obguthr (6367) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Aroma is heavy on butterscotch, with hints of lemon. Clear amber, medium yellow head. Flavor is more butterscotch, but to a lesser extent. Hay also detected. Finishes with floral grassy hops, pleasant amount of bitterness. Even with the diacetyl, this is a better beer than some I’ve had. TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Bottle. Amber bodied with a medium, foamy white head. Soft spicy rye atop citrus fruit, grapefruit juice and subtle pine. Taste is big citrus notes, pine, herbal hops, spicy hops, rye notes, sweet malt and a hint of caramel. Body is medium with a soft, dense carbonation. Lingering resinous and bitter hoppiness. Ends with more spicy hops, rye, citrus fruit, grapefruit juice, mild pine, herbal hops and sweet malt. TaktikMTL (7798) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2011
Bouteille de 22 oz achetée chez A Street Liquors (Hull, MA). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes avec une pointe de seigle et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est orangée légèrement voilée. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblons et de seigle. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #3681) Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2011
THOUGHTS: I just love Laughing Dog beers. This one was very nice. Great balance and a wonderful transition from sweet to bitter. The rye rally helped to balance thing out. It made it smooth and easy to drink. There was more ry in the flavor than in the aroma.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, light, golden orange with and average to large, off white head that mostly diminished and left thick, excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel; moderate to heavy citrus, tropical fruit and resin hops; lighter pine hops and slight rye. The initial flavor was moderate to rather sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was rather sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. There was caramel malt, citrus (grapefruit) hops; pine hops, orange, spicy rye, sort of a honey or nectar taste, tropical fruit, lots of fruity hops and more specifically pineapple. The medium body was syrupy, but a little oily and then fairly dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a dry and ever so slightly alcoholic finish. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Bottle pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Scent is piney then warms to citrus and bread. Taste is citrus and rye. Nice
oobawa (1418) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Not that pretty, but makes for one helluva rye beer. The rye makes its presence known immediately upon the nose, giving the aroma a citric tang that pairs well with the malt graininess. And, as big as the rye is in the smell, it comes through even more in the flavor. This beer rye-punches your uvula into submission, only then allowing the bitter, piney, citric hops to do their thing. The finish feels light; more carbonation would hide the watery texture. Still, this makes for a tasty bottle, rye done right. dchmela (3064) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2011
22oz bottle from Total Wine. Dark gold red pour with a thick white head. Nose has some citrus hop notes, caramel and spicy rye. Expecting more of a hop nose, maybe an old bottle? Taste is smooth malt, citrus hops and a bit of spice poking through, all balanced very well to make this an overall easy drink. Would love a fresher bottle. zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours yellowish-orange with a fizzy white head. Aroma of piney, grassy, and spicy hops with a touch of caramel malt sweetness. Very present hop flavor of fresh roses and pine needles with an equally present malt backbone. If there’s one complaint for me it’s too balanced. Still, this is an above average IPA. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Clear dark yellow with a foamy white head. Grain citrus caramel and light grassy hops aroma and taste. Smooth mouth feel and a clean crisp finish with perfume hops on the back end. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2011
22 oz. Bomber, randomly found. Opaque orange pour with big eggshell colored head. Aroma of rye, toasted and cereal malts, tropical fruit and melon. There is some bread and a bit of herbs. Flavor is spicy, apparent rye and fruit notes. Medium bitterness. Hop flavor is centered around the pine and resiny hop notes. Medium bodied. Pretty nice drink. Finishes nice and dry. Overall, a pretty good beer.