hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 Hand bottled sample acquired in trade with footbalm (thanks!!!). Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of orange peels, lemons, melons, caramel, perfume, and some alcohol. Tastes of citrus, melons, caramel, and has hot alcohol burn in the finish. hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2007
Hand-bottled... Clear orange ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Earthy, herbal nose with loads of black tea and tree bark notes from the fuggle, golding or Willamette hops that were used. The flavor follows suit, but unlike your typical English IPA, this one has more than enough hop bitterness. A boatload of moderately sweet malt is evident, but doesn’t rain on this "hop parade." The alcohol is warming, but not annoying. Full-bodied and very creamy with medium carbonation. Lengthy, astringent, dry finish. A big SHOUT goes out to footbalm for shipping this 12 oz. sample my way! kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Name: FestivusCaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2007
Mode: Hand Bottled
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy white head,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma,
Flavor: caramel malt flavor with a light peppery spiced malt character, sweet caramel malt, a bit cloying, lots of bitterness,
Overall: the extremes without the balance in the middle,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Hand-bottle, courtesy of footbalm, sampled on 1/6/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Sweet, lightly toasty caramel malty aroma has a fresh, grapefruity hoppy presence. Body starts sweet, toasty and caramely with a good toasty malt flavor and an earthy bittersweet finish. JK (6146) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2007
IPA? Get outta here. This beer has a pleasant aroma of herbs and spices. The flavor is a letdown however, with weird grasses; corn, rotting vegetable matter. It looks good enough, cloudy yellow and a thick white head. Usually Town Hall does a good pale ale, but this beer is a failure.
badgerben (5173) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Cask. Murky dark orange color with a thin head. Very light hop aroma. Woah... bombastic hops in the flavor. Massive lemony hops with a pine back. The cask version of this has a very slick mouthfell. A little honey sweetness on the finish. Not what I would expect for a winter/holiday brew, but a fine one in any case. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this hand bottled gem. Pours a tanslucent golden amber with a smaller off white bubbly head that left slight lacing. Aroma of sweet grapefruit, tangerine, perfume, hints of alcohol and earthy. Flavors was very earthy with some decent hop bitterness, grapefruit, alcohol. Bitterness really lingers on the tongue. Actually reminded me of the Weyerbacher 11 with its earthy/english hops and alcohol but which got mixed reviews here on rate beer but that I was a fan of. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2007
This poured an almost clear dark copper color with a thin off-white head. The aroma had some fruity malt and earthy hoppiness. Huge sweet piney malt flavor with the middle being very big. The finish was long with a huge bitterness. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Floral aroma, sugar sweet. Clear amber with clinging off-white head. But the flavor didn’t compare: layers of grape and effervescent fruitiness but a bitter note, partly metallic, ruins the finish. Smooth, tingling palate. (on tap at brewpub) SpringsLicker (3637) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2007
Thanks to footbalm for sending this one so that I could share it at the pre Cask Ale Tasting.
This IIPA pours amber with a firm white head.
Earthy, muted hop aroma typical of an English IPA.
The flavor is dry and bitter, but is well supported by the malt base.
The lack of alcohol in the profile is surprising for a beer of this strength.