RSRIZZO (1972) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had this beer at the All Colorado Beer Fest on 11/10/2007. Aroma is wonderful, its full of fresh hops and a nice malt tone. Color is a deep brown with good carbonation and a some what thick tight head. Taste is rich and hoppy. Starting with a full body it goes down with a rich feel. Finish comes in with a sweet roasted malt flavor that is backed by a full hop flavor and mellow bitterness. This is one of the tastiest and well balanced beers I have had.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. can. Poured a perfect clear copper color into the tulip. An inch of head stuck around for awhile, leaving speckled lace on the sides of the glass. The scnet was piney hops, honey and carmel. Nice mix of hops and malt, with the piney, grassy hops slightly prevelant. A sticky mouthfeel and good mix of sweetness and bitterness on the palate. Excellent strong ale, a new favorite.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a nice coppery brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is hoppy, sweet, and maybe a bit grassy. Flavor had a nice hop bite to it with a smooth resin and sweet finish to it. I like this one. Nice beer!
Dhrjericho (66) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic hoppy beer with a nice malty touches. Given multiple cans at the Idaho Beer Festival in Idaho Falls in 2007 from Oskar Blues booth. Great guys...better beer.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2009 GABF 2006-Wonderful columbus aroma. Lovely. Taste is pure columbus goodness back by a caramelly, honeyish malt backing. Very tasty. Contained bitterness. Would make a dangerous session beer.
Hazy, dark orange/brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma is toasty malt, caramel, nutty, with citrus, floral, and resiny hops. Taste is malty and sweet, up front, with a nice amount of resinous, citrus and, to a lesser extent, piney hops in the finish. Moderate bitterness, a balanced IIPA? Very drinkable. Score will stay the same.
fonefan (46060) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Clear medium amber color with a average, frothy, good lacing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy hoppy, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, light malty, caramel. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (121007)
after4ever (7714) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz can. Pours deep rubied mahogany, crystal clear, with a thick, sudsy tan head and plenty of lace. Toasty herbal hop notes all over the nose. Surprisingly light body, even on the shy side of medium, I’d say. Light carb. Nutty, husky, brown bread notes all over the place, and, holy cow, is this beer ever sweet. Tons of caramel and toffee. I really wish this was in a bottle so I could put it away for a couple years; it’s not undrinkably sweet by any means but it’d be interesting to see what came out the other side if all this sugar got to take a couple years off before cracking the bottle. But it’s a can.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is amber with a white head. Nose is of hops and sweet malt. Taste is hoppy with a good sweet malt balance. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated with a sticky finish. Finish is bitter, though not overwhelming.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF. This is the only beer I’m rating from the festival, which I think was a big let down from last year, for the record. That said, this beer is great. Hops and good caramel malts, with some dark fruit mixed in. Lots of character. Clean, but sweet, flavor with a nice bitter finish. I like it.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smeared, dull, darkish orangey color with a magnificently large capping of slightly yellowed spongy, pocketed foam. The top sits forever and a day while encompassing the edge with a large blanketing of thick splotchy lacing.
Soft pleasing dark and rich aroma of slightly dried caramel malt, candish to a point, with a pinch of dried floral hoppiness, pine dust, and some dark fruity oils.
Nice well-rounded tone, flavor, and profile for a Dbl. IPA. Actually this is quite yummy with a good portion of medium fronted caramel candyness wrapped in a whirlwind of light dryishness, mild toasted grain, dark fruity raisin skin touches, and some floral hints and plenty of oily hoppynessa and pine hints with a titch of citrus-like pithy bitterenss to finish it off.
Feel is quite smooth, rich, creamy, oily, with just the right kind of buzz of dryness and bitterness flying about within the malty realm of ggodness. A soaking enrichment of caramel and slightly toasted malt fills the palate while the hops add some attractive qualities of dark flowery oils and citric pithy dryness.
A pleasantly unique and damn fine Dbl. IPA here. Nothing overwhemling here and at 8.7% makes it low on the scale of ABV for a beer that tastes as big as this. Amazingly cool that something this good comes from a can. Maybe a few places could learn from such a trend? Hmmm...