corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Pours a very dark copper/mahogany red with dark golden amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing are left behind.
Sweet caramel malt aroma with lots of rye and slightly earthy hops. There ls also a bit of pine to go along with the orange and grapefruit notes. The malt backbone is a bit too prominent in the nose with hints of biscuit ,caramel and rye.
Medium bodied with a lot of dry earthy pine hops which are quickly balanced but a very dry earthy pine bitterness that lasts throughout over a sweet malt backbone into a bone dry finish. Hints of caramel malt with biscuit and rye. Very hoppy for the style and not very well balanced with a lot of dry bitterness completely overpowering the sweet rye malt. The ABV is decently masked and this beer is pretty drinkable but the hops outshine the sweetness from the malt too much for my liking.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2010
A Sim rate (on tap at DBGB): Fresh, hoppy aroma. Bright amber colour with a great head and lace. Very sharply hoppy with grapefruit, orange & lemon. Good beer, but pretty standard for an IPA. jeremytoni (3058) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2010
From a tap poured amber with a fair amount of head. Nice strong bitter hoppy flavor with a lasting finish. Zymurgeist2 (2179) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
On draft at Quality Meats in NYC.
Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a fluffy off-white head.
The rye stands out against a nice malt balance, piney hops as well.
Medium mouthfeel with the rye adding nice structure. Sweet malts/rye with a spike of bitterness that takes away from the overall beer. Very bitter on the finish. I would have liked it to be more balanced.
madmitch76 (24360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2010
9th October 2008. GABF. Clear brown beer - aromatic malt with the distinctive rye taste. Palate is soft but also dry.
fiulijn (20411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2009
Cask at Rattle ’n Hum, New YorkBillKismet (4041) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Amber color. Dusty caramel aroma with shades of hops. Smooth, with strong caramel flavor, light roasted malt and rye; the flavor as well is a bit dusty. There is some good hopping. The final, well bitter, gets a bit dry. Good.
Luminescent peach amber color supporting a crisp cream head. Easy grainy aroma with appealing floral hop character. Crisp rye and sour mash flavorings piqued with a floral hop twang. williamherbert (1541) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2011 Incredible, rich hop aroma character; a mix of finished oak and pine oil, and herbal mint leaf. There is a touch of citrus there too. The rye grains come through at the end of the whiff. So spicy all the way around; intense. The aroma is just short of being a 10.
Hazy mahogany red color. Big fluffy , good, slow carbonation from the pint-sized can. Spotty specks of lace.
The flavor is a grainy rye husk, with a bitter, sharp finish. The hops are still there, harmoniously with the woody hops. The oak and the rye malts are terrific together. FInishes with a curious root beer barrel candies, and bubblegum. The grains are bordering on unrefined.
It’s a creamy concoction, like root beer. It’s a big, bitter beer, woody and with tons of harsh flavors. Really really enjoyable. It mellows out as it warms up. Lubiere (13780) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2009
A nice copper ale with a thin big bubbled off white head. In aroma, pleasant caramel malt with nice toffee notes, and a bit of sweet coffee. In mouth, a nice smooth malt with torrefied notes, very British hops, lingering metallic notes, medium bodied. Cask at Syracuse Real Ale Festival, Oct. 25 2009. pianotu (69) - USA - OCT 19, 2009
On tap in Brooklyn’s Fish Camp. Fragrance of dried fruits, smooth, medium-body, dark caramel, bitterness at the end.