BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Malty caramel with spice and dark fruit. Good carbonation. Light resiny pine bitterness throughout. Smooth finish with a touch of orange rinds. Tasty. b3shine (8874) - Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.; thanks douglas88). Looks good; a semi-transparent amber with off-white lacing. Smells and tastes sweet, malty, and hoppy with a touch of caramel and booziness. Good on the palate. Good beer! LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - APR 24, 2013
Dark amber pour with red highlights and a lasting light doe head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is light faded hops, caramel, brown sugar, some vanilla, with dark fruit throughout. Flavor is much more dark fruit dominant, with some aromatic malts coming through. Really wasn’t expecting the malt character out of this beer seeing the pour, but was pleasantly surprised. A bit of oxidized hops on the finish rounds things out nicely, without being too flat or papery. Nice beer. fidelis83 (2441) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Dark amber to garnet pour with a 2-3 finger creamy beige head that has great retention and leaves good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel, wet cereal, earthy grain, then floral, spicy, citrus and fresh pine hops, light bready and tree fruit notes. Flavor is dark caramel, fruity yeast, an odd hint of banana here and there, earthy grain, light toffee, then sweet and bitter citrus, earthy floral, pine, cooked guava and spicy hops. Medium body, dry, slightly chewy entry, light to medium carbonation, light boozy warmth, dry, slightly astringent finish. Good stuff for sure, I don’t know why this isn’t classed as an IPA, but it’s good. wlajwl (6812) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Aroma is pine, bread and spices. The flavor is grapefruit, malts, fruit, mild hop resin and a spicy/slightly sour finish.
mtravis63 (30) - Haughton, Louisiana, USA - DEC 22, 2014
From 12 oz. bottle. A little scent of caramel, nuttiness, spruce, and faint citrus. Amber/Copper color with thin tan head and medium lacing. Lightly bitter and slightly acidic feel to the palate with a stinging feeling for about a minute after taste continuing to a and hop resin finale. A very thin texture with little carbonation. Overall the First One Down wouldn’t be my last one I would drink! AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Fresh but substantial notes in the aroma: characteristically fruity Amarillo hops, grapefruit, a bit of peach, some molasses, candied orange peel, a little pine, and dark caramel. The alcohol becomes a factor toward the bottom third of the glass. Sturdy mouthfeel, with mild carbonation and a medium body. The taste leans bitter, with some dark-caramel sweetness that maybe obscures some of the freshness brought by the hops. Otherwise very enjoyable and tasty -- and yes, warming. Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Sampled at the Bockyhorsey tasting, Caramel aroma hits the nose. Amber body. Carmel thickness and moderately sweet. Good winter warmer berr. zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Not the largest fan of the variety, but this beer surprised me. Crisp flavor. Hops nice and smooth to the tongue. viet959 (81) - , Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Nice head and lacing, clear dark amber color. Smells of hops, citrus, ligh malt. Taste is of carmel, malt, hops, citrus. This is a very good session beer. Reminds me of a light Arrogant Bastard.