brokensail (16432) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
A: The pour is a rich copper color with two fingers of white foam that quickly dissipates. Sadly, this is the best feature of the beer.
S: Some slight pine to the aroma and quite a bit of malt. Disappointingly mild citrus.
T: Much more malty than I would have hoped for/expected (more along the lines of a barleywine). I donít often use this descriptor, but itís very earthy--like dirt.
M: The body is medium but the carbonation is somewhat low.
D: This is another drain pour for me, I just couldnít get overly the incredibly earthy taste of this beer. Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2010
A caramel color beer with a nice head. The aroma is sweet. The taste is sweet up front with the bitterness coming in the last half preventing any sweetness at the end of the taste. There was virtually no hop aromas in this or much in the taste department which made it taste like a barleywine. Note- this beer was sampled in Texas & most likely by the time it hit the shelves had lost almost all of itís hoppiness. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Lots of head. Aroma is sweet with hops, alcohol, a little caramel and butter. Taste is kinda mild but mostly sweet hops. A little alcohol on the finish. Cavie (4651) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Hazy amber pour with quite a healthy off-white head. Smell is of sweet and strong hops. Strength is noteable on the nose. Taste is very sticky indeed. Taste is sweet hops with a bit of a tart kick. Dry finish. Very dry. jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Reviewed 12/4/2009 (bottle):
Pours a clear golden red brown color body, with a big frothy whitish color head, lasting. Very hoppy aroma, lots of citrus and dryness. Grapefruit, some pine but more sweet grapefruit than dry pine. Pine and citrus flavor, nuttiness. Very balanced, very tasty. Some dryness and grapefruitiness too. Somewhat watery, dry. Not too complex, but satisfying, very pale aleish with some hoppiness, but not much bitterness. Easily hides the 9.1% ABV.
jzzbassman (1615) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Pours a copper brown with a tan head. Big coniferous aroma which leads one to expect a bigger hop punch than it delivers. Very malty, with toffee, citrus, and more alcohol than hop bite. SudsMcDuff (8382) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Hey Look at Me! i have lots of extra money and a mr beer kit, now iíve read that IIPAís are popular, iím going to brew an IIPA, give it a wicked name and sell it.. oh but wait, it fuckin sucks and is starting to turn after only weeks on the shelf. haha, fuck you you bought it anyways... -ReaperAleís Brewmaster tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Secret Santa 09. Pours a murky brownish orange with a dense and sticky white head. The nose reminds be of a candy dish with candied oranges and toffee candies. Big sticky wet hops. The flavor is quite a bit more on the pine side of the house. Abrasive hops with a good bready finish. Medium body and somewhat slick and oily. Tasty stuff. kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Very cloudy amber ale that pours with a generous 2 inch taupe head. Malty aroma with an English character. Superb lacing. Super smooth taste. Nice flavorful hop bouquet. This ale could be very problematic, as it is entirely t easy to drink. Full bodied character without being to heavy. Makes a nice meal replacement. Finishes so smooth you forgot it. fiulijn (20370) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2009
Hazy amber color; creamy head. It has a resiny hop aroma, not too strong, actually much less than most IPAs. The caramel and toffee flavor is quite chewy, it has surly a strong bitterness, quite resiny, but also a bit dusty. Itís powerful, but there is nothing impressive here, the hop doesnít give the necessary quality.