jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Nice hop notes in the aroma. Amber color with a large white head. The flavors is a caramel sweetness with a nice bitter flavor. Dry palate with plenty of hop flavors. Really nice.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the pour into the trappist super strong grapefruit. The aroma is dominated by so much grapefruit, smells absolutely delicous, literally like you cut into a grapefruit. Some caramel is noticeable. Initial taste begins with that strong grapefruit and caramel sweetness. The dominance really brings this down to a one dimensional beer. Finish is still heavily hopped with great palate duration. Sticky with medium to full body. Good Head retention and some lacing of the glass.
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper color with a frothy head. Great citrusy piney hop aroma. Full bodied and smooth. Good flavor is caramel sweet at first then a nicely bitter hop taste to finish. Very tasty. 13107
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from the Publick House in Brookliine, Mass. Pours with a clear orange-amber body topped by a medium thick, off-white head with some lacing left behind. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a piney hop note and an underlying butterscotch note. Medium bodied, slightly warming and a touch dry.
DialSquare (4857) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2008 amber orange color with medium white head. Aroma of caramel and grapefruit hops. Flavor has some nice malts, alcohol and a nice bitter grassy finish.
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with nice off-white head. Really good lacing. Slightly hazy (would have given a 4 on appearance otherwise). Aroma has an aggressive hop bite to it. Very piney- like a christmas tree. Some floral and spiciness to it as well. Flavor has a great aggressive hoppiness to it that almost hides the alcohol. More pine. Good mouthfeel. Finishes clean. Really good! Yummy!
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Smelled like a really sweet IPA, lots of ruby red grapefruit on a solid caramel malt base, some pine in the background. Flavor nicely balanced, and where it becomes clearer that this is indeed an ASA. Had hints of the lighter Dale’s Pale Ale, just with more of everything, more hops, additional darker malts, nothing overpowering, but nicely blended, still goes down easy just like a Dale’s. Nice ASA.
Bov (12606) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of fiulijn; canned - hazy red-amber colour, fine beige foam; strong grapefruity aroma with litchies underneath; perfumy with peppery notes, sweeties-like; sticky and full-bodied, some initial sweetness followed by a powerful bitterness, moderately dry, malty and fruity finish with an alcohol touch
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy, amber, with a moderate head. Aroma is rather hoppy with a strange, undertone. Maybe some odd grain? I don’t know... kinda musky undertone there. Whatever. Not bad. Anyway, moderate mouth feel. Flavor is rather hoppy, but nothing overbearing. A pleasant maltiness balances it out pretty well. All around, very good beer.
malrubius (2832) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce can in Duvel glass. Clear red with lasting flat head and lace. Fresh hop aroma with slight alcohol evap. Caramel tobacco orange flavors with medium dry finishing bitterness. Medium-full body and medium carbo. Pretty good but not really that exciting. I guess I’m not into red ales that much. Alcohol nose is somewhat off-putting for a beer that’s only 8%.