RSRIZZO (1997) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2013
12oz bottle (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Shaker at 40°. Color is a bright golden brown with mellow carbonation and a nice rocky off white head. Aroma is sweet malt then spice floral hops on the back. It has a medium body with a creamy and slightly rich mouth feel. Flavor comes in malty giving nice toffee notes then the hops show with just a touch of pine and a spicy, peppery citrus. In the after taste the pepper hangs on with a mild bitterness. Overall its a very good IPA, but I feel it should be a little bigger as an Imperial. Arayaga2 (2199) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Amber with a sparse white head. Aroma and taste are lemon and rich malt with an herbal hop finish $2/12oz esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Copper with a large pillowy slowly evaporating taupe vertex. Aroma is tropical and vinous with floral hops, grapefruit and caramel. Taste of deep toffee, roasted malt, caramel, tropical fruit, grapefruit and a moderate bitter finish. Nice red IPA. kevinator (2268) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Good solid example of the style. Nice piney aroma with a hint of citrus. Nice bronze color with a solid white head. Crisp and full palate with complimenting carbonation. Great mix of hops flavors with a burst of bitterness at the beginning that eventually mellows out near the end of the bottle. Malt background is solid but doesn’t have the sweetness as advertised. Enjoyed it. SamP01 (668) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Pours a deep orange amber with a long lasting medium beige head, good lacing throughout. Aroma and Taste of floral pine hops and caramel malt which becomes more notable as it warms up, also some notes of brown sugar. Palate is a medium body with a smooth texture and good carbonation. Finishes with floral pine hops, some mild orange peel notes, caramel malt and some mild brown sugar on the end. Overall seems to have a good balance, smooth and nice flavor, a good brew.
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2013
Was not expecting anything special here. And that’s what I got when I tried this one from a recommendation. BeerKurve (520) - - SEP 28, 2013
Mildly hazy dark orange color with a high amount of visible carbonation and lots of lacing; Soapy head. Aroma of mild citrus hops, caramel, toffee, pine and malts. Flavor is bitter piney hops, resin, citrus, and resin. Very Bitter but somewhat mild in taste. Heavy and thick body with some moderate carbonation. They nailed the bitter resin hop part but forgot to balance out the rest of the flavor. MacBoost (1914) - Victor, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Pours a dark amber with a decent sized off white head. Aromas of buttered bread, toffee, caramel. No perceptible hop aroma. Taste is bad. Bitter malt water. No. Drainpour. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Drink by September 2013. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
Appearance: A beautiful beer. Crystal clear copper with a soft sand colored, three finger head on top. The head sticks around for awhile, and the lacing, at least at the start, as ridiculous.
Smell: Damn, I love hops. Serious amounts of pine and resin. The label also mentions grapefruit, but I don’t really get that ... there is a sweetness in there, though.
Taste/feel: Hard for me to pick this one. As dark as this IPA is, I figured it’d maybe be pretty sweet or at least be balanced, but it’s not -- this beer is definitely on the bitter side, at least after the first few sips, and tastes pretty much nothing like it smells. I get almost a roasty-sweet sort of malt flavor on the start of the sip, followed by a fairly brief parade of piney hops, and then it finishes with a dusty/gritty sort of malt flavor. It’s not bad at all, but the smell had me expecting something entirely different. In that way, it almost reminds me of Alpha King by Three Floyds, which is a darker APA that bursts with hops in the aroma, but then has a maltier taste. This almost drinks like some sort of amber or something more than an IPA... ALMOST. It’s good, but I didn’t see it coming. The feel is quite smooth with a medium carbonation -- it lets the hops do the work on your tongue rather than the prickly carbonation, which is good. Just a note: This beer becomes almost TOO SWEET once it warms up.
Has to be the best in the 2013 LongShot contest, but not by too significant of a margin. It looks awesome, it smells great, and it has a solid flavor. BREWMUSKCLES (2696) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2013
a mishmash and perhaps hop nightmare to some but to me it’s nirvana. harsh and wafting grapefruit pith to some pine and nasty near the finish with woody harshness.....i love it. no alcohol and some sweetness full bodied and sudsy. the good stuff!