thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle from Total Wine in Tustin. This was in the refrigerator and I’d not noticed this beer before picking it up and I’m in this store weekly thus I assume it is as fresh as it is going to be. Pours a very deep golden red with very little head. (The warnings sound.) Smell in the glass is of heavy malts, butter and a boozy mess. This is where the positives stop. The taste was a complete malt bomb with rye malts WAY ahead of any hops and bitter. While a tiny amount of piny hop bitter was apparent near the middle it soon faded to more malt. Overall I was extremely disappointed and would never recommend this beer. I at first gave it the benefit of the doubt that it was old but having looked at other reviews and consulted friends I’m confident that this beer is what the brewers intended it to be. Sad. brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.
S: Horrible, horrible nose. Butter and booze are prominent and there is a ton of sweetness in the form of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Some piney hops and a bit of an herbal note to it as well.
T: The flavor starts off with a moderate bitterness from the piney hops and some citrus peel. But, there is a lot of butter and sweet caramel and toffee.
M: Medium to full in body with a medium carbonation.
O: Just too buttery and sweet...blech. ChainGangGuy (4918) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2011 12 ounce bottle - $2.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Appearance: Pours an obscured, dark orange-amber body with a finger of shimmering, faintly yellowed froth. Light, random lacing, like white blood spray.
Smell: Light toast, light caramel, a bit more sweetish honey crisps, with zesty, punchy hop notes of lemon, grapefruit, and fresh-cut flowers. Also some noted sniffs of distilled spirits scalding the nose.
Taste: Sweet, sticky caramel ice cream topping with notions of wildflower honey and lightly toasted rye bread sans crusts. The toothsome sweetness yields to lemon and grapefruit and tangelos, but the sweetness doesn’t exactly depart the scene, giving way to an impression of candied citrus peels. Nice bit of earthy rye lurking in there. Plenty of bitterness, though it’s got to contend with plenty of sweetness and alcohol. A shot of resinous pine helps to cut through the sugars though, as does the edgy booze. Noticeably alcoholic heat on the bittersweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Some slight stickiness involved that’s not quite cut away by the suds and booze.
Overall: A bit boozy, sure, but at 10% ABV what are you gonna do, you know? You’ve got some sticky honeyish malts, some floral, citrusy hops, and a dash of rye. While I did enjoy this one, I could see some strict hopheads feeling this one’s a bit too malt-forward.
bottled. Lightly cooper ale w/ white head. Sweet nose that lingers hops. Taste is intensely bitter but overly "balanced" by malts and the sweet mead like finish (the honey). Nice & fun. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle; poured a rich looking auburn-amber color, small to medium head. Nice coloring. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, pine, earth, caramel, fruit and alcohol. Robus flavor. Pine, citrus, and grapefruit; caramel, fruit and alcohol as well. Flavor is quite strong up front. Alcohol and hops/malt are fairly balanced. A very nice beer for the pricetag.
JediMindTricks (446) - Remington, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral, citrus and some toasted caramel. Taste of citrus, pine, caramel, and some breadiness.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2011
12 oz bottle. pours a deep orange with a 1 finger off white head. lots of sweet malt in the nose with some sticky resinous citrus hop notes. rye, bread and caramel come forward as well. medium to thick body - really chewy. loaded with hops. the Simcoe comes forward a bit followed by the deep rye and sweet malt tones. very well balanced IIPA, if not a bit more towards the malts. pretty smooth throughout with peaks of citrus. smooth finish with the bitterness really coming forward letting the malts take a back seat. kind of a barley wine / IIPA hybrid.... it could fall on either side. pumpmaster (1429) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2011
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $2.79 Very good! SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 7, 2011
Bottle hooked up by phaleslu. Pours a dark. Amber with a frothy beige head. Notes of sweet tangerine and pine floral hops. Touch of booze. Toast. Warming. Drinkable. Booze has a strong presence, but is tasty. Nice beer. Hoppy light barleywine. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2011
22 oz. bomber. Pours a deep red color with a light tan head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange peel, tropical fruit, light caramel. One of the fruitiest smelling DIPA’s I’ve had in a while. Flavor of grapefruit, light grape skins as well. Citrus, and honey. Mild sweetness easily defeated by the significantly stronger bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Finishes sweet and bitter. Pretty great DIPA. I enjoyed this one.