italarican (1551) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2014
On tap at Pisgah during RBWG. Dark amber pour. Fairly resinous with a bit of caramel. A touch of medicinal cough syrup notes, although not as bad as that sounds. Definite pine and spruce in the finish. Not much other hop stuff going on. Quick fading finish that falls a bit flat. Past its prime. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle. Pours an orange body with a white head. Strong astringent hop aroma with a paper citrus character and a herbal earthiness. Very soapy this is likely the victim of heat or light. Eh. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 15, 2010
(RBWG, 22oz bottle on the Tampa bus) Murky amber body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, mango, some pineapple, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, pine, grapefruit, alcohol. Resiny medium-full body. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Cloudy deep amber/mahogany color. One finger of creamy beige head with below average retention and moderate amounts of lacing.
4.0 S: I think this is supposed to be a DIPA, but it’s listed as an American Strong, which is exactly what it smells like (or perhaps an American Barleywine). The strongest aromas is caramel and there is a lot of it. Next, there are orange and pine hops. The non-crystal malts come off as bready with some yeastiness in there as well.
3.5 T: Taste pretty much puts this beer into American Barleywine territory. There’s a healthy bitter backbone in this, but not a whole lot of hop flavor. This is reminiscent of fresh Old Ruffian. Anyway, plenty of caramel with biscuity malts to accompany. Hops are again dominantly piney with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.
3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be creamier.
3.5 D: This is an okay beer, but it fails to deliver what it promises. It just isn’t that hoppy in terms of hop flavor. That’s not much of a problem, but it also wasn’t that great of an American Strong or American B-wine. Worth a try, but not another round due to price.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-07-2010 04:38:16 jackl (8092) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Keg @ Pisgah during RBWG, Asheville. Amber pour with a small head. Toasted coconut ,honey and jasmine. Some cantaloupe. Peach and nectarine fruit flavor. Cereal grains. Crisp. Light body, soft carbonation. Serviceable, uninteresting.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Draft @ Barley’s in Asheville. Nice pour with orange color. Not much going on here. Almost taste as if an old keg. Minimal hop in the nose and in the taste. drowland (8770) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sampled at RBWG 2010. A nice orange pour with a good off-white head. The aroma is soapy hotness with some oxidized sweetness. The flavor is extremely bitter but not necessarily hoppy, almost more like an old ale that’s pretty hoppy. cwalexander1 (14) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2011
2009 Batch was the shit. big malty dry (not sweet) hoppy . well balanced really all around great beer
2010 batch not the same beer at all bubblegum, butterscotch, caramel, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium bitterness, not enough hop to back up the sweetness would love to re-rate this beer when I open one from the cellar! DiarmaidBHK (4936) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle from Appalachian Vintner. Pours dark, dark orange with very little head. A bit of alcohol and pine on the nose. Fairly bitter on the tongue without a ton of flavor. It’s big but I’m not feeling it. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Not a great beer at all, not terrible, I wouldnt buy it again. I was expecting substantially more. triple ipa? tasted like a decent ipa.meh