adam42381 (627) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2011 2010 Edition
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a New Belgium globe. Best before date reads Vintage 10AA.
Appearance: Pours a murky dark caramel color with light barely creeping through around the top and featuring a 1-2 finger creamy tan head. Excellent lacing.
Smell: Floral, grapefruit and pineapple hops with candied fruit and sweet caramel malt. Just a hint of alcohol in the background. Smells delicious.
Taste: Floral and citrus flavors up front followed by caramel malt in the middle then a punch of grapefruit hops at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter but not harsh. There’s an excellent balance between the malt and hops. The alcohol is very well masked in the flavor.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very creamy.
Drinkability: Very high drinkability. This is is kind of a sipper because of the elevated ABV combined with the creamy mouthfeel. You wouldn’t want to drink too many, but you’ll really enjoy the ones you do drink.
Overall: Excellent beer overall. I would highly recommend this. This, along with Lagunitas Lucky 13, is one of the best high alcohol amber ales I’ve ever had. aracauna (3683) - Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
This is definitely a bigger beer than the old 5 Seasons recipe. Amber brown body with a nice thick head. The aroma is a nice thick caramel malt with a nice spine of citrus peel hops. Malt dominates the flavor as well, but the hops provide a good bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malt. Nice silky mouthfeel. Very good. Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2004 On tap Taco Mac Alpharetta. This one was brownish red with a rather large head. The aroma was citrusy with a little bit of caramel also. The flavor was very hoppy with a bit of a syrupy character to it. I tasted mainly orange peels, lemons, pine, and a little bit of the caramel. Overall this one was quite good. kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2005
bottle thanks to captain couger. pours a dark red with a thinner tan head. aroma is citrus hops very floral with a heavy malt backbone taste is hops malt caramel and quite citrusy. has a smooth bitter aftertaste. damn fine brew. theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2005
2005 edition. I caught a wiff of hop the moment I opened the bottle. Pours a deep amber with citrus hops all over the nose. The bitterness is stong but balanced with enough malt. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2005
12oz bottle via trade with hopdog - Thanks Steve! Pours a lovely shade of copper with a short tan creamy head that laces nicely down the sides of the tulip. Aroma is some great c-hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, some floral notes and a touch of the caramel malts underneath. Flavor is amazingly balanced. The big hoppy monster has a big malty monster hidden within. Those bitter citrus grapefruit and pine notes are balanced perfectly with some caramel and bready malts. Nice sharp bitter finish. Palate is very balanced, smooth and easy to drink.. The alcohol is covered fully by the great flavor.. This is very enjoyable. A top 10 IIPA for sure.. Great brew! twindadplus2 (736) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Bottle in trade with Goldtwins. Nice deep ruby color with a good beige head. Big, hoppy aroma of sweet apples, grapes, caramel and chocolate malt. Flavor is lots more sweet fruit and malt with a bit of resinous, piney bitterness at the finish. I didn’t think I actually cared for heavily hopped beers but I’m finding more that are really appealing to me. This is definitely one of them. Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2006 2nd bottle of this, from goldtwins, first was from Pailhead and I didn’t rate it. Thanks to the both of you. Man is this a fine IIPA. Not too over-the-top, just very well rounded. Dark mahogany in color with a huge dark tan head. Coats entire glass with lacing. Aroma is all sticky pine hop resin up front, with huge doses of sweet caramel malt and mollasses. Flavor again big sweet caramel malt kick, with sticky pine resin and citrus zest coming through in the middle and finish. Very thick, oily/sticky mouthfeel. Long bitter citrus zest aftertaste. Very well done. Re-rate already the hop presence has died down a bit. Obviously malt bill seems even bigger now. Almost cloyingly sweet in a way. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2006
2005 Bottle thanks to CaptainCougar! Poured a beautiful fiery reddish-orange with a creamy cap of beige head... would have been a 5 if it stuck around a tad longer. Excellent pine resin, grapefruit, juicy pear, and complimentary alcohol on the nose... not overly complex, but wonderful! Flavor begins with grapefruit meat, pine bitterness, and sharp alcohol at the tip of the tongue... heavier-bodied across the middle with a substantial and well-balanced juicy fruit and caramel base... heavier on the hops at the back end with lots of pine resin and pear. Syrupy on the palate with a high level of bitterness... complimentary alcohol in the flavor and for warmth going down... long sticky pear and pine finish... felt great! Thanks Tom for this most excellent brew! Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Tap and bottle. The 2006 version is superb. I’ve heard sadly that they are no longer shipping it. So my case will have to last me a year. Brown/red color with a perfect thick head, wonderful balance and counterbalance between the sweek nutty maltiness and the the huge hop flavors. It’s like a baby Dreadnought. Wholly satisfying. Buy it, try it, enjoy it.