Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
Thanks to drabmuh for opening this bottle. Served in a snifter.
Pours a dark amber-red color with a really nice light tan head and quite a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings a fair amount of citrus and pine hops plus a bit of oak and some sweet amber malt. The taste brings more of the same with a fairly-strong oak presence plus some citrus and pine hops. Body is medium with a slight bitterness. Overall, a decent beer but a bit time and the flavors and scents never really seemed to pop or meld. Hopefully The Bruery will stray out toward styles like this more often, as this was a step in a positive direction.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-19-2010 blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2011
bottle, thanks to mora2000, amber colored pour with good foam head, aroma is piney malts, flavors of clover, cocoa powder with a bready finish TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
Tulip draft on tap at Hopleaf (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice deep coppery hue, a good glow, healthy haze, with a big frothy cakey tannish head, light, sticks around, laces well. Aromas are a healthy dose of citrusy hops, lemons and grapefruit, florals, faint pine, with a touch of melon, moving into toffee, oranges, a touch of spiciness. Initial is really crazy, a blast of vanilla beans up front which mellows the initial hop onslaught, a growing bitter hop bite, lemons and florals, grass, touches of grapefruit. Some toffee, biscuits, and toast, the vanilla really sticks on the initial moving into decent florals, bitterness into the finish. Lingering touches of spicy and mellow vanilla envelopes the palate, kills away the big hop bitterness, cool and sweet. Into the backend, more soapy and floral bitterness comes out, touches of more mellow orange, some earthy maltiness, toast, biscuits, lingering toffee into the end of the middle. Finish is orange and lemon, decent bitterness, lingering vanilla, touches of spice. Really interesting, the vanilla transforms the beer, but not for worse. Very interesting, strangely enjoyable with the vanilla not getting too crazy. Some Orange Dream bar elements.. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
Draft at hopleaf, nose has citrusy hops, plasticy caramel malt, flavors stale doughy malts, citrus, grapefruit, oak, hints of vanilla, sweet booze finish. Perhaps a little fresher this could be good but as is not impressive. boamr (310) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
Pours an amber color with a huge amount of head to it. Can smell the hops as soon as I poured it. Nice piny hop smell to it. Wow very hoppy for an amber ale but I can pick some of the oak. Would of been a nicer beer if it weren’t as hoppy.
rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
Pours a reddish brown with a huge thick and foamy off white head that leaves tons of lacing. Aroma is several hop varieties, herbs, oak, caramel and malt. Flavor is hop forward with the oak following immediately. A bit of caramel and malt in the finish, but any sweetness is masked by the oaky tannins and hop bitterness. Enjoyed this one. dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - APR 12, 2011
Bottle shared by Dosbeerigos. Dark red color, not a lot of lacing but a pretty fluffy head. Hoppy aroma with hints of oak and malt. Flavor had hints of herb and hops with a nice malt backing. Not a lot of notes on this one but it was a great beer. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2011
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured reddish with an off-white head. Decent hop flavors with decent amount oak and malt tones. Some spice and citrus. Mild tanginess and hand some hard candied tones. The finish had some tea-life spiced, earthiness. fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 3, 2011
nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2011
[ Courtesy of Secret Winter Santa ]. Clear medium to dark red amber color with a large to huge, frothy to creamy, goodr lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, berry, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, orange - citrus, wood - vanilla - oak. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and heavy bitter with a long to average duration, dry, thin, light salty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to lively. 
Bottle from my friend Jeanine - thanks, Doc! Pours a hazy amber color witha frothy offwhite head. Smells and tastes of red apples, orange citrus, oak, and vanilla. I can dig it.