jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2008
On-tap, served in a imperial pint glass.
L: Clear woody amber with a pale beige head of puffed up creamy foam. Good head retention and light amounts of ringed splotchy lace follows the head down the glass.
S: Tropical fruits, grapefruit zest, orange blossoms and oily pine needles, this has a great hop bouquet aroma. Light backing of spicy rye bread and caramel. As it warms hints of spicy alcohol comes out.
F&T: This is definitely an Imperial Rye Ale, big malty body and the hops to match, and the more I consume, more the alcohol starts to creep up on me. Spicy, earthy brown rye bread and caramel malts. I am wondering like in the regular Cane & Ebel if palm sugar is being used again because there are some candied citrus hop flavors going on. Sweet tropical fruits, candied grapefruit and orange peel with just traces of pine resins.
This is dangerously easy to drink, a mouthful of sweet and spicy tastes, I hope this makes its way into 22 oz. bomber bottles sometime soon.
ARH (1139) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2014
On tap poured into a sampler glass. The notes are a very pleasant combination of tropical fruits, roasted grain, and juicy citrus. It pours a deep, rich, clear, woody brown-orange with lots of soft, fuzzy white head. This retains and laces really nicely. It’s a well balanced medium / medium-high sweet and bitter. The texture is viscous and thick with lots of soft, fuzzy carbonation. The full body finishes with orange, sugar, and bread crust. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. The aftertaste is a dry rye note which lingers, but it’s fresh and clean. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2008
On tap at the maproom, thanks to Drewbeerme for telling me about this. I was almost going to break my milestone tradition of Two Brothers but 2B had to come back strong and thus rating #500. Dark brown almost opaque with medium off-white head and very interesting lacing. American citrus hop aroma with mild caramel, but very hop strong. Strong citrus and pine bittering hop flavor with sweet caramel malt, slight cherry and burnt rye. Medium to full body that is creamy and chunky not unlike the DL ’07 body. Overall the hops can come off as being slightly antiseptic but other than that solid and pleasing. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2008
tap at maproom...glad this was still around by the time i got there on saturday....poured an alluring opaque caramel brown with a fluffy/creamy off-white head.....a nice tropical hop assertiveness in the nose that was very welcoming....an abundnace of tropical hops that perfectly interplays with the sweet caramel malt. it never really got bitter at all and the mouthfeel was almost perfect. johnnnniee (4457) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Review from notes, sampled 2/23/2008
Received this in trade from jaustin72403 Thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. This off white head that dissipates quickly but laces the glass on the way down. Aroma is piney citrusy grapefuity hops with some caramel malt in there too. Taste follows the smell but adds a sharp rye twang to it. Hop bitterness hangs in there long after each sip. Great brew, I really enjoyed it.
drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2008
on tap at maproom. pours a dark reddish brown with creamy off white head. the aroma is loaded with PNW hops, piney, citrus, and grapefruit hop notes, while a malty backbone comes through in the nose as well. the flavor has big sweet malty back bone balanced well with lots of PNW piney and grapefruit hop notes. the 10% abv isn’t noticed at all! while the body is med and carbonation really smooth this is really drinkable. perhaps some more hop bitterness could have balanced the sweet caramel malts but this is still really good. it actually reminded me of AleSmith Decadence 06 if they released it right away instead of waiting several months. this is likely Two Brothers at its best and I hope they bottle this. holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2008
On tap at Sheffield’s. Served in a goblet for $5. Pours a ruby brown with a soapy off white head that laces down. Cherries, plums, darkfruits in the aroma. Grapefruit and fresh hops peek out from under the fruity malts. Plums and dark fruits in the flavor. Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of anise. Creamy and smooth with a long bitter finish. Really fresh and bitter but not overly so. Very drinkable and delicious. SacSirPlato (19) - New Buffalo, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Maproom in Chicago: Deep copper, reddish hue. The nose is a big complex array of toffee and big piney, spicy hops. Taste is bready, caramelly and big on citrus hops. Creamy palate. Finish is dry and bitter. This is great and very drinkable! TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a dark caramel brown with no head. Nose is hoppy malty and sweet. The mouthful is a bit watery but that is deceptive as the flavors although a bit disjointed are full bodied. Rich ad malty, with a hint of the abv. Lots of hop notes and a strong bitter finish. Big and solid. Tstamba (786) - Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Taster. Beautiful liver chestnut color with foamy tan head. Hop forward with big citrus and pine notes. Well balanced with smooth bitter finish... Good one!!!