UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - APR 20, 2007
Lots of hopps without much support. Tastes like the foundation for the hops got lost. Hops are great though. ClarkVV (6642) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 Draught pint at PP Carlsbad on 3/25/07nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 16, 2007
Lucid, slightly-bronzed pineapple colored body has a small, dense white head atop it and shows medium-high clarity, with moderate haziness and strong carbonation. Sticky lace is left behind as the beer recedes.
A big WHAP of hops hits the nose, somewhat juicy and with tropical fruit essences, but just intensely dry, piney and citric behind that. Itís fresh, very bold and sniffable, but the sweet caramel is held in check by the rye notes, which add some breadiness, light spice and pepper notes and the overall effect that the malt isnt really as balancing as it turns out to be in the flavor. Replete with yellow fruits (peach, nectarine, apricot, pineapple, mango), which forcefully come out upon warming, it tends to sweeten with warming as more of the base malt gradually oozes out. Light acidity/breadiness on the end, with strong grapefruit punchiness lingering, though some of the lively fruitiness lingers as well. Love the freshness and vibrancy of the hops in all of Pizza Portís beers, but sometimes itís just way too much, as I thought here. Alcohol is noticeable on the finish, lightly.
Before the palate can really take in any malt notes, itís confronted by strong pine-wintergreen and fruity (but very bitter) grapefruit. Pale and light medium malt sweetness seems to flare up for a second, adding a barage of sugars that further disorients the palate, but the rye dryness (almost a vague nuttiness) calms things down a bit and provides a fairly chewy texture for some of the bitterness/sweetness to sink in to. But the hop power is never really controlled and a burning acidity, matched with some alcohol dryness/heat makes it quite punishing on the end, as you get in to the glass. Warming/breathing dosent seem to do anything for it, as the alcohol just emerges more sharply on the end, and the malt sugars get slightly syrupy. Just too raw and over-the-top, I thought, despite the fact that the individual flavors were pretty enjoyable. I actually preferred this quite chilled, and while the carbonation was still quite tight at the start of the glass. Difficult to drink much of it.
Deep amber red with a thin white tan head. Very nice lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and slight fruit. Good balance of generous hops and malt. Pleasant length and finish. Great beer. Doctormirk (100) - USA - APR 11, 2007
Deep red with a slight haze. Thick lacing. Smells of sweet citrus. Tastes hugely of grapefruit. Some apricot. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
sampled on tap at the 5th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. iím surprised this is listed as a BW after tasting it. I think itís more of an american strong ale but whatever. nose has PNW hops, caramel. flavor is a little to hoppy with nice rye and caramel notes. a tasty beer indeed.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
draft at liarís. this was really good. barleywine? i guess maybe. iíd probably go with ASA. oh, i see the description includes that note. red, whatever. pretty close to Cain & Abel in aroma. hoppy and ryeish. more malty than that and way more rye. pretty balanced. well done. auto (163) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2007
smells like weed smells like some nice purp. dark colour a white head, pretty thin but a good flavour ends a nice weedy or some kind of vegetable, pretty good not bad y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007
tastes like i just drank a buncha nugz. sudzy, crispy and hoppy. this had mad dank in it. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Pours a hazy deep amber with a thin head and some sticky lace. Aroma is pungent and citrusy/pine and nice grapefruit and mango fruitiness. Caramel flavors, sticky, bready rye malt backbone with a hint of earth and spice, very bitter and tangy finish. Very smooth. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2007 I am almost positive this is living under the assumed name of "Doc Masonís RyePA" at Solana Beach. Pours a cloudy auburn with a tiny head that fizzles into an oily top. Decent lacing. Aroma is rye, caramel malt, and hops. Nice hop bite up front with a smoother rye and caramel back. Acidic and alcoholic finish.