tennisjoel (1401) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Ira for picking this up while you were in Boulder. This beer has a strong grapefruit and pine aroma. Nice, I could smell this all day. A reddish orange body with a tight bubbled creamy head with excellent lacing noted. I also detect some caramel malts in the nose. Flavor is not as hoppy and more malt forward, but regardless this is a very well balanced brew. I’m thinking this is why it is categorized as an American strong ale vs. IIPA. RIP Gordon Knight, they made a nice brew for you. One last note...did I detect some mint?? in the finish.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I drink this brew in tribute to the late Gordon Knight. In addition to opening some of Colorado’s first microbreweries, Knight was a Vietnam vet, grade-A citizen, and huge promoter of craft beer. He lost his life in 2002 while fighting a wild fire outside of Lyons, Colorado. Cheers to you Gordon. Pours a brilliant redish/orange with a huge frothy dirty white head. The aroma is hops, raisin, bready malt, and pine/herbal hops. The flavor doesn’t quite match up to the robustness of the aroma. Some herbal hop flavor going on with some earth notes. Pine and metallic notes make up the finish. The mouthfeel is a little sticky with some alcohol warming. Body is solid. Good hop character all around.
auerbrau (3204) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Flowery white pepper and chamomile aroma, with fragrant hop juice and wisping salts. Pours a lightly clouded golden, darkish, with soapy foam in ivory. Flavor dominated by a singing catty Simcoe hop presence, unpleasent. Very cat, lemon, urine like. However, the hops are clean, clear and well-defined. And the beer hides it’s alcohol deftly and with good higher alcohol support of the beer. It finishes clean and feels light and heavily drinkable. However, this particular hop character is not particularly pleasing to me.
drpimento (3280) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2007
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is decadently delicious! my gawd. Had it this evening at the Bodega Brew Pub dowtown La Crosse, Wisconsin. Be nifty if they’d put this on draft also like their others. Very hoppy of course but so perfectly balanced and matched to the rest of the beers character. Some of the beer styles here are confusing so I won’t dwell on that suffice to say this is Miiiiiiiiiiiiiighty Fiiiiiiiiiiiine brew. Oh yes.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2007 12 oz can. Darker reddish-amber color with big off-white head. Aroma is dominated by big piney hops. Taste is somewhat sweet with very bready malts balancing gently with piney-herbal hops. A bit thinner than expected. It could be my imagination, but I do detect just a hint of metal in the aftertaste - I guess I’ll have to try this on tap. Definitely the best canned beer I’ve ever had. I’m just a bit confused as this beer was originally under the DIIPA category if I remember right. Like Troegs Nugget Nectar, it calls itself "Imperial Amber", and I have to say its similar in many ways, but doesn’t quite match the superior NN in my opinion. Still pretty happy Oskar Blues cans and widely distributes this one though..........RE RATE FROM DRAFT - METALLIC TASTE GOES AWAY AND QUALITY GOES UP. STILL HAPPY TO HAVE CANS AVAILABLE.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My new favorite canned beer! A lovely warm clear amber with an offwhite head, thin. The nose is rather ridiculous. Big nasty herbal resin. The nose has some malt, but it just barely matches the herbal green hops. Full and rich in the mouth, creamy and a bit sticky. Really very nice. The flavor are unfortunately a cut below the aroma, but mostly because this beer is so out of balance it isn’t even funny. But it still is delicious. Creamy green hop resin with a bit of sweet light malt. This malt would need to be so round and sweet and cloying to balance the fresh resinous piney tones here that it would probably not really be all that drinkable, so it’s a double edged sword. It’s not that this beer is bitter, or for that matter hoppy. It’s that the hops that are here (in abundance) taste and smell exceedingly fresh. There’s a little diacetyl in the finish, but I won’t hold that against it as the aftertaste becomes big with lingering hop resin shortly thereafter, and in a rather clean way. As this warms, it loses its balance more so, getting more boozy and less malty. Still a great brew.
Tmoney99 (13896) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from Broudy’s Liquor. Poured dark amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate balanced caramel malt and spruce hoppy aroma with a small alcohol tone. Medium to full body with slick texture. Heavy balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a standout brew.
Palidor19 (3171) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic, the aroma is deep Mahogany amber with smell of wood, and strong earth style hops. the malts shows real character with the taste of caramel and the mouth feel. Alcohol is well covered.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Capone’s. Amber body with nice size head. Very hoppy aroma. Taste was syrupy and sweet, cherry hovering a little bit in there. Had a nice bite to it, decent carbonation. How is this not an IIPA?
pforei (338) - USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 Can. Trappist Glass. Red amber color, decent head. Aroma of strong citrus (grapefruit) hops with some caramel. The taste, however displays the malt, caramel and some fruit to go along with the citrus hops. Smooth body with a brominated vegetable oil coating of the palate. A strong hop monster that is balanced by malt and caramel.