egajdzis (6613) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Poured a hazy reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, tons of sweet malts, and some floral hops. Taste of pine and resin (reminded me of a double IPA), light citrus, sweet caramel malts, with grapefruit and alcohol in the finish. Full on chewy mouthfeel. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2006
On tap in Solana Beach. Deep hazy bronze with a healthy off-white foam. Intense hop aromas of grass, citrus and flowers. Flavours are dominated by hops and more hops. Citrus and flowers flavours. Surprisingly more light-weight than expected. To me this was more like a double IPA than a barley wine. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Enjoyed in my La Chouffe tulip: 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Pours a beautiful crimson hue topped by a thick foamy head and excellent lace. The nose has two distinct characters, one is piney juicy hops and the other is a sharp rye vapor. Additionally there is some caramel and a touch of phenolic snap.
The flavor profile is initially a sharp PNW hop pine and citric overtone with a rye bread and light sweet malt background. The finish is very dry and metallic with a lingering bitter quality. Noticed a underlying earthy and woody-like note as well to the palate, even some anise spice undertone sneeking about .
The palate is not for the weak, it is sharp and biting with lots of rye and hop snap, refreshing once you get use to it.
I found myself perplexed by this brew, some moments I really dug the attack of rye and hops but then there were moments I wish it would mellow out and let some sweetness follow.
Overall, I would call this a success and something I would easily try again.
Tap at Solana Beach PP. The beer pours to a reddish brown body with a white head and nice lacing. The aroma is citrusy. Deliciously juicy hops. The flavor is very citrusy. Malty. Delicious rye and malt. Nice barleywine characteristics. The palate is medium-full bodied, creamy, delicious. MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2006
Copper body w/ a full offwhite head well laced. Aroma is fresh pine hop some roasty notes of grains and hints of a sweet chunk as well. Full palate creamy well coated and full. Fresh grass & citrus hop flavor w/ a full carmel malt back and a lingering dry bitter tongue. Very good stuff.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap in Solana Beach. Awesome, mahogany reddish coloring with some slight haziness and a small, fizzy wisp of a head. Very hoppy aroma of freshly cut pine boughs and chokecherry, along with fresh rye bread and a touch of roasted brown sugar. Thick, juicy aroma is overflowing with hops. Texture is thick and slightly sweet, but too overpowering on the hops for a barley wine, in my humble opinion. Quite a strong, hoppy finish of white cedar cones. Overall a tasty brew, but a bit too hoppy for the barley wine style. jazz88 (2680) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2006
Tap @ Toronado Barley Wine Festival. A dark reddish brown color. Clearly has a dry rye flavor, bitter but with a touch of sweetneess and a hint of dark fruit and a strong pine finish. marcus (10326) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 23, 2006
On tap at Toronado. This dark brown ale poured with a short tan head, eliciting a very odd naphtha-like aroma. However, the flavor was very well-balanced with a hoppy finish. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
(Draft: Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA) Barley Wine? Double IPA? Imperial Red? Hard to tell these days, and this one is on the border (if there really is a border). Jeff is calling this a barley wine, and that was probably the intended style, but the end result doesn’t fit neatly into that category either. Whatever style it is, it’s minimally sweet, dry, and lightly roasty, with strong bitter hoppiness of pine and some citrus. I find the concoction to be reminiscent of unsweetened tea. Dark grain flavor in the finish, presumably the rye, but not really showing much spiciness either. The initial aroma is of light grapefruit and strong pine, but after 15-20 minutes, the grapefruit fades away and it’s now more vegetal smelling. Medium-full body doesn’t thin out in the finish, maintaining a substantial mouthfeel for the entire session. The crisp, dry hoppiness and moderate carbonation keep the palate lively. Dark ruddy amber color is fairly clear. The half-inch off-white head settles to a filmy layer, leaving a dense, moth-eaten curtain on the glass. Whatever style this is, I’ve had it twice now, so it’s a pretty good beer but not so good that I’d go out of my way to stop in for a pint of it. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Pours with a deep red body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s sweet and malty yet perfectly balanced with piney, grapefruity hops. A nice caramel note shows through as well. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.