greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 20, 2012
12 oz bottle. Ok, I have no clue how to describe this. I asked my wife what the beer smells like and she said, "hmm pinecones". It does have hints of pine, grass, citrus, etc. Flavor is strange too. However, I think this one is overrated. A for effort and uniqueness. jeremytoni (3079) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2012
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Light malty hoppy flavor with a quick finish. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2012
The pour is a very dark brown with a full, creamy, tan head which settles to a creamy froth and leaves drippy, soapy lace. The nose is certainly interesting with definite Nelson Sauvin notes of juicy lychee and kiwi, lots of fresh grass, some dirty leaf notes, melons, light resins, and pink grapefruit. The flavor is similar but less juicy; more dirty leafy notes, still grassy, some resins, pink grapefruit, melon, and faint caramel. The palate is medium, soft to lively, drying, and oily. The finish is drying, resinous, still leafy, and melon rind. This one seemed like an amazing beer when I saw it had Nelson Sauvin from a hoppy Stone beer, but there were just too much of dirty leafy notes I usually find in English ales. I am not very familiar with the Delta hops, and I’m not sure I am very fond of them. The hops were so completely dominant without a very intense bitterness, leaving me to wonder why the darker malt were even necessary. I have had much better from Stone. NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2012
Bottled. Fantastic red and citrus fruit aromas with caramel and chocolate. The taste is a letdown though- similar fruit flavors with decent hop levels, but a watery. I don't usually care much about a beer's appearance, but this one isn't lookin' too great- like a watered down black IPA with bobbing chunks (probably my bad for not closely inspecting the contents of the bottle).
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone pfhyde (59) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
This beer was disappointing. I had no idea it was bottle conditioned, otherwise I would have not poured out the sediment into my glass--but there it was: a thick yeast/malty load that mucked up the flavour of everything thereafter. There’s a lot of potential behind the idea of this beer--it reminds me of a Dopplebock--but its actual offering is a bit flat, home-brew, and disorganized. The more you drink it the better it gets (perhaps because the conditioning load settled to the bottom of the glass), but it still tastes more like a red ale than a (brown) IPA, as advertised. I could see this same beer concept going expertly well if tried again with more organization. Hope is what I feel as I sip along further into my glass.
JulienHuxley (5855) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle. Brown pour with thin white head, light lacing. Aroma of molasses, quite potent, peppery hops, hops are rather timid. Flavor is sweet, molasses and roasty, bitter finish. Thick palate, med carbonation. madmitch76 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2013
9th January 2013TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Opaque dark brown beer, thick pale tan head. Palate is light and semi soft with mild fine carbonation. Softish malt, not sweet. A little malt cream. Decent piney hops, touch of mint. Finishes soft and semi dry and somewhat wishy washy! Mild bitter linger. Okay, lack a bit of cohesiveness.
Bottle. Brown with small whiteish head that fades. Green, piney nose, faint roast. Thin mouthfeel, green and astringent, hardly any malt character. Meh. cocoapuph (10) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Pours a root beer color with a lot or floaties throughout.. definitely smells of an ipa. A slight touch of pine and then grapefruit and orange peels. Taste comes through just a little bitter/hoppy but rounds out pretty nicely with more orange flavors than anything else. Mouth feel is chalky and yeasty. Was an OK beer but the cloudiness didn’t do it for me. dinkle50 (1488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Aroma is sticky hops. Almost marijuana like. Brown liquid. Lots of noticable chunks of sediment. Appearance kind of looks like nasty water. Taste is very bitter. Lots of citrus and hop resin. I like this one. Nice collaboration. Palate is pretty thin. After taste is all hops.