Tmoney99 (14985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2013 Travlr (26131) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft. Hazy amber color, small white head. Aroma of caramel. Taste is similar.
Draft sample. Poureed hazy dark amber color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Flavor was moderate bittersweet flavor with an average bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
It pours a deep copper-red color, very clear. There is a creamy and slightly off-white head, tightly packed with tiny bubbles. Thin lace lasts throughout the initial pour into a pint glass.
There is a very strong hoppy aroma, which if you are a hophead, you will really like. If you don’t like hops, you will know right now that this is not a beer for you - consider yourself warned and try something else instead. My first sip was a bitter hoppy shock to the senses, in a welcome pleasant sort of way. It does not have that over-the-top hoppiness that you would get from a fresh Bigfoot barleywine, for example, but it is quite intense nevertheless. The hop flavor is citrusy, mostly like grapefruit. Maybe a piney resin in there too. Definitely a resiny hop aftertaste that lasts. And lasts. And lasts...
Apart from the hops, the base beer is actually smooth. It isn’t too thick or too thin, it is really quite nice. Nothing really stands out as far as the malt, but then again, nothing is lacking either. I think this beer was meant to showcase the hop bitterness and aroma, and it does just that. The 5.5% abv makes it very drinkable, if you can handle 100 IBUs of Simcoe hops, that is.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2005
Brown/Goldish Coloring with Off White Head. Fruity Aroma.. Sweet Malt...Hops as Well. Light Fruity Notes on the Tongue As Well. Loosely Knit Flavors...Not Much on Balance. Drinkable Amber Ale. (if you’re into that Amber-sort-of-thing) ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2005
Apparently named for some really tall redheaded guy that works there. The waiter told us that it boasts 100 IBU. If that is true, it is the least hoppy 100 IBU beer in the history of brewing. Nice, dry hop aroma. Cloudy, dark amber with a small off-white head. Decent lace. Bitter finish; is this a cask? Beermatrix says that his sample at the Gitchee Gumme was a cask version, and that’s the only explanation I can come up with for why the 100 IBUs are so subtle. Cloying in it’s maltiness, and as such, has some balance issues. Somewhat flawed and not all that enjoyable.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2005
Cask pulled at Gitchee Gumee Brewfest - Clouded amber color, medium fluffy cinnamon hued cap. Lace sticks in thin broken sheeting.
Aroma is light and roasty with a very heavy and darkly toned woodish hop that adds some unique earthy spice. Very thin slices of citrus peek through.
Taste is of dark roasty malts and big toasted breads, earthy and heavy-handed wood toned hops take over soon after. Mildly bitter with tinges of citrus, slight nuttyness and hop warmth to it. The wood tones are actually very nice; very dark, smokened to an extent, crisp, heavy, and cedary with just a nudge of citrus. Unique roasty/toasty bread malting too that worked well together.
Great smooth and warm body, nearly full, fairly creamy, lots of dark wooded and heavy heated hop oiling out in the finish. Nice smokey, earthen, woody hops in this one. The cask really brought out some nice warmth. Good stuff. piscator34 (2647) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 24, 2004
A solid performer... very much like a suped-up version of their Itasca Pale Ale. Dark red in colour with a strong citrusy hop presence. Decent body with a nice bitterness/malty combo. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
I asked the very busy bartender what style this beer was in, as it wasn’t indicated anywhere else. "Style", he said, confused, "I don’t know about style, but it’s a hoppy beer."
And so it is.
Hazy, crimson color, nice, thick beige head.
Impressive aroma, loud hoppiness, full and fruity.
Very warm feel in the mouth, full-bodied, rich and ringing with hops throughout.
Still, has this odd yeasty thing going like I find in many of their beers.
Quite a nice offering, I may have to go back for more, when the place isn’t so jammed, and the weirdo with the buffalo wings isn’t there to spew his paranoid fantasies at me.