GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 24, 2007
2007 Vintage - I’ve been waiting to get my hands on this beer for awhile now. Finally after dropping in at my local BevMo, lo and behold they have it. Glad they did. Took it to me at the Oakland Raiders home game and shared it (along with many other great beers) with my brother.
The beer pours out a dark golden, copperish/brown hue, crystal clear in color with a two-finger head and decent lacing. Aroma is lightly sweetened with caramel malts, some citrus and piney hops are present. Flavors are pretty much on par with the nose, nothing sneaking up out of nowhere and no suprises. A nice beer. Much better than their regular IPA in my opinion. joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Pours a nice whiskey tinted fiery orangish brown color. Nice huge creamy light yellowish white head. Very nice sweet citrusy hoppiness, as well as a touch of pine and roasted malt. Explosivly powerful mouthfeel that exudes a very very piney character, as well as a good dose of grapefruit and very light roasted malt. The finish is deliciously long lasting and almost hits the palate like you licked a pine tree, but much more delicious. Very nice beer. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Deep dark copper color, brilliantly glowing but deeper centered and quite clear with some slow bubbly activity within. Huge roofing of lightly parched white starchy tight foam. Keeps its consistency for great length and leaves massive amounts of shelf sized sheets of lace. Gorgeous looking ale!
Nicely clean, dark, oily, fresh hop aroma of soft piney grapefruit and a bit of leafy freshness. Barely there toasted malts hang low underneath.
Nice balance on the taste buds to start things off, solid hop tones are soothed throughout the entire length of the palate with a nice softly fluffy and delicate natured citrus and pine. Partially oiled with superbly balanced bitterness and pithy squeezed bite of grapefruit. Again, some partailly oiled woody resin of soft pine and bark create a bit of extra texture and taste. Dryness is fair and soft with affectionate woody notes. And bringing it all together is a well held toasted malty backing keeping a freshly crispness and grabbing toastyness to its character.
Body is about medium, smooth, soft, and kinda oily, well, in the middle anyways, gets fluffy and bittered with grapefruit and pin enotes as it rounds out the finish late with very well timed toasted ascents. Its the overall texture of it that I really like. It has a unique sodtness to it that really smacks of well-crafted, fresh brewing.
This stuff is now one of my favs from SN. Glad I finally can get it in bottles, 24oz even! as its been a hard find here for years.
Yummy solid stuff! sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2007
On tap @ the Winking Lizard: Pours a clear copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, citrus and herbal hop notes, some pine, caramel malts. Flavor, some caramel and bready malts up front, nice citrus and piny, great fresh hoppy flavors, some nice bitterness on it as well, finishes dry and bitter. Very enjoyable. celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Had this in a 24 oz bottle I got from a liquor store in Oroville for 2.99. What a bargain, even though I also saw it over the last weekend at Costco for 25 bucks for a 12 pack of the 24 oz bottles. This poured a medium amber with a nice head that evaporated after about a minute but leaving a nice lacing throughout. Nice malt and citrus nose with flavors of Malt, slight citrus and some hoppiness, but not as much as a hop-head would die for. Still in all a very nice beer ideal for sitting infront of the fireplace and enjoying time and time again as long as it’s available.Definitely a keeper, my only regret is that I just finished the bottle and I have to wait to go out and get another one.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2007
(bottle): Pours an amber brown color, big yellow-white head, foamy. Consistent color in the body. Hoppy aroma, acidic, some grapefruit, but mostly acidic, piney. Piney, somewhat hoppy taste. A little bitter aftertaste, but mostly balanced. Not too bad, IPAish, but balanced. wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 23, 2007
$4 20oz bottle drank at Pizza Port bottle shop with Shawn and others. Small, small-bubble head. Crystal clear amber color Some light hop and malt aroma. Medium light body. Mild bitterness. Very easy to drink. Great session/pizza beer. Kind of mild smooth flavor/aroma. performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Looks like an amber colored Brandy. Huge head, be careful. This tastes more like a cross breed between Pale and IPA. Citrusy base with floral hints. Oily finish. Impressed at $4.00. rayg1 (594) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Ok so I’ve been excited about this beer for awhile. Pours out a deep almost reddish orange with a decently thick light orange head. Aroma is a nice mix of sweetness and cascade hops all blending into a nice bittersweet smell. Flavor is not as hoppy as I would have expected at first, rather, it is fairly sweet of toffee and caramel and perhaps some brown sugar. Only halfway through the sip does the citrus and pine and hoppy goodness come rushing in. This beer is an excellent example of an American style IPA. If you want hops that kick your ass this is not your beer. However if you want a nice balance of hops and just well made beer then Cheers to you my friend. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle: The aroma has moderate pine with some balanced caramel and faint citrus hops. It pours a transparent amber with small off-white head that fades to a soapy film within a minute or so. A thin webbing of lacing is left on the edges of the glass. The flavor has a strong caramel backbone. The finish has moderate combination of pine and citrus hops that linger in the aftertaste for a while. Some light spiciness in the finish as well. A very well balanced beer. IMO, an argument could be made either way for an IPA or APA. Medium bodied, slightly oily with soft carbonation. Just a well made beer in my opinion.