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 (8567) - 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. sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Definitely a battle between the hops and the malts. I don’t think either wins, but overall a decent beer from a great brewery. This one is a great winter warmer, but is drinkable in the summer too. rmussman (1701) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Sampled in a 12oz bottle. Pours deep brown. Really big hops in this one with a good amount of hops. The roasted flavor is quality. Great brew. presario (4925) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2010
Sample at Ale Mary. Dark copper. Aroma has the expected hops and dark thick malt. Flavour is thick sticky spruce hops and malt. Definately a dark IPA.