porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[22 oz. bottle from Lou’s Beverage Barn] Pours slightly hazy, slightly reddish amber with a finger or so of off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit and pine, some caramel and vanilla and candy-malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, a touch sticky and just a tad loose. Broken patches and dabs of lacing. Flavor of grapefruit and light pine overlaying a sweet caramel, vanilla and candy malt base. Very light touch of rosewater. Medium-heavy bitterness from fore through finish and aftertaste. ABV well-covered. Nice, fairly elegant and not a harsh tongue-scraper. Really close to as good as any big IPA out there.
ekstedt (6683) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (bomber) from Systembolaget. Deep golden, creamy off-white head. Dusty malt aroma, with strong piney and citric hops. Medium bodied and smooth. Nice lingering firm bitterness.
Furseth (2158) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Ekstedt:
Clear red colour,cremay yellow head. Aroma of lots of citrus, sugar and sweet maltynes. Flavor has a nice fruity mouth feeling, big dry fruitynes and flowery and grape.Lonf fruity/alcy finish. Nice!
gnoff (10152) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle thanks to ekstedt!
On August 30, 2009
Clear dark golden to copper color, fluffy orange head. Hoppy and sweet fresh scent. Hoppy, citrus, grape, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Slight bit metallic aftertaste.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bomber served in a tulip. Firey amber pour with a light haze and a one-finger thick head of lasting beige foam. A solid coat of lace was left around the glass. The aroma was very perfumey and floral. Lots of citrus and sugar-coated grapefruit followed by some caramel and light fusel alcohol. The flavor was sweet and also quite perfumey. A little hot and solvent-like. Moderately bitter. Mainly just sweet caramel and hot fusels. Hard to drink. Full-bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Nice to look at, not so nice to taste.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled in the big bottle. A really really good brew. Comes up with a powerful punch of hops. Crisp clear but this really nice dark golden yellow hue. Really good brew.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beautiful beer. Not much else. No aroma to speak of. Some pine taste is noted with the malt but for an IIPA this was fairly bland.
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 Bomber poured into pint glass. This is my first purchase from this brewery. While the color is nice and intriguing, there is simply not much aroma whatsoever. Flavor is just sort of ’there’ but has nothing unique to offer. There is some bitterness, but not a flavorful one, more biting than anything.
1/5/12: lowered from 3.1 to 2.4: This bomber was an astringent mess, sad thing as I couldn’t finish it and had to drain pour it. It tasted like aluminum flouride.
pilsnerrogge (2923) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep amber with a thick head, good lacing. Fruity toffee and hop aroma. Flavour has some toffee, a great deal of hops and even more alcohol. Quite one dimensional.
cgarvieuk (23949) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Cropredy from my GBBF haul ... Nice deep copper ... off white foam head ... sweet toffee light fruity hop nose ... very sweet hop resins ... juicy bitterness ... little soaopy... little odd.