muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2006
22 oz bottle from Julios Liquors in Westborough, MA (Feb 2006), no date on the bottle. At cellar temperature sampled from a La Chouffe tulip, it pours a rustic dark apricot, with thick viscous lasting foam and lacing.....lovely if somewhat typical big PNW hop aroma, very fresh and lively, apricots and citrus (mandarin orange), and beautiful touches of wet oaky vanilla, hits my personal hop-nose button dead on.....hard-charging, initially very bitter flavor is countered fairly quickly by soft, lightly syrupy caramel & vanilla and apricot juiciness....there is just a touch of flatness and cardboardy character in the body, not enough to ruin things but perhaps an indicator that this isn’t as fresh as the nose indicates.....in the finish, light oiliness, a bit of peppery alcohol, and dry piney, slightly charred bitterness. Nicely done though not quite exceptional. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2006
On tap @ Brew Kettle 11/14/05: Medium deep amber w/ a lasting medium off white head. Piney and citrusy grapefruit hop aromas up front. Caramel and nutty malt undertones when it gets warm. Piney hops also more prevalent as it warms; very little toasty malt. Well balanced flavor w/ a lighly citrusy hop bite @ first, but finishes bitter and lingers well into the aftertaste. A bit resiny in the hop flavor into the finish as well. Light toasty malt flavor as it warms, but dominated by hops. Hints of caramel, and fruitiness is all about the citrusy grapefruit hops. Dry m/f, borderline astringent, medium body, well hidden alc. Another run of the mill IPA dominated by hops. Not bad but not great! MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2006
Keg @ Oliver Twist, Stockholmkrisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Smell and taste of sweet oranges and blood grapefruit. Quite hoppy and bitter. Slightly milky with an alcoholic undertone. Plenty of carbon dioxide that produces plenty of pleasantly hoppy burps...
when i see the color orange occurring this brilliantly-- as it does upon armed dolts in a forest during hunting season--of course revulsion is the natural response, but here this hue of school bus orange is as at home as when it’s splashed across a winter western sky. it’s all the more impressive with it’s lofty rotunda of foam. gossamer lace tracks every swirl, and only ebb with the reluctance of a sweet and vivid dream. i wish more beers would announce their hop varietals like this, then perhaps eventually i could get a handle on telling them apart. so these are ’warrior’ hops. huh. whattaya know? i couldn’t tell a warrior hop from a gay librarian hop, but if they say so, i can report that these warriors are both pleasantly fragrant and bitter. i get mandarin and green pear, with a slight eucalyptus scent, and way further down, the best that the malts can offer by way of conversation are some vague thoughts about dry grass. alas the feel is a bit watery, so an apricot and zest effect, along with substantial bitterness-- and lingering still, praise bacchus, is that great foamy head-- that’s what i’m going to remember. Svesse (8942) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2013 (Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Dark orange-red colour, some head. Smell and taste is dominated by the very fresh hoppy character. Underneath all the hops there are hints of dark chocolate, cherries and red grape fruit. But the hops is what stays with you. Nice and drinkable IPA. (6/4/8/4/16=3.8). Rerate: (Draught at Oliver Twist, Stockholm, 9 Dec 2013. 7.6%) Reddish amber colour with brief head. Malty, hoppy nose with black-currant, orange peel, pink grapefruit, toffee and a touch of chocolate. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, black-currant, orange peel, pink grapefruit, a touch of toffee, chocolate and a generous resinous bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with balanced sweetness. Very tasty with a lovely, fresh hop character. Excellent IPA.
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 Re-rate. This one deserves a new rating since the last one was written under chaotic circumstances at Oliver Twist a late Saturtday Night. New rating: Bottle. Pours out in a clear amber colour with a rich eruptive, frothy white head. Hoppy aroma of peaces, berries, grapefruit and orange-peels. Medium-bodied with a pleasant but not overdone hop-character of wet grass, nectarines, orange-peels and flowers.. Fairly clean mouthfeel. Hoppy and medium bitter long aftertaste of oranges, mango, nectarines, grapefruit and grass. Old rating:5/3/7/3/13 =3.1 Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2006
The beer after its pour from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets a resplendent clear deep orange color with a planetary sized creamy light tan head that ever so slowly erodes leaving a thick and clinging sheet of lace to surround the glass. Nose is chock full of hop floral aromas, sweet malt also present, citrus like in its crispness, a real make your mouth water nose, start is slightly sweet with a decent grain profile, the top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is adequately acidic, and the hops dynamic in their spicy bite, a nice drinking beer, with a slightly bitter and very dry aftertaste.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 21, 2006
I have two greek roomates. They both tried this and said it was, "Skata!" I don’t quite agree but it wasn’t worth what i paid for it. Beautiful beer. Soo attractive. Deep bronze. ROCKY head that lingers forever. Nose is very dry and bitter. Clean ale yeast. Grapey fruitiness behind it all. On the tongue this thing really stings. not at all as appealing as the aromas. A tinny, metallic edge runs down the backbone of this. Chalky, sweet malts and a dry hop bitterness. Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
IN the end this thing is just ok i won’t buy it again.
Fresh, Fresh, Fresh Fresh!!!!! wow, color is perfect, aroma is out of this world, and the flavor..... Fresh peaches, grapefruit, and clemetine jump right out of the glass. Just a spectacular brew, damn shame its only once a year. Do yourself a favor buy big, and don’t age this guy. MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2006
2005, 22oz bottle, with the smell of fresh pine and star fruit. Lovely light malt flavor in combination with the slightly harder hop bitterness. I would have guessed this is an APA, but that might be the wet-hopping. Honestly, the more I taste this, the more I can agree with it being fresh and mild. A fine brew.