jeremytoni (3001) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a light brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice light hoppy malty flavor with a quick finish.
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours hazy yellow with a small white head with good lacing. Nice citrus, grapefruit aroma. Nice fruity hoppy finish, cirtus and bitter balanced perfectly.
badgerben (4479) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy gold color with a medium head. Grassy aroma with lemon and mango. Mild grassy flavor. Dry and slightly astringent.
Kinz (3307) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale orange with a bit of yellow, nice head, clear. Aroma slightly earthy and a touch citric - reminds me of one of the Rogue brews made with Crystal hops if I remember correctly, the Brutal IPA. Flavor is earth, a touch of cat piss, and underripe apricot, rather fruity overall. The malt adds just enough sweetness to balance things out. Nice enough brew, but not spectacular.
dmac (4085) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from Jonathan Ron Brielle. Poured a sligjtly cloudy golden yellow body with a large frothy bright white head. Aroma of toast, fresh hops, juicy citrus rind. The flavor loses a lot of the juicy hops from the aroma and is far dryer then I was expecting. What is left is lots of grains, toast and some dry citrus rind. Solid but I was expecting more.
wxman (1450) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a bright deep golden with a full lasting white head. Aroma is floral hop spiciness. Smooth clean crisp taste like a lager, but with the malty sweetness of an ale. this is topped off with what I assume is dry hopping, giving it a pleasant but not too bitter hop bite that is both piney and citrusy. Very refreshing.
DSG (6106) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 [9/28/10] Bottle at a friend’s place in Amsterdam. Clear golden with a small white head. Sweet malty, honey-ish, slightly grainy aroma with a bit of fruits and faint hops. Sweetish malty flavor with a bit of bready notes, light caramel hints and a drier finish with a bit of floral hops. Medium-bodied.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Minimal aroma or head. Good lacing. The flavor is a rather acidic lemon. Very tart and bitter. There is a long-lasting, cabonated aftertaste.
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m always excited to see new stuff coming out of Anchor, but I’m not exactly sure why. Their brews tend to frustrate me--they are always creative and high quality, but there’s somehow something lacking in most cases. This though? I’m impressed. This is a straightforward, robust, flavorful pale ale; a little hop bite, sort of roasty flavor, but just a straight up tasty brew in a class that is almost totally devoid of character and "creativity" tends to make things worse aside from a few exceptional cases.
rollingwood (86) - Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours 1/3 finger off-white head over a slightly hazy golden liquor. The bouquet is diminutive and floral. The liquor is also hoppy and floral with a touch of sweetness and yeastiness rounding out the profile. Humming--like Anchor Steam--shares qualities of a lager and an ale. It is hoppy, but not bitterly so. It is smooth like a lager, but not so smooth that you would mistake it for one. I will keep this in mind as a good session beer.