auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2007
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 (3572) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2007
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
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
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 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2007
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 (3186) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2007
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
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
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. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 Rerate. When did they change this to an American Strong Ale? This 12oz can is painted (and says 8.7%). Pours a clear copper with a one finger beige head that fades to a creamy film in a minute or two. Pine, grapefruit, spicy hops, and a thick scorched caramel, almost toffee backbone--check that, I have now decided there’s toffee. I do get a touch of alcohol and some toasted malts. Flavor has an added herbal character, and wasn’t as intense with the bitterness as I’d expected from the aroma. Bitterness peaks at a 4 out of 10. The nice toasted malt and scorched toffee meld well overall with the "subtle" hops--if you can really call it that. Full creamy body with soft light to moderate carbonation. I did enjoy this can better than the previous one. Old rating follows12oz can from Paul (Dickinsonbeer), big thanks! This was a plain can with a sticker label. Pours a clear dark orange copper with a one finger creamy light beige head. Aroma of piney resiny hops, some toasted and caramel malts with a hint of toffee and vanilla. Flavor is a little more toasty and resiny, with all the other aromas poking up in the background. Moderate bitterness at best. Semidry finish. The alcohol is very well covered, and it should be noted that my can places this beer at 9.2%, not the 8.7 that is listed on the site. Low carbonation, full body. Gauging from the way the hops are, I don’t think this is the freshest. Nonetheless, it seems to be aging good so far. 8-4-7-4-14--3.7 blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
Can shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear amber with an average size diminishing off-white head. Nice aroma of resiny hops and burnt caramel malt -- interesting! Flavour’s a more subtle version of the aroma with caramel malt and resiny hops. Alcohol’s well hidden. Medium bodied. Very good -- and from a can even!!