mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 22, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2005 Pours deep gold, small white head that dissipated very quickly. Light hoppy/ flowery and yeast aroma. Effervescent and very thin bodied. Alka Setzer taste with a hint of hop bitterness.
Not a very good beer especially when compared to the tasty Turbodog. Tastes like any other nameless, forgettable mass produced brew out there. My guess is that Abita did this on purpose in order to make it as widely acceptable as possible. Still, it’s for a good cause..
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not nearly as crappy as most of their other offerings. Poured a pale golden yellow with a small white head that disappeared quickly. Light hops and malt in the nose...maybe a bit too cold at the moment. Flavor has a nice citric hop edge with some token sweet malts hanging around. Thin bodied....dry finish. Not bad...decent to swill while watching some football.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with goldtwins, thanks Larry!) Best if consumed before 05-Mar-06. Pale golden in color with a moderate haze, several streams of somewhat large carbonation bubbles rise with mild urgency toward the beer’s small, off-white crown. Though not all that aromatic, the unappealing nose is grainy and lightly hoppy. Much stronger contribution in the flavor from the grainy malts as this is the dominant, up-front flavor. Hardly any sweetness at all to this beer. A moderately flavorful hoppiness with a grassy and vegetal quality, and a mild bitterness set in midway through for a fairly balanced finish. That said, I’m not really enjoying the taste of this beer much at all. Light bodied but not watery, with fairly lively carbonation on the palate. Retention is fair, the head fading to a ring while leaving almost no lacing on the glass. Surely the city of New Orleans deserves a better tasting "restoration ale" than this. Nevertheless, hats off to Abita for the good intentions and generosity.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light gold. Big-bubbled collar of white foam. Dirty yeast and biscuity malt aromas with mild peach scents. Crunchy and airy carbonation. Horribly conditioned. Opens briskly malty, yet with a softer touch of candied peach. Quenching, but quite depthless, with ample dryness coupled with delicate drops of acidity. Pervasive rigidness intensifies as more hard minerally dryness sits atop an even stauncher malt frame. Faint yeast notes manage to protrude in the flavor, but they’re nowhere nearly as dirty as the nose suggests. Finishes hollow and sparsely sweet with remnants of hop-derived acidity along with fading whispers of peach and crackery malts. Hardly serviceable.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear very light amber color with a thin white head. Light hopped aroma with hints of honey. Flavor of light sweetness but overall a tad too light.
kramer (5095) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, via Eyedrinkale. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a quickly disappearing fizzy white head. Lightly buttery aroma, some light malt underneath with a grassy hop smell. More butter in the flavor as well. Beyond that, a little bitterness sneaks thru on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little sticky with lively fine bubbled carbonation. Overall, I just can’t get past the buttery flavor in this. Just donate a dollar directly to the hurricane relief effort if you want to help out New Orleans.
hopscotch (9519) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle... Clear, light golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Sublte nose; almost nondescript. The flavor is perfectly balanced, but uninspiring. I can only pick up some tanginess up front, followed closely by a laid-back bitterness. Fairly thin on the palate. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and adequate carbonation. Medium length, almost tart, then dry finish.
PhillyBeer2112 (2544) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pleasing lemony hop aroma, lightly soapy, weak bready malts. Off gold with minimal head and carbonation. A spike of hop flavors up front doesn’t do much, quickly rounding into a vague, blandish sweetness. Finish begins as a tingle of carbonation, a light dab of hops and then nothing at all. Overally pretty flavorless.
jonas (5843) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2006
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Elderflower aroma. Pale golden, low head. Very lightbodied, dry papery malt, elderflower hop counter. Cardboard retronasal. meh
buerckholtz (33) - asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 15, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours hazy gold with a thin white head. Aroma of stale hops bready yeast, and some oxidation. Taste is thin malt and a metalic bitter hop not much hop flavor or aroma. Finishes dry with a sharp prickly finish. At least the some of the cost of this beer goes to a good cause.