JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
Tap at State and Lake. Deep amber pour with a creamy off-white head. Big dank hoppy aroma. Pine and a lot of fresh hoppy resin. There is a little bit of toasted malt and a kiss of citrus as well. A little bit of orange peel. As it warms the malts take on a lightly sweet caramelly character. Even a kiss of cookie dough as well. Quite a pronounced dank resiny bitterness, but it still has a solid balance throughout. Pretty damn tasty. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 9, 2009
2009 Can - Thanks tytoanderso! - Pour is dark translucent amber with a frothy off white head...aroma is sticky hop nuggets, citrus resin and pine, sweet malt...flavour is all of the above, massive resin bitterness that is balanced with way more malt than typically found, results in an IPA/IIPA hybrid of sorts...just terrific... bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
16oz can sent to me by theisti...thanks Tim! Pours a deep amber that has a ruby/copper hue to it. Big fluffy white head that leaves a great sticky lacing on the way down. The nose on this is fantastic...huge resin, sweet citrus and sharp pine all with subtle malt tones. Taste is equally amazing. Balanced bready malt with big hops throughout that are just so balanced. To me, this is a text book example of what an IPA should be. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2009
On tap at Sheffields River Grove. Pours amber with white head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus and lots of caramel malt. Flavor is bitter hops, citrus, lot of caramel malt and some toffee. Finishes bitter with good mouthfeel and carbonation. Quite different than what I was expecting. WIth all the caramel and toffee flavors it seems like a hopped up brittish IPA. With all the malt it was still pretty bitter. Solid IPA. tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2009
Can gven to me at Half Pins brewing in Winnipeg. amberish color some foam nose is hops and some caremel malt well balanced. flavor is amazing hops but never overpowering. so so drinkable the malts keep it going . great beer could have had 10
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Pours a golden amber with a nice small head.
Nose is smooth with caramel and grapefruit and citrus hops.
Taste is clean, sweet with caramel and toffee, plenty of c-hops, able to combat with the big sweet body quite well. scattershot (10) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2009
This one is a keeper, nice and hoppy, clean finish and excellent overall drinkability. alagnak (468) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2009
16oz can from theisti. Nose is huge caramel and huge hops playing nicely. Touch of tropical fruit there, too. Flavor is more of both, really well-balanced, a touch of sweetness and white pepper on the finish. Really solid. Thanks Tim (and to Ken for muling from MN) mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2009 Source: Extra in trade with Garry
Aroma: Very reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard, lots of hops and even more caramel. Yum.
Appearance: Dark amber/copper with three fingers of off-white head.
Flavor: I get mostly caramel with a hop bitterness to match. Signifcant sweetness on the finish. Re: Had a newer can, nicely balanced now with extra bitterness.
Palate: Medium carbonation.
Overall: Nice beer, though to me it seems more like an American Strong Ale than an IPA. Pretty darn tasty. larryLSB (533) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Poured from 16 oz can. Dark amber with reddish hue, minimal white head. Huge nose of hops which masks everything else. The taste was not up to the promise of the aroma, a bit of the sweet malt, that was it. Not on par with the west coast ones.