Bill Becker (1775) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 25, 2017
From Jun 2007
Compliments of jwc215...Thanks, Joe!
This pours from 22oz bottle a clear medium gold with a huge head of foam. The foam shrinks very slowly leaving a solid layer for the entire session and there's plenty of lacing to be found.
The smell has a strong nose of citrus hops along with an ample malt sweetness... and is very inviting.
The taste ....wow...this is huge on flavour! Caramel malt permeates my every taste bud but it's offset by a more then abundant citrus(mainly grapefruit) and piney hop presence. Put them together and my palate is literally dancing in the streets. OK, this is a 10%abv brew so I'd better watch it but I can't honestly say that the alcohol is all that noticeable at least, after the first few sips.
A few more sips in and yes, I'm starting to feel the alcohol but it has more of a soothing effect on me than an actual burn and at times, I'm thinking, it's going to get too sweet, I just *know* it but then the hops kick in again and make it not so and..visa versa. Nice. Very nice. And..surprisingly drinkable. One sip absolutely demands another.
And boy, what an aftertaste! The bitter hops in the finish seem to go on and on but it's just not hoppy, it also carries the caramel malt with it and I'm literally amazed at how Southern Tier did this. What an amazing brew!!
Bottom line: I'm so glad I got to try this amazing brew and I'd say grab some if you can. My thanks again to jwc215 for one fine, drinking experience! Obfuscate (597) - Minneapolis, - JAN 29, 2015
Lots of wheat and orange peel. Orange and fairly cloudy, meh, maybe an old bottle since it’s retired. generallee08 (778) - New York, USA - JUL 24, 2014
The body is bright orange/golden color with some carbonation streaming up to support its tall creamy head. The thick rocky or meringue like head had awesome retention and made lots of cool lacing on the glass. In the nose I pick up notes of citrusy orange and grapefruit like hops with sweet bready/biscuity grain notes underneath. A neutral alcohol is also present and reminds you that this is an Imperial beer. There is a big pale wheat and bready/biscuity malt base with tons of good citrusy, herbal and pine notes right up front and through out. Bitterness is solid and slowly fades off the tongue in the finish. Its palate is nicely carbonated and firm feeling.
MacBoost (1936) - Victor, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2014
Draft at macgregors Macedon, NY, 2009. (From old notes, this place has since closed down). Sharp aromas of piercing hops. Heavy bitterness and brutal flowers. Very exciting. Almost another level of beer drinking experience. So elliptical. Transcendent. GreatDane1632 (1174) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Rated from notes taken 22 Jun 2011, Southern Tier Beer Tasting -- One of my favorite brews from the tasting.
tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 7, 2014
bomber and I don’t know how old this one is but it poured a murky orange color with white head that just lingered around for awhile. leaving nice lacing on the glass. the aroma medium malt and some strong citrus hop action. very refreshing. the flavor is damn good..medium malt backbone and some citrus and floral hops in the flavor. evenly balanced from front to back. another solid beer from southern tier. Beergeek23322 (2643) - Chester, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2013
5/28/2010. From bottle. Copper color with an offwhite head. Aromas of Caramel, roasted malt, fruit. Good hop balance and a nice finish,. olio (10548) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 25, 2013
355 ml bottle.laiti (8513) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 14, 2013
Originally rated on 20090503.
Pours copper color with a small head. Aroma of hops, sweet fruits, some caramel malts and hints of toffee. Flavor of caramel malts, sweet fruits, hops, hay and toffee. Decent.
65 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Konttori. Rated on 02.05.2009boozedude (2229) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Aroma is fresh with hops, some citrus and wheaty notes. Flavour has fruits, hops, soapy citrus, some apricot and wheaty notes. Also some alcohol. A stronger version of Hop Sun.
Pours cloudy orange...white head..arona is alcohol caramel hopps..taste is STRONG...weird taste but good..like a hoppy worthers orignal... buttery finish.. like it