Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Fresh bottle. Pours a hazy, brooding, dark crimson color with a thick, spongy head of khaki colored foam. Sticky clumps and tattered ribbons of lacing cling to the glass. The nose shows off a heapng helping of English toffee, darkly toasted biscuit, and nearly burnt caramel. It’s not all sweet and toasty, though, as a healthy dose of sticky, resinous pine hops comes charging through, balancing things out nicely. There’s a tinge of dank cannabis as well. The flavor mirrors the aroma, big on both dark toffee and bitter pine resin, with hints of ruby grapefruit. Substantially bodied, with lightly peppery carbonation, the palate is unabashedly sticky and resinous. This one reminds me alot of Oskar Blues Gordon, only slightly more dank and resinous. Very good brew, but get to it fresh as it will undoubtedly drop off fast. LilBeerDoctor (4277) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Draft at ACBF09. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and sweaty, grassy hops. Flavor of sweet caramel malt with bitter hops and a sweet finish. Pretty good although a touch sweet.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) 19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Powerful rich malt backbone - bready base with caramel notes and a staggeringly varied profile that is smooth and hearty. Balanced well with a nice hop lineup. Floral with a sharp citrus kick and pine component. spikester (606) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Cloudy brown with a large two finger head and very well laced. Aroma is brown sugar. Taste is strong bitter hops and semi sweet cocoa. I did not detect the high abv except in the after effects. Very drinkable and smooth. Hard to believe this would be classed as an American Amber. Maybe an Imperial Amber! IBUs must be at least a 60. redlight (2325) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2009
bottle @ redlight redlight. Big hoppy nose, sticky, piney, with loads of caramel behind it. Pours an amber red with a thin white head that disipates. Big citrus hop flavor with loads of caramel malts to balance it out, also slight hints of sticky pine, there is a lot going on, an ipa with a big malt kick, very well balanced in flavor.
hayduke (5742) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 10, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 Got this in a four pack yesterday from my local NorthCoast Coop. The 12 bottle poured a muddy brown that changes to a cranberry red with with a very foamy tan head with large bubbles that left thick lacing rings as it slowly settled. Nose is malty and full of complex hop aromas showing flowers, citrus, and pine. Smooth and slick mouthfeel. The flavor is actually mild for all those various nuances, and the finish is bitter. This is a very interesting and somewhat unique brew, and like its predecessor, Serious Madness, shows some very creative brewing. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Earlier Rating: 9/6/2008 Total Score: 3.6
Now this is good stuff. While titled an IPA, this appears to be an American Strong Ale. Poured a rich and hazy orange-brown color with slightly off-white head. Good lacing. Big nose of fruits and flowers. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Flavors are kind of reminiscent of a Red, and the finish is nicely bitter. This is supposed to show up at the Brewpub in Blue Lake soon. Actual name is Hop Whompus. A correction has been sent.
Nice a copper red with a creamy off white head. Big caramel molasses and hippy aroma and taste with a grainy finish.