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Review by younger35 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 4 8 2010
Picked up a four pack at the nearest place to my house, Four Firkins. I’ve had this brew a couple times before as 16 Grit. Hopefully it’s the same! Drank from my Guinness nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light copper orange with a beautiful one finger off-white head that is fluffy and nice. A decent cap and collar remain along with plenty of spotty lacing.
Smell- So fresh and fruity with a big grapefruit, pineapple and mango aroma that pops out of the glass. A bit of alcohol is noticeable but nothing overwhelming. Maybe a touch piney but it’s more tropical than anything. Like Furious, it has a decent caramel malt smell that seems to be slightly more than I remember out of 16 Grit.
Taste- Big bite of bitter hops right from the get go with loads and loads of grapefruit and orange peel. Immediately after the big rush of hops a sweet malty undertone moves in keeping the beer from really being overly bitter. While the bitterness is certainly there, I think the malt sweetness outweighs it, especially in the aftertaste. The malt is full of caramel and slightly rich with a light grainy aspect. The beer remains fruity for the duration though as a touch of alcohol sneaks through in the finish. The sweetness lingers.
Mouthfeel- Very heavy and rich with a very light bite of carbonation that really adds to the creaminess of the beer.
Drinkability- This beer is a bit different than 16 Grit and I have no idea if that is by design. It’s not as dry and the malt sweetness is kicked up a bit. That being said it’s still an extremely good beer and crazy drinkable for 9%. I was expecting something along the lines of Hopslam (like 16 Grit was) and got something more like Furious (and that’s a good thing). Another winner!

Price: $18.00 Served In: Pint Glass