RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Here is what brewer Peter Licht says about this brew: "There seems to be some confusion about what ale of the hermit is. It is not that our brewer lives in a cave,... Lets just say that he doesnt get out much. Alone with his beer, his thoughts turn inward and backward. What about the way beer used to be made here in the new world? Old methods, old hop varieties, oak-aged, complex, challenging...."

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeLovesHops (12) - - AUG 12, 2015
500ml bottle, bought on sale; pours a beautiful golden color, somewhat cloudy, and it has a gorgeous hard: very creamy. It has almost no aroma. When tasting, my first thought was: this beer is past its prime (probably why it was on sale), but it seems to have an amount of average flavor for an imperial IPA: a decent amount of hops and malt. I do like the mouth feel of the beer. Overall:I like it, but to me its an average Imperial IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2015

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kaser (6148) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Dark Orange with tons of head after. Ripe apricot and vanilla flavor. Unique and poundable. Had this poured in small glass from draft at the American Beer Classic 2015.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AWISLguy (2934) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
500ml bottle from Binnys in Highland Park. Pours an unclear amber with an orangey head. Some spotty lacing. Aroma has sweet fruits, malt, a toastiness, some wood. Taste is of sweet toffee malts, some grapefruit, some grain, spicy pine and heavy resin. Somewhat dank and somewhat oak-y. Medium bodied with just a touch of alcohol presence. Finishes with length, and bittersweet. Interesting flavor, unfortunately not in a positive way. Decent, nothing more. 13.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (11677) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"an "amber ale" listed as a BSA on ratebeer for some reason, but listed as a wood-aged double ipa on the breweries site. kind of a poor example of any of the three. a little fruity, no belgian aspects. the wood either mutes the hops too much, theres not enough, or its a little old. an ok beer that i wouldnt seek out."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (12770) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2014
Sample at Tied House. The beer is a slightly hazy dark amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Hops, citrus and malt in the nose. Medium-bodied with flavors of piney hops, citrus and grainy malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a short resiny hops aftertaste. Average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a perfect layer of fluffy foam head where as the liquid was a dark tea brown hue that seemed to glow. As for the nose, there was a delicate presence of caramel malt and a background of citrus fashioned hops. The flavor is crisp and has a nice balance to the grained caramel like malt and a taste of hops that are very different. Has a bready profile with perhaps a lurking touch of oats.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (8125) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Tap. Pours clear reddish amber, small creamy beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is faint herbal, cedar, caramel. Flavor is same, baseball and woody. Medium boss

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Clear dark amber color witrh fleeting ivory foam. Dry caramel, tea leaf aromas. Medium body with soft co2. Lightly sweet spicy caramel flavors with some black tea leaf, drying cardboard finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Pours a hazy brown color with some indistinct sweet aromas immediately noticeable. A little nutty and toasty with a very strong alcohol flavor. The faintest bitterness lingers afterwards.

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