papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 Hazy peach color with a generous rocky off white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity and barley wine like. Flavor is rich and fruity sweet with orange, some alcohol, turning dry and orange rind bitter in the finish. Palate is rich, smooth and sticky. Pricey at $8.99 for 22 oz. in Dayton Ohio. I’ve had better for a lot less. Over rated IMHO. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2005
22oz bottle thanks to my man Chris (Styles): Pours to a mostly clear medium amber that really glows warmly. There’s a slight chill haze in the body with an almost nonexistent head retaining well atop the beer. I can smell this one at arms lenght just pouring it. At first scent it’s almost all pine-like hops, almost like having fresh hop cones in your glass. As the beer warms and I spend more time with my nose over the glass hints of grapefruit, orange, pale malt, tangerine, and just the barest scent of alcohol come through. First sip: wow, this is increadibly bitter. The IBU’s must be through the roof here (even though I know we can’t taste much over 100). My mouth almost recoils from the assault. I should state here that normally I’m not a big fan of hop-dominated beers, but this one really works. Why? After that first bitter attack, my taste buds give it a second go and multiple flavors emerge in my mouth: dusty light malt, ripe grapefruit, bitter orange rind, tangerine, strong pine hops, a brief hint of chamomile, flowers, and then back to grapefruit/pine hops finishing very bitter. The finish is identical to that of biting into a grapefruit rind and having brewed a beer with grapefruit rind, I have to wonder if they’re not using some here. The hops usage here is masterfully executed, and the reason I’m able to enjoy this one is the fact that they’ve used just enough malt to provide a minimal & mostly hidden sweet backbone that works in combination with subtle hints of alcohol to allow all the hop flavors to appear and re-appear to the taste buds. Licking the lips after a few sips tastes indentical to that time you licked your finger after cleaning hop pellet gunk out of your funnel filter while transfering to the carboy. Come on, we know you did it. Medium-full body, mild-medium carbonation, would be sweet and syrupy without the insane amount of hops here, finishes sweet though your palate is fooled into believing it’s dry due to the bitterness. Very nice. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2005
22 oz. bomber. A full on assault of citrus and pine aromas which carry through to the taste. A good bitter finish. One hell of beer. zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Thanks Dough77 for this wonderful beer! Pours a gorgeous amber color with a very small head and not really any lasting lacing. The aroma is oh so wonderful with strong hops and oranges. The flavor is delicious with hints of grapefruit, oranges, hops and the slighest (which only serves to compliment the flavor) alcohol bite at the end! alobar (3793) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Thanks to richlikebeer for this fine beer.
Cloudy amber color. Sweet aroma with some citrus scent. Balanced taste with some bitterness and sweet taste. Awesome beer!
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2005
Thin light amber body that is clear and carbonated. Barely any head. Strong hop, pine, sweet orange peel aroma. Solid flavor of hop balanced with sweet blend of malt. Slight hint of alcohol. Creamy smooth palate. Bitter hop finish. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Bottle. Orange pour, slightly copper. Huge citrusy, grapefruit rindy, piney, slightly bitter even aroma. Wonderful grapefruit rindy citrusy orange hop flavors with lots of sweet caramel malt backing. Well balanced. Huge lingering bitter bite, and the sticky malt flavors linger a bit too. allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Bottled. Poured a cloudy, tawny orange with a thinnish head, though the lacing was okay. The aroma is dominated by hops, flowery, with notes of orange peel. The palate is moderately thick, very pleasing, and the flavor is overwhelmingly hoppy. The malt that is discernable has caramel notes to it, but this is another beer for the hop lovers out there. The alcohol isn’t an up-front presence, as it is in the case of a barley wine, but you can feel it hovering in the background, as the flavor fades into the aftertaste Had to travel to obtain this bottle, but it was well worth it! TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 6, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2006 Picked this up at Ortinos Northside, they just got it, but unfortunetly they were selling it for $13.50 a bottle. Pours a translucent light orange amber with a small off white head. The aroma is strong. Almost hard to really describe. Picking up orange peel or orange candy almost with some pine. The flavor is citrus with some alcohol in the tail. Hops for sure, but again hard to put into words...just good. this one felt great on the palate, creamy for an IPA.
Re-rate. I figured I would re-rate since the first bottle I had was shared and was served a bit on the cold side. My description above stays pretty much the same. This 2nd time around the aroma just blew me away. TBone (17541) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Golden amber color, not much head. Very strong aroma of blackcurrant leaves. Medium to full bodied. Aggressive sweet honeyish hoppyness, some blackcurrant also in the flavor. Unbalanced, not my cup of tea.