ElGaucho (2033) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Irish Pub at Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, WI. Served in a paper cup so canít see it other than thin yellow head and amber body. Initial mouthfeel is lovely hop and roasted malt. A pleasant surprise. Really nice hop profile.
ChainGangGuy (4120) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours out a clear, deep amber-gold body with a small-sized, near white head.
Smell: Boldly floral, resiny, grassy hops with fruity notes of ruby red grapefruit (plus pith), peach puree, papayas packed in syrup. You can find a bready, grainy, toasty malt base patiently waiting underneath the aromatic hop wafts.
Taste: Sweetish, bready malts firmly affixed to toasted grains. Light caramel hint. As with the aroma, itís grassy, floral, and resinous, with fruity tastes of grapefruit and papaya. Moderate bitterness. Some more of that initial toastiness tries to make its presence known, but it remains predominately hoppy and bitter until the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Pleasant hop-forward amber.
AWISLguy (664) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a very clear copper-orange with an off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma has a surprising hop presence - citrusy orange - with a nice sweet malty caramelness. Head-to-head comparison with Hopalicious did not show it to be much less hop forward. Taste was sweetly hoppy with a more present caramel backbone. Finishes sweet and with some solidity. Pleasantly surprised as adding hop depth is how I like my ambers.
XmnwildX12 (1472) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this beer at the 4th Annual Casanova Beer Cave Festival. Subtle bitterness, rather light taste.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome extra received courtesy of BeerFMAndy (BA) in a recent trade. Thanks, Andy!
Poured into my pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber/copper color with a good inch-sized off-white head on top. Decent retention, and it leaves some sticky lace in its wake. Smells very hoppy, of the citrus variety. Also some candied malts and brown sugar come through as well. Every time I sip this, Iím getting bombarded with good scent.
The feel of this is a little thin than what I would like, but itís alright. Could use a bit more body. This beer is actually much more malty than I expected. I was expecting a wave of bittering hops, but instead whatís there is a simple delicious mild hop profile, with a toasted caramel-flavor on the finish. This is really well-balanced and well-made.
Trev (1660) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks again Dan.
Copper pour with a thick soapy looking head.
aroma is bready, caramel, nice herbal hop to it.
Nice woody/herbal hop flavour. Light to medium malt sweetness. Clean light bitter finish.
nearbeer (3048) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2012 12 oz. Amber with a nice little head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, light resin and cocoa. Taste is caramel, resin, citrus and a hint of roast. Light-medium body is balanced and has medium carbonation.
portableparty (1596) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from arkurzynski. Pours hazy amber with a quick soapy white head that fades to a film and soapy collar. Aroma is sweet caramel malt with subtle hop nose. Taste is more caramel malt and smooth hops that round it all off. Palate is medium and sticky with a good drying finish. Solid brew that is easy drinking.
doubelknv3 (879) - Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hop floral and caramel aroma. Amber with off-white head and mild lacing. Caramel, hop floral, and mild grapefruit. Great balance with dry finish.
dionysus (1443) - Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is grainy toffee, orange zest, and light florals. Flavor is bready malt, nuts, and light earth. Overall body is light to moderate and the finish is moderately