Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden copper color with a good head and adequate carbonation. Aroma is of hops, floral, citrus, pine, and more hops. The first taste hits you pretty strongly - very hoppy and slight malts (the way I like it) - and at first I didn’t think I’d like it, but this one really grows on you. The 9.2% warms you up quickly and the wonderful hop flavors persist through the finish, but don’t leave you with a bitter taste. Very enjoyable, though in the end, it tastes hoppier than the IBUs would indicate - almost up there with a Ruination (100+) but it’s really only at 70.
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle-pours a dissipating off white head and amber color. Aroma is biting perfumy hops. Taste is biting pine/perfumy hops, some light/medium malt, alcohol.
rocbyter (2113) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy wood aroma. Clear orange color with a small white head. Bitter throughout fades lightly in the finish.
jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A deep amber color with a foamy white head. A strong crisp pine, grass and citrus aroma that is almost biting when the beer is cold. A spicy pine hop flavor with a touch of sweetness on an otherwise dry bitter palate. It is kind of rough, but I appreciate its aggressiveness.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
finally a pugsleys thats not a drain pour! if you aged this it would be 100x better than the barleywine.
jimhilt (2597) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose. Flavor is sweet grapefruit hops with a piney hop finish. Higher ABV is hidden. $7.50 for a 22oz bottle from Smiley’s Beverage Dover, NH.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home - Shared with the mob. Clear amber - white head. caramel, fruity, toasted, candy, nice hoppy, graoe, grassy, pepper. OK,
TEJA (2936) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden. Big white fluffy haed that quickly dissapears to a thin lace. Opaque orange color. Aroma with lots of caramell and fruits with nice hops. Taste is alcoholic in the beginning than you start to notice the caramell and a plesent bitterness with a small hop taste. A litle to strong to be perfect but still a real good IPA.
drowland (8476) - Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap in a snifter. The aroma is quite fruity and there a big hint of alcohol. The flavor is very bitter of course with a certain tang that really reminds me of extract homebrewing - possibly some oxidation. Also I think there may be some diacetyl.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Well balance. Lots of great flavors and aroma, but they didn’t seem to meld together as well as they could. This rating was my 795th rating in three full years being a member of RateBeer. Woohoo. I’m hoping to reach beer god status in my fourth year.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark orangey amber with reddish-orange highlights and an average, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma was heavy caramel malt, heavy orangey citrus hops, and light alcohol. The initial flavor was rather sweet, bitter and acidic; while the finish was very sweet, rather bitter and acidic with a long duration. There was caramel, sugar water, ruby-red grapefruit, resinous hops, a little alcohol, orangey hops and a bit of metallic hops. The slightly more than medium body was a bit syrupy and then rather dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a dry, lightly alcoholic, lightly astringent and slightly metallic finish.