notalush (5985) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2005
This one came across as overly sweet to me, but that might be because I had their IPA before I tried this - complex notes of chocolate, caramel, nuttiness - tempered with some slight bittering hops, light and dark fruit (orange, plum?) - rye makes its presence known - pretty decent. Aurelius (5684) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2005
Malty, hoppy aroma - very nice. Cloudy brown with a big tan head. medium-heavy hopping, edgy acidity but it goes down smoothly. Finishes a little boozywith a hefty hop aftertaste. Almost salty sometimes. This went really well with the Liberty Heights tap house calzone. Good craftbrew. ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2005
On draught at Sunset Grille, 9/10/2005 (pre-mead tasting). Fair enough pour, dark amber-to-light-chestnut brown with a small but well-retained yellowish-beige head, unfiltered. Aroma is fruity, nutty, floral and has hints of soily-earthy yeast. Light chocolate perhaps, with oranges and grapefruits. Flavor is a pretty straightforward RyePA. Amped up hops bitterness overpowers the flavor, but some sweet oranges, light tropical fruits and a dry, grainy, caramel malt and light biscuits/breadiness. Quite dry on the finish (well, dry through most of the beer, actually) with plenty of hops complexity, but relatively lacking on the malt side, I thought. Mouthfeel is lightly astringent, papery and dry, but still unfiltered and thus there is at least something there to chew on. Lots of rye. I enjoyed it, but I must say that I’ve had better rye beers. Founders Reds Rye and Willimantic Rye carry the same hops bitterness but add much more juicy flavors and seem to have better body. PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Very hoppy, very sweet ale with a fairly high alcohol content. Mellow aftertaste and very delicious. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2005 Cloudy caramel, fairly dark, fine sediment floaties, large sandy foamy head, lovely lacing, soft carbonation. Floral oriented candy-sweet nose, hints of apple skin, subtle charred wood, and a touch of brett. An odd duck when it comes to aroma. Earthy/Musty hop bitterness on the start, slight pine, and extremely dry. Very quick finish, earthy/musty hop notes remain. Great body and mouthfeel, albeit a bit too spritzy. Lingering alder tree like flavor. I think this one had too much going on... needs to be simplified a bit me thinks. Good start, but requires less earth and more hop/rye assertiveness. I wonder what yeast they used too?
Oakes (19569) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2005
Cloudy dark amber colour. Big, fluffy, light caramel head. Woody, lightly citric aroma with some sort of crystal/munich malt. Toasty, earthy character with breadcrusty notes, spicy rye and a fairly bitter finish. At times surprisingly chewy. Distinctive if a little unpolished. Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Cask @ Brazen Head. One of the better beers at Brazen Head that night. This poured gold with a nice sized head. Nice citrus, floral hoppy nose. Taste is nicely balanced. Somehow I taste a little salt.