Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2006
2006 Boulder Strong Ale Fest: Deep red-brown; huge, frothy head. Weighty, smooth and rich on the tongue. Wonderful malts, with notes of sweet cereal, nutty grains, and aromatic rye. Doughy yeast hints. Hops just explode with pine and grapefruit, followed by a blast of citrus. Rather hot in the back of the throat, but I didn’t really mind. What a super tasty hop monster! 1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2006
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. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Thanks ot hopdog for sharing this hand bottled. Pours a hazy brown amber with an average tan bubbly lacing head. Wow...love the aroma on this one. Orange, pine, floral with some of the rye and caramel malt to balance. Flavor was a mix of the same with more of a bitterness in the tail. 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. egajdzis (6833) - 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.
hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Thanks to cquiroga for this sample. Poured a cloudy brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of rye, caramel, citrus, dough, and pine. Tastes of rye, caramel, oranges, dough, pine, and citrus. Rye is another quality in beer that I really like and the rye quality to this one was done just right. MIBRomeo (2579) - 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. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Thanks to hopdog for this hand filled bottle...
Pizza Port calls this a Barleywine.
Appears a hazy amber brown with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of hoppy citrus, pine, caramel, and rye.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is bitter, sweet, with an overkill on hops...could either use some aging, or some balance with more of that caramel malt.
Drinkability isn’t bad. Citrusy, piney, fun treat with a mild alcohol presence. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - 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. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2006 Enjoyed in my La Chouffe tulip:
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.