diabel (1705) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle at the Laid Back Brussels Tasting (Feb 9, 2008)JoeinDahlem (1501) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2007
Clear, amber body with an off-white head. Nice lace. Aroma of hops, malts (caramel), mint ... great aroma! Heavily bitter, lightly sweet flaovur. Well balanced, smooth flavour. Ok complexity. Not too hoppy, but nice balance (in the same way as De Ranke PŤre NoŽl combines caramel and hops).
A freshly bitter and bright ale that sticks out in the right places. Bottle from the brewpub pours a bright orange-amber. Nose has plenty of citrussy and floral hops, really nice. Tastes quite bitter but fresh and balanced with a lightly sweet center. This breweryís seasonals and experiments are impressing me more every year. Happy to have this as my rating #400... BenRod (48) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - FEB 4, 2012
This beer has huge hop aroma. This hop monster is bitter to the point of astringency, but it is at least paired with a strong malt flavor. It is not balanced at all, but I believe thatís the point. sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Yes, itís called "Hop Lobster". Apparently, they wanted to play with the recipe for "Hop Monster" until they realized it was not the same beer at all, thus, the Lobster. Pours big and orange, great lacing. Aroma is big fruity hops, with a sweet caramel, woody undertone. Flavor is giant bitter hops, and slight sweetness from the malts, though not nearly enough of a malty profile to undercut the slightly over-exagerated hops. The palate may be the best aspect of this beer, best defined as "chewy" (think think, creamy, and filling). Great name, good beer. pojo41 (315) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Draft at Springfield Brewing Co. Dark copper color with a good light brown head that lasted. Very intense hop aroma underlaid by toast and malt. Good flavor of tast and malt dominated by the hops but, not completely. Nice thick mouthfeel but, not overly so. I really enjoyed this beer.
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 15, 2008
This poured a dark copper color with a generous white head that lasted throughout. Very nice hop aroma with a subtle maltiness. Taste is dominated up front by the hoppiness, but is balanced on the finish by the malty richness. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability was pretty high. I enjoyed it very much. jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours clear amber with a thin off white head with good legs. Nose is intense floral and grapefruit hops. There are pine hops notes, cream, a little charcoal. Quite bitter with a malt backbone. Reminds me of very good homebrew. Seems dry hopped. beer_rookie (553) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Pours a amber, and dare I say it, red color. It is quite pretty. About one finger ivory color head. Doesnít last long, but excellent lacing.Cavie (4651) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Aroma is very hoppy. Some breadiness. Not a lot to say about the aroma. Itís hoppy....
Taste is hoppy, but man, itís good. Itís very hoppy, but not real bitter. Hop flavors are crazy in there; citrus, floral, piney. But itís not really bitter, itís not really sweet. Itís somewhat similar to an APA. Hard to desribe the taste. Bready, maybe some toffee.
Mouthfeel is good. Itís drinkable. Smooth and dry. Medium body. Finishes slightly bitter.
Overall, Iím not super fond of red ales but I could totally drink this anytime. This is well done.
Tap at the pub. Pours a clear reddish orange color. Frothy off-white head, tight bubbles. Moderate citrusy hop aroma. Moderate caramel malty sweetness. Flavor is citrus hops and lightly toasted malt. Some caramel sweetness. Well balanced. Bitter finish but remains soft.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone csaso (2264) - Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Tap - good size thick head, medium amber color, dry citrus hop aroma and flavor, mild grapefuiit flavor, fair malt balance - seems like more of an IPA than and Am Strong Ale