hotstuff (4921) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated on 11-25-2009 at Mad Anthony B.C. in Fort Wayne, IN. This draft beer forms a small off-white head with a long retention, hazy golden body, no visible carbonation, and excellent lacing. The Aroma is in your face citrus and pine hops. The Taste mimics the Aroma plus a good dose of bitterness. The Palate is smooth and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is a hopheads delight which surprises me that I enjoyed drinking/rating this beer as I am not a hophead by any means. That being said, this beer is very, very hoppy tasting, has a smooth texture and a lingering hoppy aftertaste. A very tasty beer by my hometown brewery!
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft: Just tapped today at the brewpub...pours a hazy orange/bronze with a medium-sized white head with decent retention and lacing. I was pretty geeked to try this initially until I actually dived into it. Nose was incredibly bland and almost nonexistent regardless of when it was first poured or as it started to warm...some notes of light citrus were noted along with some pine and some earthiness. Medium bodied...the flavor on this is what does it in. Starts out fairly dry and bitter with some very light citrus apparent but quickly melds in to a vegetal mess...very off-putting onion flavor resides at the forefront and completely destroys this brew. I truly wanted to like this and Iím sure the MA fanboys, if there are any, will go crazy over this "new hop-bomb" but it ultimately was a letdown.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Brilliant copper pour with lasting white foamy head. Pine/citrus aromas with a touch of caramel. Big hop bite on initial taste. Hops are a little overpowering, NOT a bad thing. The malt is a bit hard to pull out, but there seems to be a bit of balance. A bit soapy. Mouthfeel is medium/full. Good carbonation, nice tingling sensation on the way down. A bit of residual sweetness for the style, not as dry as I would expect but not objectionable. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Be warned, your palate will be shot for a bit after this one due to the hops. Nice beer, and Cheers to the MadBrew Crew.
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at the brewpub - Did we have the same beer? Or am I just a big MA fanboy? hah, no on the latter... Iíve given MA beers a wide variety of ratings. At any rate, I really like this one. Pours hazy copper with a one finger off-white head that laces nicely. It has a big aroma thatís all hops with citrus and floral characteristics. Loved it. As for the flavor, itís definitely a hop bomb so if big hops arenít your thing, stay clear. Thereís some citrus flavor and maybe a touch of earthiness. The malt is subdued but is enough to smooth things out so that itís intensely hoppy but not harsh. Thereís a long, bitter hop finish. Excellent brew.
thedm (5947) - Fredonia, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew poured a small sized head of foamy off white colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a softly carbonated transparent dark golden red brown colored body that left behind a fair lacing. The palate is strong yet amazingly smooth with a strong hop flavor and a good caramel malt backing. The mouth feel is strongly tingly from start to finish. The aroma was mellow with hoppy notes. This is an extremely good brew with the only weak point being itís aroma. My hat is off to Todd for this fantastic brew. And Bdigital is way off the mark on this one.