phaleslu (10673) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Draft served in a pint glass at The Federal in Durham. Pours a clear amber color with a small tan head that laces the glass. Aroma of pine and spicy hops pops right out of the glass, along with notes of mild winter spices, sweet malts, grass, and herbs. Flavor of pine resin, earthy hops, grapefruit citrus, caramel malts- just a lot of hops and resin. Medium-bodied, with a bitter, resinous mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I didn’t realize going into this that it wasn’t a spicy, malty Christmas-type beer, but a boozy, hop-forward one that drinks more like an imperial IPA (JCB may have warned me, but I for some reason just remembered him saying it was good and I had to try it). Glad I got to try this one and I enjoyed it a lot. arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2011
Pours hazy reddish brown, off white head. Aroma is straight up IPA, with grass, pine, resinous hops and a touch of fruit. Taste is bitter grass, floral, pine hops with a touch of biscuit, finishing extremely harshly bitter and lasting. douglas88 (9632) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 26, 2010
An awesome find at the Sharper Edge Brasserie in Washington County. Listed as Paul’s Christmas Ale, Duck Rabbit. Pours a bright copper color with a small white head. A sweet rich hoppy flavor with equally large caramel malt aromas. A great flavor; aggressive hops, pine and bitterness, some citrus, caramel and toasted malts. Very good. What a surprise seeing this in Pittsburgh! It was a Christmas miracle. FROTHINGSLOSH (8150) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Sampled on draft at Smokin’ Joes’s in Pittsburgh PA this beer poured a dark caramel-amber color with a huge foamy beige head that lingered and produced great lacing. The aroma was fruity, spicy and a bit bitter. The flavor was very bitter with a strong pink grapefruit juice element and notes of sweet caramel. Strong pink grapefruit slams in again after the short sweet interlude and the hops coat the tongue and will not leave. The finish was insanely long. Fairly full bodied but a bit boozy. Excellent. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
Thanks to Blake for this one! Poured medium-amber with a short, fluffy whitish head. The aroma picked up lots of juicy pine, earth, and grassy hops over rather nondescript pale malts.. lots of sugars on the back of the nose. The aroma picked up pale and lesser bready malts at the core.. heavy grassy and grapefruit bitterness around.. more bitter than anything else.. quite hot in the end. Very bitter as mentioned on the palate.. just an OK feel and flow.. not well balanced.
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2010
This poured a somehwat murky light brown color with an off white head. Aroma was lots of piney dank hops also with a good bit toast and caramel malts too. Flavor was full bodied smooth caramel intertwined with very heavy and bright citrus and pine notes from the hops. Another winner from Duck Rabbit. emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Draught at Milltown. Pours a clean ruby copper with one to two fingers of creamy light tan head. Nose is extremely hop, very delicate and green, citrus rind and grapefruit flesh. Flavor is strong, very rich and resinous hop character, mild caramel and grainy notes with some citrus and a mild peanut hull presence. Palate shows a strong bitterness and medium body. Looks and smells awesome. Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2011
Sampled on tap at Sam’s Quik Stop. The guy said it was "saint paul’s christmas ipa" so I guess this is what he was referring to? I can totally see how it could be considered an DIPA, it was huge resinous and citrusy hop. Near clear golden amber pour with good tan head. Some caramel backbone lent itself nicely to the mix, but overall, a hop bomb. Hid the abv pretty well too. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Draught at Milltown. Pours a slightly hazy, bright, amber with a small white head and great lace. Snifter is definitely/almost always the way to go. Nose is big hops! You can tell it was dry hopped--lots of fresh green, some pine, floral, citrus. Flavor is a bit more balanced, but still way over-hoppy (which I like) and the alcohol is there and present, but it doesn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the brew too much. Could maybe use a tad more malt balance, but I just drank this as a double ipa. Really good beer. Three cheers for MrFacto (who brewed this beer)! Awesome job, Matt! JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2011
On tap a few times in December, at The Federal and Tyler’s. Bright ruby pour, with a faintly cloudy center, like a furnace at work. Lively carbonation, frothy head. Nose is really intense, strong spicy hops with abundant citrus and a healthy dose of sweet malts. Crisp, at times creamy mouthfeel, very warming and spice on the palate. Flavor is very nice, with hints of super-hopped brown ale and a greater portion that’s raucous ASA. Bitter and resinous through and through, deliciously so. Perhaps Paul’s Sabbatical is next?