Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2008
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
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 (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2008
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
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 (2896) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 27, 2008
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%.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Can. Pours cloudy amber with a medium off white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel and spice. Taste is more malt than hop, caramel seems to dominate, some candy sweetness. Medium body, oily texture. Not much bitterness in the finish. Decent strong ale. beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 24, 2008
Can courtesy of jayg. Pours a cloudy amber color with a thick offwhite head. Very interesting aroma of peppermint, spices and fruity hops. Very good flavor of dark malt, burnt caramel, hops and peppermint with a bitter finish. The body is medium and oily, the carbonation is moderate. I like this beer a lot, it makes me think of Nøgne Ø Batch 100. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Pours with a great big thick sticky head that loves to linger. Smells of hops and citrus. Big hop and citrus taste with a oily texture. Best canned beer i’ve ever had. 45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Oskar Blues Gordon is a great hoppy American beer. I can’t believe that this beer came from a can BREWMUSKCLES (2686) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2008
yes indeed a hybrid and grapefruit hop brew that is aggressive a bit harsh and befitting of an american strong ale. the beer settles somewhat and a malty and expected broomstraw dimension arrives with a smoothing and settling carbonation. a ballsey brew that has it’s place in the bitter hearts of us all!