as a novelty.