Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Bottle, a messy hop head ale that left me rather unsure. Huge pine bitterness, sharp hop resins. Some fruity notes, citrus, apple, and pineapple notes that are short lived due to the hash bitter pine, spices, and caramel malty warming. A bit over the top.
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2009
22oz bottle-pours a rich light tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is sweet pineapple/resin hops, secondary medium malt. Taste is pineapple/resin hops, pepper/alcohol, secondry medium malt. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2009
A Mes rate. Bottle at home.benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Hazy amber with a off white film topping. So close to really enjoyable but there is a very clear soapy character that runs throughout. The hops are clearly good, I just dont think the blend sits together that well. I know there are things in here that I really like but itjust doesn’t sit right. The more I drink the better it gets certainly. The malt is really good and carries it well, the bitterness has excellent length, it’s just that soap. Sorry folks.
Nice hoppy ipa. had a cloudy amber color. It had a bunch of hops but was still pretty smooth. had hints of citrus. all in all nice double ipa Lubiere (13911) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
A hazy golden amber IPA with a beautiful frothy off white head. In aroma, bready hoppy and floral, pinhey, strawberry notes. In mouth, a nice doughy caramel malt with good restrained c-hops, well balanced, grapefruit notes, a bit of funk, and lighter than expected. Tasted Nov. 22 2009.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle Pours a hazy golden rod with a good white head. The head is foamy a deminishing. Has a mild hoppy aroma of grass, pine, and a charcoal like smell. Has good carbonation. A crisp clean flavor. Dencent mix of malts then a light hoppy kick. Well balanced. Has a medium body. A good mouthfeel. A watery to lightly oily texture. A soft finish with areall good aftertaste. This is a good drinking beer. SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2009
22oz brown glass pry-top with a sticker on the bottom that read Oct 2008.
Appearance: Medium amber/brown with an inch of sudsy white head that left a good amount of lacing on my oversized pilsner glass (Carlsberg).
Nose: Candied fruits and dried fruits all around: figs, oranges, ruby red grapefruit. Also, grapefruit zest, pine cone, and a little mossy/earthy note.
Palate: Big mouthfeel with caramel malt and bitter hops competing for first billing. The grapefruit is on the palate as well, some quick tropical notes, with some sweet lemon and a little thai lemon leaf/wet grass type taste. The finish is dry, bitter with a nice astringency.
Notes: The nose shows no signs of slowing down, but the freshness of the hops is starting to fall away from the palate, leaving just the bitterness aspect and some leafy flavors. It may be starting to show a little oxidative characters, but not to the beers detriment. A great big IPA and most assuredly worth the humble price. More body (more malt) than the Belvidere Big IPA they just released. The Belvidere is running lean and just to showcase the hops. This is a little more "balanced" if you can say that about a Double IPA. fredword1 (5) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2009 does not count
Pours a cloudy amber. Over balanced with hops, flavor rivals that of eating actual hops flowers. Hard to taste any subtle flavor notes here, but I enjoy hops, so I’m not going to complain too much.
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Loved this beer. Great hops, perfect taste, and awesome price. Need to fill my fridge up with these and Vermonsters. brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Pours murky amber with brownish hues. A quarter inch head of white fell quickly to reveal a few errant dots of lacework and a somewhat placid surface.
Aromatics are filled with pungent pine and grapefruit, with hints of peach, malt, and wet cardboard.
Medium bodied and crisp. Slightly syrupy with lightish carbonation.
An aggresive bitterness and earthy resins start the palate. Plenty of bark-like pine sap, with grapefruit zest and hop pellets.
Wet paper steps forward along with some warming alcohol, and plenty of roughish bitterness continues.
Finishes with lingering wet cardboard, oxidized hop pellets, and bitterly drying.
No bottle date found, but this ones not tasting too fresh and reaks of old pellets.
Some fresh, whole hops would make a world of difference.