canary dog (774) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 17, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 Rerate: I enjoy this type of beer more than I used to. I appreciate the extra malt kick to compliment the floral hoppy finish. I’m still a little nonplussed by the name, however. It’s more of an ESB-- because of the extra malt character-- than an IPA. One could also categorize this as an American strong ale, much like the nationally known Stone Arrogant Bastard, with which this local brew compares admirably. A fine beer, and it definitely hides the 8% kick. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Pours a translucent, rusty orange with a spotty, white head that left sediment on the sides of the glass. First sniff is heavy citrus, heavy on the lemons which then melts into a pine aroma. Very hoppy to say the least. Flavor is very heavy citrus, grapefruit and lemon. Heavy pine flavor as well. Heavy mouthfeel, heavy lasting bitterness. Could probably use more malt or sweetness to balance it out. Average for an IIPA. LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2007
Cold 22oz bottle: Pours a cloudy sediment filled dark orange color with a small light tan bubbly head. Aroma is of pine, citrus, spice and alcohol notes. Taste is of roasted malts and well blended earthy hops with notes of coffee, chocolate and spice. Full bodied and smooth with ample carbonation. Quite bitter and astringent. Ending is of roasted malts and caramel notes with some alcohol burn. Thank You, DirtyMike! Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2009 Bottle: Cloudy orange with a large white head, spicy pine citrus hops with some alcohol notes, big chewy body with a juicy mouthfeel, starts and ends bitter with a long slightly sweet ending. Thanks dirtymike! hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2007
bomber split two ways. Amber in color, lightly hazy. Aroma is citrus, pine, light vanilla, and caramel. Taste is citrus and piney, lightly earthy, light notes of vanilla, a very solid malt backbone, with a moderately bitter finish. Thanks Mike.
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2007
[bottle] Pours a clear, dark copper color, with a chunky off-white head. Nice citrus hop aroma, very fresh and grassy. Nice flavors, certainly a showcase for the hops-- piney and spicy, with a malty foundation. Finishes with a metallic note; almost soapy. Overall a pretty nice beer, dispite the odd finish. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2007
On tap at McNeill’s brewery 1/3/07: Pours to a mostly clear orange-amber-copper colored body with a small white head. The aroma has plenty of aromatic hops - citrus, grapefruit, grass, fresh floral hops - almost like sticking your head into a bad of hop pellets, although it’s not quite assaulting the nose to the level of something like Pliney. The taste shows plenty of bitterness from the hops - citrus, grapefruit, light pine, more floral bitterness, some grass/plant, though it’s well done and the hops dominate both the aroma and flavor without completely destroying your senses after a few sips - something I don’t mind. There’s a bit of light caramel, bread crust, light malt flavors in there but this one is solidly focused on the hops. While it doesn’t taste as fresh and over the top as a Pliney or a west coast IIPA, it does have a very bright hop quality about it that still conveys plenty of bitterness and flavor. Light-medium bodied, medium carbonated, finished with extended floral/citrus hop flavors. This is a good one, at least on tap. DocLock (10702) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
This one pours turbid orangy coppery with aroma of heavy hops, some spicy florals, caramel malt. The flavor is a tad muddled, with the hops, florals, and spices, and caramel malt, but it all doesn’t quite go well together. Having said that, I’d never turn one of these down. muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2006
22 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington, VT consumed with difficulty at cellar temp from a Chouffe tulip. Bottle filled to ½ “ from top…little pop when opened....pours very dark, cloudy amber, smallish white bubbly head dies quickly, really nice lacing though, delicate and snowflake-y....
pleasant, soft aroma, cantaloupe/honey dew, apricots, very sweet, bit of maple perhaps, little acidity or hop presence though, certainly doesn’t make me think IIPA......sweet, candyish body, light burnt/smoky notes, no alcohol presence, somewhat acrid towards finish but hops are low, syrupy mouthfeel, quite yeasty......low carbonation, thick and rather fatiguing mouthfeel.....bitterness grows stronger with warmth but it’s a dry, dusty bitterness and it removes most of the nice fruitiness leaving a dessicated, dull hulk to finish.....here I was all set to write some immense tract about McNeills either losing their way and just getting horrible with their infected bottles, or the miracle of a brewer I had given up for dead coming up with a new unlooked for masterpiece, but alas I just get...mediocrity.