maekchu (1973) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from Five Points Bottle Shop (Atl Hwy). Light tangy bitter nose, some light floral sweet notes. Medium amber color, thick rocky head. Light balanced initial / chewy malt and some tangy fruit / mild bitter finish. Thin-medium body. Not quite as light as it thinks it is. What’s that space monkey for?
HonkeyBra (3271) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cool 12 oz can with a Monkey on it. The world needs more cans with Monkeys on it. Pours a slightly hazed orangish amber pour with a medium white head, lots of lacing. Aroma of orange, citrus, pine. Some floral and tropical fruit notes. Flavor is medium bitterness with mild malt sweetness. Finishes somewhat bitter.
IndianaRed (2330) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can at Brewforia Eagle. Hazy light golden. Firm white head. Plenty of bitterness but not a lot of fresh hop flavor. Moderate light malt body. Pretty bitter to be "sessionable" but not big or hoppy enough for an IPA. Somewhat soapy/perfumy hop flavors.
reberiii (309) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little brother to Brew Free or Die. Juicy while not being stronger in alcohol. Slight metal hop taste. Nice piney nose. White foam with sticky lacing. Bit of sweetness.
Eberndt (165) - - FEB 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great copper color when poured. Piney hops flavor and quite bold taste for such a low abv beer
annunz123 (852) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pine needles, grass, citrus, and a little caramel malt in the aroma. Taste is bitter but relatively mild, with a little underlying malt sweetness. Some fruit bitterness in the finish. Plenty tasty for a relatively low alcohol beer.
JStax (2854) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce can poured into a teku glass. Pours a clear copper with a fluffy white head of foam. The aroma is perfume and crockery. Herbal as well. Tastes fairly bitter and resinous. Light to medium body. Very carbonated. Maybe a little over carbonated.
GarrettB (998) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
July 4th, 2012 - Happy topic beer drinking 4th of July! Why not celebrate a national holiday of independence by drinking in a small part of the constitution? After having sampled both the Back to Black and watermelon beer, I wasn’t sure which direction the Bitter American would go: excellence or hideousness, so I went to the tasting voting booth. The Bitter American features a very spicy aroma, dusted with the scents of sandalwood and patchouli, and all the aromas I recall from hippy markets ranging from New York to Tokyo. The flavor is similarly spiced, though not in an unappealing way, thanks in part to the addition of mild apple flavors, and touches of both clove and cinnamon. It’s a perky beer for sure, and requires breaks between sips, but quite enjoyable, and much more in the Back to Black’s camp.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Freshly canned and on draught at Deep Ellum, 2012
White head is initially full and frothy, receding eventually to cover atop a bright golden body with light amber tints. Clear.
Fresh, clear, clean hoppiness in the nose has plentiful fruitiness and a very good amount of stiff pine. Bready malts stay out of the way, for the most part, while the hops do the work.
Bitter, as the name implies, but not to the point of being fatiguingly so, even taking in to account the lower alcohol and lighter malt profile. Still, there is some sweetness here (honey, graham crackers) though the malt mostly adds body and texture. Lots of white grapefruit and orange on the finish, with a bit too much pine resin, perhaps. No alcohol noted. Really nice beer for someone looking for a lower alcohol beer but still interested in a hop bomb. Carbonation is moderate, a touch loose, leading to a bit of wateriness on the end (which is perfectly in character with the beer, IMHO).
Maxbier (152) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Aroma of bread, yeast, apples. Slightly cloudy yellow with white head. Nice floral hopy from beginning to end. Finish is malty and hopy balance. The hop flavor in the finish fades to a lemony mild sourness.