dmac (4007) - 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 (1427) - 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 (5812) - 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.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Unusual slightly hazy light brown color. Estery, yeasty aroma with earthy/mushroomy hops, some honey notes. Very British. Flavor is crisp, lightly sweet with more dissipating hoppy flavors, moderate yeast, some floral aspects. Quite bitter finish, prickly carbonation. Not a fan of the yeast used here or the hop, apparently.
mansquito (3386) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Key Food, Prospect Heights ($10.49): Pours a golden color with a frothy white head. British-like piny hops aroma leading me to the assumption that it as at least partly modeled on British style IPAs (the few that I’ve had). Quite hoppy and bitter with citrus notes throughout. Sessionable, but also very flavorful. A good, well-balanced brew.
italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale golden honey color creamy off white head lots of lacing ... sweet malty and light citrusy hop aroma ..... taste of sweet malts, lemon and grapefruit .. sticky mouthfeel a light citrusy hop taste with a bitter hop finish .... a mellow and good apa with good balance and a dry bitter finish ... a great session brew
basspro76 (423) - New York, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank from a pint glass poured out of the bottle. Nice hazy golden pour. Fresh floral citrus hop aroma. Taste is at first a light malt moutful that fades nicely into a refreshingly crisp hoppy finish. Solid pale ale