NachlamSie (3620) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Draught during my Great Lakes region brew tour. Rich dark amber beer with a white, frothy head. This has an aggressive hop aroma of pine, grapefruit which is balanced with caramel. This goes down semi-sticky. Notes of pine and lemon are in abundance. Biscuity notes keep a foundation throughout and are accompanied by a musty, leafy character. I’m thinking of that supposed "imperial red" style. michidan07 (22) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Big, fat, high-IBU beer. Reddish in color, great citrus on the nose. Reminiscent of Rogue’s Mogul Ale, with almost peaches in the smell. Alcohol lends itself well in the flavor. Very well balanced - more so than the IPA. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. First impressions of this amber/copper brew are the big IPA qualities of pine and citrus hops. Then come caramel malts along with traces of nuts and slightly sweet dried fruit. Only complaint is that the bitterness did not linger in the finish as I expected. Very solid and worthy of a trip to pub. BCAR (223) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Deep amber in color with a luminescent orange glow. Head is frothy ecru with much carbonation present. Nose is dominated by sweet floral hop aromas. Nicely balanced on the palate with a rich malty backbone. Maple syrup, nuts, and dried fruit are noticed as well as the large hop presence. Finishes beautifully with slight bitterness and warming alcohol. Kind of a super-charged DysfunctionAle by Piece. Very good. Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2006
Hazy amber with a thin, off-white head. A big, hoppy nose with definite undercurrents of caramelly malt. Big pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, sticky resin, caramel and chewy grain, some mint and licorice and some light sweetness seemingly of caramel and brown sugar. The body is nice and full with great carbonation. Small, tiny bubbles bring soft, full malts across the tongue. The sweet caramel, nuts, grains, chocolate, and brown sugar are balanced and then superceded by pungent, bitter hops reeking of citrus fruit and fresh pine. The alcohol warms slight and provides a nice relaxant after a long week. Maybe this will turn into a reglar offering, because it’s one of their better beers. Either way, it’s a pleasure to try.