BigBeer45 (1572) - Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bomber bottle from Michigan Brewing (no label), gave a hazy dark ruby pour that is brown at the edges and provides a good tan bubbled three finger head, medium effervescence in this brew, leaves medium lacing on the sides of the glass, aromas of citrus hops, toasted malt, faint yeast, light chocolate, dark bread and caramel, flavors of citrus hops, toasted malt with some dry caramel (little sweetness) and faint chocolate in the background, hops follow with every drink from the glass, mouth feel is good, a nice drink, alcohol appears hidden well in this beer, a nice drink. deyholla (12439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle from brewery. Poured brown with orange tint and a light brown head. Particles could be clearly seen floating in the beer. Aroma was full of spices and roasted malts. Flavor was well balanced between spices and malts but there was an awkward dry/ acidic finish. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Tap. Hazy iced tea colored pour with little head. Spicy, peppery, citrus nose with a good deal of caramel malt. Lots of fresh grapefruit flavor with some notes of pepper and red apples. Earthy caramel malt background with some pine on the finish. Medium body. Tastes like a nice American strong ale with a dose of rye. MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a medium brown with a thin but dense tan head. Has a fairly compelling nose to it... a bit of a spruce edge to the hoppiness, with a little bit of brown sugar and pineapple. The guy at the brewery called this a Rye IPA, which the aromas seem to back up. Flavor tails off a little bit... there is quite a bit of good things going on, but it lacks a little fullness and every now and again the alcohol peeks through with an unpleasant astringency. Still, that doesn’t seem to happen every sip, and when it doesn’t hit the palate unfortunately, it is very good. auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2009
22oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! Rich, grapefruit Cascade hop aroma. Fresh. There’s a slight back of faint malt, a little chewy. Pours a darker reddened amber, with a lacy khaki head. Flavor is crisp and clean, with general brown sugar character, some light almond toffee caramels, and a bit of nuttiness. Thinner than I would hope, with it washing out a little in terms of chewiness and thick sugars in the back. But, this is really clean, really fresh and really bright. A nice beer.
awaisanen (1310) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2009
From a 22oz Bottle. Courtesy of mibirder. Pours a hazy cedar bark brown color with a head of small bubbled ivory. Citrusy hop aromas of grapefruit peel and pine erupt from behind a mellow caramel malt base. Clean and nicely balanced between gentle caramel malt sweetness and pithy hops in the nose. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a soft, chalky texture. Flavors of caramel and toffee malt sweetness up front on the palate, followed by a wave of hop bitterness. Some crusty, lightly toasted bread qualities come out mid-palate. I’m not really picking up on any specific spice qualities, per se, but there is a very subtle bright spiciness that comes through in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Clean and enjoyable; perhaps more akin to an imperial brown ale than a winter spice beer, but that’s OK by me. Thanks, Sean! jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2008
on tap... ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2008
great hop aroma and flavor. pours hazy amber in color woth small white-ish head. very tasty beer, definately warms from the inside out....
On tap. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a smallish white head, decent lacing. Aroma is citrus, caramel, pine. Flavor is citrus, caramel, pine. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished nce and bitter. Good. Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Pours dark brown. Smells of fruit and spices. The flavor is strongly loaded with fruit. You can really taste the alcohol at the end. Dogbrick (13978) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
From a growler: This beer is a murky amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Slick spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet malt and spices. Medium-bodied with a nice contrast of sweet malt and molasses with spices and hops. The undertone of alcohol is present all along as well. The finish has a clove taste and leaves a lingering hoppy bite. Pretty good.