Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2011
22oz bottle Batch 1 12/12/11 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-40° in Shaker-Pours a dark amber almost brown with a small loose tan head. Aroma of hops, pine, malt, and caramel. Taste of hops, caramel, malt, and toffee. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down easy. Nice job. yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Sexy reddish brown color with generous head. Beautiful appearance. Nose is assertive with fresh hoppy citrus, pine, and hint of holiday spice aromas. Palate offers a clean taste, good balance of piney citrusy hops and candied malt, with an oily quality across the palate. Medium bodied and very drinkable. Spectacular beer, but I just wish it was gentler on the wallet.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Batch 1. 22oz bottle. Deep Ruby color, light tan head of thick foam. Aroma of spicy malts, heavy deep caramels, earthy pine hops. The smell alone reminds me of the aroma of the Rogue Brewery the first time I walked in. Mmm, good. Nice pine and grapefruit, heavy malts, all around. The flavor continues to deliver. Toasted malts, heavy toffee, deep grain character. Bitterness lingers on the palate, nice grapefruit, with an odd medicinal hop note. So well done, very impressive. Loads of toasted malts, then the leather character, and pine bark bitterness... superb! I absolutely loved this brew. Merry Christmas to me. EddieMac (2) - Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011 does not count
Pours a deep dark amber with a towering creamy head boasting hints of pine with a smooth finish. Just an all around pleasant IPA
Well done SA! twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear brownish copper color with a large frothy off-white head with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex earthy and roasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex bittersweet flavor finish. This beer exceeded my expectations.
bigguns22 (798) - Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Copper in color with a large tan to cream head.Aroma is full of malt,citrus and yeast.Bitter,sweet and o so good.Flavors of citrus,pine,toast and kings syrup.The head is great sticks to the glass and pillows. superspak (5591) - Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2011
22 ounce bottle, batch 1, no bottle date. Pours crystal clear dark red orange color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to thick lacing cap that lasts forever. Some nice lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, light pine, caramel, toasted malt, bread, and spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big pine, orange, caramel, spices, bread, toasted malt, and honey-like sweetness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, orange, pine, and spices on the finish that last. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks very easily. Great balance between sweetness and bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming on the finish. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding amber ale/IPA. So much great hoppy flavor and balance. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
You come-a with me, come-a with Luigi. You don’t want to sit with the rest of these scum. .. .deep ruby brown .. medium strength lacing, big head .. . maple, tree sap, bark sap, and pinecone .. . quite balanced, nice malt spine .. . jude kinda liked it .. . a tad green but enjoyable .. . . JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2011
Yeah, you see how you scum.
Pour copper brown with beige white head good lace. Aroma earthy, citrus, resiny hops, weed, skunk, caramel, toffee quite good. Taste pine, citrus, toffee, resiny hops, caramel, earthy, roasty. MF medium chewy sticky body with nice carb. Really solid brew with terrific aroma and a really rounded and robust taste. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
You either love the malty syrupy flavor or not. It does seem like a cross between a UK style malty base or extract syrup that didn’t boil totally! The hops bring an assertive piney grapefruit mix to the sweet base which I really like despite the weird malty flavor I detect and think I recognize from brews I sampled in England once upon a time. There is this cinnamon spice character which others may not like but I like that too. If anyone has a clone recipe, beermail me!