MrBunn (2848) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep ruby brown with a nice two finger head and aromas of crisp lemon and pine, a little bit of soap and some caramel malt. Flavor is fairly decent as well... lots of pine and citrus throughout, but there is a bit of a soap and biting alcohol presence that gets you a bit. Don’t know if the hot alcohol will burn off with age, but this would be excellent if that were the case. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to blutt59. The smell is hops, pine, caramel, and pretty good. The look is amber in color and has an ok off white head. the taste is bitterness, pine, caramel, and fruits. Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 31, 2009
12oz. bottle. Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma of citrusy hops, a touch of toasted malts, a hint of sweetness, and grapefruit. Tastes bitter with hops, toasty, caramel, a hint of citrus. Very dry on the tongue. A nice start to NYE. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours an amber body with a medium beige head. Aroma of freshly ground raw corn grain, grass, pine, earth, and florals. Flavor of pine, herbs, roasted malt, and caramel with a bitter finish. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Thanks to Dave for the bottle! Poured deep brown with a bloody tint to it.. nice cap of milky-beige head stuck around for a while. The aroma picked up fresh earth, floral, and pine resin hoppage over toasted caramel and nutty malts.. warm and spicy on the back of the nose. The flavor found spicy, and, well, brassy hops per the description all the way through (mostly black pepper and resiny pine).. caramel and nutty sweetness again at the core.. bright hop kick and alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. overall just a bit too hot and abrasive, but otherwise tasty. I’d have another, and I’d like to see how it does with age.
hellomisterp (58) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2010
32oz growler. Pours a dark, but attractive brown with a 1 inch head that fades away. Chewy and maltly. Malts dominate this beer. The ABV shows up at the end while hiding behind the cabonation during the initial taste. 1 pint is the right amount for this crafty beer. evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Thanks to Dave for this bottle. Pours dark crimson. Nice carbonation, but not enhancing the aroma. Some floral, ginger and resin. Decent malt backbone here. Not too hoppy. The citrus is there; just way in the backgound. More forefront is the caramel, spice and dough. Smooth finish.
There isn’t much going on here; but I don’t have anything bad to say about this beer. Not over hoppy; not too malty; no strong alcohol finish. Well done for a 9% beer at this price point.
drfabulous (8575) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Very malty, bready IPA. Hops lend to the malt. English IPA style. Musty. Ok overall. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2010
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 12oz bottle from megamaltman, thanks John... Pours a mostly opaque cherry cola reddish brown with a fluffy head just a few shades darker than ivory... Aroma of an interplay between juicy citrus hops and a balancing caramel malt backbone. A little bit more pine comes into play as it warms... Flavors have more of a citrus hop and pine bitterness component moreso than malt but I wouldn’t say that it is not a little sweet especially through the middle. Pillowy carbonation but the flavor lacks a bit of focus overall and the astringency in the finish was somewhat distracting for me.