Thanks to Scott of Peace Tree Brewing Company for giving me a bottle of this as well as Blonde Fatale while we were hanging out in the unfinished building of what's to become Back Pocket Brewing Co. We literally set up draw table and chairs upon a gravel floor while the brewers flooded in with samples of their products. We stayed for a couple hours conversing and drinking, and I'd have to say, I had a fantastic time!
Reviewed Sunday afternoon after getting back from Iowa city, and running.
Appearance: The pour is brilliant and clear, and within the glass it takes on a nice ambered hue. There isn't much of a head, except for a trace of foamy white bubbles. Carbonation is persistent as it frequently rises from the base of the glass. Lacing is wet
Aroma: Right at the pour I got an immediate scent of orange peel and citrus. Overall, rather fresh smelling, with subtle hints of pineapple. The malt bill is complex, primarily biscuit and caramel, but there permeates a rich scent estery byproducts of fermentation. Some notes of soapiness, in accompaniment with lemon and more citrus zest from the hops.
Taste: There is an interesting interaction between the malt sweetness and what comes of that. Caramel upfront, as well as a clean 2-row backbone. The midtaste (along with the introduction of the carbonation) begins to introduce a very apparent character of esters and other tropical-esk fruit flavors. The finish is overtly dry with a piney bite and approaching a soapy/grassy bitterness. The warmer the beer becomes, the more alcohol is exposed, leaving the finish overly bitter and dry. The fruitiness and pine complexities quickly fade into a near woody flavor with a very tannic finish.