StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 650ml bottle - pours a very hazy orange, with a big foamy white head. Looks great, almost like a Saison or a Belgian Triple. Nice floral aroma of piney hops dominate. Flavour is very smooth - this goes down easy. Bready, piney, some citrus and some malt to impart some sweetness and keep it so eminently drinkable. Finish is dry with lightly lingering bitterness. More good beer from Rogue. BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Good robust flavor with plenty of citrusy and floral hops and a good touch of malt to keep it smooth. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2006
Bottle. Slightly hazy orange-amber with a big creamy white head. Aroma of bready malt and spruce-like hops. Flavour follows the aroma - big and flavourful, but well-balanced. Hops take on a nice citric tang in the finish. Good stuff! tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. The aroma is muffins and resiny pine. Flavor is very bready with lemon, pine, and molasses kicks. There are lots of subtle organic notes, too. The finish is sweet, but leaves a kind of lingering bitterness. Rich caramel comes out as it warms. allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottled. Honey-colored pour, with a nice, off-white head. Fruity, citrusy, sour nose with a hint of alcohol and a very nice dry, hoppyfinish.
tcfishler (65) - USA - NOV 20, 2006
Definitely hazy, dull gold-amber. Smallish, short-lived creamy tan head.
Deep, highly aromatic nose of toasty bread and floral/piney hops.
Hops right from the start in the mouth, suggesting fairly sweet citrus. Also notes of toast and yeast, lemonl-like liveliness, and late arriving roasted malt. Hop character is one note and doesn’t evolve, perhaps because of the use of only one variety. Finish is soft, with the sweetness winning over the bitterness.
I love the freshness and balance of this beer, the latter being an aspect that surprised me given the name. This brew definitely could be a go-to for me. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Medium amber color with a creamy tan head and great lacing. Aroma is pretty floral and hoppy at first but fades quickly and leaves a little bit of malt. Flavor begins bitter and citrus with some floral notes and grapefruit. The middle has a little malts but a nice hoppiness. The beer finishes clean and leaves a lingering aftertaste of bitter and citrusy hops. Medium bodied. duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Not the more bitter beer I have had, but certainly up there. Pours a nice amber color with a nice, lacey head. Flavor is some malt, but mostly hops after the initial sweetness. Well balanced, and quite tastey! MarkBarnes (419) - Waterville, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2007 Sampled on tap, 8 Nov. ’06 at Clark’s Ale House in Syracuse, NY. Enjoyed this product more than the only other Rogue offering I’d tried (Dead Guy Ale). The bitterness and hearty mouthfeel almost had me believing this was an IPA. Very good brew, and I look forward to seeking it out for a proper rating when I can sample one in front of the computer. ;-)MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
Re-rate on May 30, 2007; 22 oz. bomber purchased for $4.59 US at Marcy Discount Beverage (Marcy NY). Cloudy amber pour; bubbly, dissipating head; irregular lacing. Big, inviting, hoppy aroma. Flavor seems to suggest an IPA. Less malt than I’d like to taste. The relation to its cousin "Dead Guy" is evident. Like all ESBs, it gets dramatically better-tasting & more balanced as it warms up -- if you drink this colder than "cellar temperature", you probably won’t like it. Palate is somewhat watery. Long finish of bitter hops. Enjoyable overall, but I’d prefer a maltier ESB.
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Bottle at Chaucer’s in London- This one is amber through and through. The head is unimpressive and fails to leave the lace I expect from most rogue beers. Strong grapefruit and citrus fruits in the nose, with some leafy/pine. Bad ass hop profile takes the fillings out yer’ teeth as it enters the mouth. Pine/grapefruit/oranges with a thin malt spine, finishing astringent and enjoyable. Yep, it is certainly bitter. A nice one.