60minuteman (1335) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cherry brown color with light tan head. Interesting aroma...honey, hops, dark fruits and cinnamon/spice. Taste is much the same. Light body, taste tapers off too quickly.
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby/brown color with a big tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. Taste of caramel, roasted malts, nuts and hops.
VertBaconStrips (2318) - Blerkablerka, NIUE - AUG 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Is this going to be a good way to use Citra? Initial smell says yes, initial taste says maybe. Ah - Budweiser chalice - is there any beer that you can’t hold? No lights again and the shady natural light only gives this a farm reddish copper hue - totally clear with a medium sized tan bubbly head that fades slowly and leaves a sloppy mess on my high end glassware. I have a BBQ outside that never gets used. I might just roll it into the street tonight. Hopefully someone in a Lexus or jag rips around the corner like an idiot (like usual) and plows into it. A fitting end. Broil King grill - meet Escalade grill - a match made in heaven. Interesting sweet nose blend of toasted malts, toffee and sweet citrus candy. The citrus seems to be a mix of peaches and apricots. This smells really nice - something new. The taste is pretty different and I’ll say that this could appeal to a boatload of people but I’m not sold on it. Yea it’s good but I really wouldn’t want a second one. Buttery caramel, toasty malts and an annoying sharp bitterness with a dose of pokey citrus that doesn’t quite fit. It’s that lemon acidity that I don’t care for. It’s terrible warm!!! (only a mouthful).
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Poured clear ruby brown with a sticky yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up redder fruits and nutty notes with earthy yeast and orangey hops around.. came across with a touch of sourness. The flavor found nutty and caramel maltage at the core, with tart orange zest and slightly-smoked cocoa around.. finished with nutty malts kissed by fresh citrus.. tasty. Light-medium bodied with very good balance through the palate.. very drinkable stuff.
Aquilo (622) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a small head. Aroma is roasted malt, a bit of caramel and some spices. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. The flavor is mild and the mouthfeel is watery. Brown ales always seem to disappoint me by being too watery. Is it just me?
robzilla (86) - - AUG 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great example of a brown ale, nice and malty. It pours a redish brown with a tan head that has good retention. Nose is all malt. Body is medium. The taste is pretty complex, starts off a bit crisp and then gets a little metallic and roasty. I really enjoy this one for its style.
maekchu (3460) - Hirakata, JAPAN - AUG 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Interesting piney hop and sugary aromas, pineapple, plums. Dark translucent brown, creamy 1-2cm. head. Initial is dark brown sugar, and then the hops come slicing through sharply. Some metallic notes in mid. Light body. Very well-balanced beer. Drinkable, tasty stuff.
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Code of 1SP (2011, September, 17th, I think); Sampled July 2012; purchased from Beverages 4 Less
A vigorous pour into my small St. Sebastiaan tulip produces a fat, two-finger thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby-red / brown color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet, raisin leaning crystal malt, ample toasted whole grain brown bread, a peppery herbal note, and an ample English Biscuit like character. There is quite a bit of fruit character in the nose; ample notes of non-descript, dried berries, and definite currant notes play quite a role here. The malt character has quite a bit of complexity to it, somehow spicy and toasted, but much more so than I can describe; it seems that some light oxidation may be setting in that is accentuating this character.
The beer is lightly sweet up front, this picks up some toasted character towards the middle and the finish is dominated by a whole grain and oxidized malt character that provides a rich nutty note, perhaps a touch of madeira, and a slight chalky note. There is an herbal character here, as well as a light bitterness that helps provide some contrast to the dominant malt character. The body of this beer has a certain heft to it, but is certainly not so much that this does not remain a quaffable brew. Soft citrus and peach like notes are noticeable up front before a more herbal hop character takes hold, but the citrus is never completely dropped as it lingers lightly through to the finish.
I am a bit surprised that this has started to oxidize already, but having said that, the oxidation helps to boost the malt complexity at this point. A solid beer, but one that I would have still liked to have tried fresh.
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Real nice. Has a lil sourness and minimal bittering but an aluminum funk aftertaste. All in all it was good, I liked it, Nice reddish brown color dark fruit with aluminum foil taste, and aroma was slight so not much there, it was good overall. Different. try it
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours deep clear chestnut brown, very deep and reddish colour. Thin off-white head, great lacing. Nose is toasty, with red rope licorice, cherry bark, light roast, and smoke. Flavours of red candies, rubber, smoke, light fruit, big Dutch licorice note. Very interesting, but I wouldn’t want more than one.