SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Draught at The Bruery’s anniversary. Amber color with an off-white head. Sticky, dank hop aroma with pine resin and grapefruit. Straight-up west coast IPA. Quite hoppy in a piney fashion, with light toasty malt. Finishes with lasting bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very much like a hoppy pale ale/IPA, but with a slightly different character than is typical, you might even say Belgian-influenced, but it doesn’t jump out at you. The Bruery can definitely do hoppy beer. Now I want a Belgian DIPA. JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Pours clear dark amber, creamy 1 finger off-white head, incredibly long lasting, settling into a slighty thinner creamy cap but never going away. Walls of lacing.
Nose is piney, sharp, slightly astringent. Very clear and clean.
Taste explodes with piney hops, clear, fresh and green. Lightly astringent. Bitterness is surprisingly light for how much flavor comes through, which is a nice surprise. Lightly toasty malt underneath, peeks through towards the finish. Simple, but executed with great finesse.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light carbonation - well matched to the flavor.
Nicely drinkable to the hop lovers out there, especially because the hop bitterness doesn’t seem to build up, and astringency is held to a minimum. Flavorful without going overboard. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 16, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 On tap at the bruery
This poured an opaque amber with reddish highlights with a one fingered off white head. The flavor was dry up front with a slightly sweet finish. Very enjoyable, it would be a good session beer. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 17, 2009
On tap. Pours with a foamy, off-white head and a hazy dark amber body. Good lacing. Tons of citrus and spicy hops with a bit of fruit. Surprised at the ABV. Taste is a bit of Belgian yeast, earthiness, and spicy hops. Lively bubbles and a bit dry. Very good, stuff. padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
On tap at the brewery. Flavors of hops and some orange peel, spruce. Dry but very good.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
On tap at Bruery. Amber pour with thick white head. Flavor of piney hops and spice. Dry and very good. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
On tap at Blind Tiger. I seemed to have enjoyed this more than other people. Amber in color with a medium off white head. Aroma of fresh, resinous hops- citrus, some pine, and some light belgian yeast suggestions. Taste has a good deal of hops- fresh citrus, somewhat earthy and resinous with some mild musty and estery belgian yeast. Bitterness got strong in the finish. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
On tap at the Bruery’s 1st anniversary party 5/16/09: Pours a transparent amber copper with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Nice aroma of toasty crystal malt and fresh piny hops. Body starts with good fullness and toasty caramel sweetness with some bready yeasty notes before a crisp bittersweet finish. A well-balanced and enjoyable brew. Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - FEB 3, 2009
From a growler fill at the Bruery poured into a Willi Becher style 0.5 L glass. Aroma is a combination of fresh American hop cirtus with Belgian yeast fruit, spice, and bubblegum. Amber brick orange with a big pillowy beige head. Hop flavor is up front with caramel and toasted malt flavors. A touch of sweetness, but balanced toward bitterness. Higher carbonated like many of their beers. Dry finish with some lingering bitterness and yeast character. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Tap @ Rattle n Hum. Hazy deep amber color with a medium sized off-white head. Big citrus hop forward aroma that covers most of the malt. Some fresh grass at the end. Big citrus and grass hop flavor. Toffee malt taste at the end. Dries out with a very long and bitter finish.