bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2006 Off-white head, not bad lacing. Not much hits the nose, other than a surprising lack of hops in a brew whose bottle claims it packs such a wallop. A bit of malt when it first hits the tongue, with a pronounced and very appealing peach finish. Tiny bubbles, but still a watery feel to it. Despite the criticisms, not an awful beer by any stretch, but a slight disappointment all the same. Perhaps "Not So Brutal Bitter" would be the more apt name. Although I still feel much the same way, I adjusted my numbers after trying this again tonight with more favorable results. jennajlover (135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2006
Big not small biter,more an APA than a bitter due to high % of alcohol which you can taste some heat. Nice use of malts like all Rogue ales which really add to the beer. Nice thick palate. Nice use of hops turnerm5 (12) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Had this on tap at Archer’s Ale House down the street. Medium amber pour with an off-white head that went away pretty quickly. A bit of a sweet citrus aroma. A very mild malt taste followed by strong bitterness that lasted for a while. paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Rated in a pub in Boise, ID so I just have my short notes from the PDA
Very fruity, mild citrus aroma
Starts mildly sweet then robust fruit - peach, nectarine - finishing with citrus hop bite. Somewhat creamy, very drinkable.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2006
A decent brew. For an ESB it smelled very light on the hops. Aroma had lots of floral essence and grassy scents. The appearance was soemwhat cloudy orange with white foamy head. Floral flavors and weak hop flavor but big bitterness. Interesting to say the least. Wasn’t my favorite ESB but it was worth having.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Pinkish amber with a slight haze from the bottle conditioning yeast. The first time that I’ve (knowingly) had an all-Crystal hopped beer. Before I read the description I was pulling out big citrus and some nice spiciness, so perhaps my nose for hops is not as bad as I thought. Aroma is strongly grapefruity with an acidic evergreen spiciness. The roasted earthiness of the caravienna really comes through here, underlaid by the gloopy, fat and sunny malt notes of the MO. Upon sipping, this hits you up front with an assault of acidic bitterness which fades quickly. Some is from the carbonation, which is perhaps a bit high, but the rest seems to be from the hops. Regardless, that fades quickly, leaving you to enjoy a lightly nutty and clear, crisp citrus finish. This is good stuff but I frankly don’t see what all the fuss is about. ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
Light hazy orange beer with a dense off white head. Malty, caramel sweet aroma with a hoppy pineapple fruityness. Hoppy and bitter flavor with a light fruityness and some vague caramel sweet notes. Dry bitter finish. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Pours a hazy amber with a creamy, white head. Fresh, citrusy hops in the nose. Medium-bodied, malty with fantastic, fruity - grapefruity - notes. Bitter finish. Very lovely indeed. 220406 fiulijn (20516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2006
Cloudy light amber color. Very nice fruity hoppy aroma (oranges). Medium body strength, but with good malt and fruity hop. Quite bitter at the end. Very good American Ale. Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2006
Bottle. Unclear orange colour with a small head. Nice fruity aroma of citrus. Very bitter but not too much. Ends up nice and very enjoyable.