jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle at Paul’s. 300th IIPA rating. Pours amber red with white head. nose/taste of pine, sap, resin, maple sap, caramel malt and tree resin. Medium body. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pineapple, pine/grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, juicy pineapple, grapefruit. Hoppy aftertaste lingers very nicely. Watery medium-full body, some resin. Alcohol incredibly well hidden. The Simcoe was evident, and confirmed by the owner as one of the five hops used to make this beer. I’d like to put this side-by-side with Weyerbacher’s Double Simcoe IPA, and see how they compare. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Sampled from Growler courtesy of zrrbrrt. Poured a medium and cloudy orange/amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, light pine, orange peels, light berries and pineapples. Tastes of graprefruit, melons, caramel, and also had a very light tart berry finish. Alcohol content well hidden. Interesting to find out this was an Organic beer (I usually find organic beers thin and watery - could it be that those brewers just suck). jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2008
on tap-pours a rich retaining light tan head that laces and amber color. Aroma is great grapefruit/citrus/pine hops (cascade, later lemon zest/Amarillo shows up), some sweetness. Taste is great grapefruit/citrus/pine hops (cascade, later lemon zest/Amarillo shows up), some sweetness, secondary medium malt. Finish is bitter pine/resiny. OK carbonation. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2009
Source: Brewfest, GABF
hazy orange, frothy off white head,
sweet fruty tangerine aroma,
rich crystal malt flavor, lots of fruity hop character, light bitterness adds little balance,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
My Bottom Line:jredmond (8508) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2014
This hugely malty American Strong Ale brings together caramelized and toasted cereals in a round and oily mouthfeel where earthy and resinous hop leave their pleasant trail of bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the dark amber red.
-If you are a fan of Stone’s Double Bastard and beers of that ilk, this will be for you.
-The luxurious body of this brew is one of its best features. Its big, but never sticky or too sweet.
-The Chinook signature is prevalent throughout, yet I can’t help but think a bit more variety in the hop profile would have rendered a bit more complexity.
-Mild alcohol warmth touches the back end.
-Hops are also leafy and wooden throughout.
On tap at the Torrington location.
Bottle shared at Paul’s May 2014 tasting. Pours an amber body with thin white lacing. Notes of sweet caramel malt, light fruit and spice. Syrupy hop character on the palate. Too much sweetness overall. PhillyCraft (7716) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle shared by someone at Pauls. thanks. Poured amber orange with thin head and lacing. Aroma and flavor were caramel malt, orange hops, and toffee. Way too sweet, needed way more hops and bitterness. ben4321 (6669) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Oak Tree (CT), 8/2/13
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Aroma: The aroma is sweet for the style, with caramel/fruit, some booze, and some pine/fruit hop
Appearance: It pours a dark orange color with a huge (2 + fingers) foam of frothy beige head
Flavor: The taste is plus sweet, and mid-plus bitter, but the sweetness just makes it feel off-style
Palate: The body is medium-full, it is sticky, with lively carbonation, finishes dry and a touch hot
This one wasn’t a favorite for me. The hop presence is really just not that exciting, and there’s too much sweetness. It’s a fine beer, but it its toward the bottom of the style for me.
Pours amber with a tan rocky head. Smells of bitter citrus, some grass, hints of resin, some spice and doughy. Tastes citrussy and resiny with a caramel finish.