Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Hamilton’s. Wow, its been a while since I’ve seen a new brew from Anchor! Pours a crystal clear medium gold with a small white ring. Nose holds some faint citrus hops, grain and a touch of pale malt. Flavor starts with malt, grain, then finishes with a fain hop bitterness.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
lager meets IPA? the nelson hops are not coming through at all. more of a sipper. abv seems high to me. only OK. i expected more.
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ TAPS. Clear golden with a 1 1/2 finger white head, good retention. Lots of floral hops up front with a solid bready malt backbone, with some minerals and yeastiness typical of Anchor. There is also a little bit of peach. The flavor is much the same with slightly stronger malts. The finish is dry with bitterness @ a 6. Light to medium body with moderate prickly carbonation. I didn’t get the Nelson notes that I got from Alpine Nelson or Mikkeller sing hope Nelson Sauvin. Way over-bittered as well, but I do appreciate the effort.
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Monks Kettle in SF. Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a large billowing white head that lasts and leaves thick lacing on the glass. Aroma is pale malt, grain, and grassy, herbal, and floral hops. Flavor is similar, pale malt and grain along with an almost pilsner-like hop quality - fresh and grassy, leafy, and floral. Palate is medium-light and crisp with a dry finish. Overall pretty good.
944play (348) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Toad in the Hole. Medium yellow with low white head and fine lacing. Aromas are hard to find; what is there is reminiscent of green chile and freezer burn. And CO2. This beer starts very clean and bracing and evolves into dry, woody, occasional berry, and leafy notes. Finish is slightly resinous, but nothing distictive remains. Comes across as an Amer-Australian Sparkling Ale.
asedzie (603) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at City Beer, SF. Pours a dark golden hue with thin white head. Light herbal notes and leafy hops in the aroma. Impeccably balanced flavor- slightly sweet pale malt flavors and resiny herbal hop bitterness. Long lingering biscuity malt flavors along with mildly piney mouthcoating hop resins. This new hop worked really well with the typical top notch Anchor malt backbone.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ TAPS Petaluma. Pours a bright, clear, golden-orange color; off-white head with good retention and patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Crisp, dry showing of the hop character in the nose: minerals, herbal, some white peaches; very clean, if a touch light. Medium mouthfeel: lots of dry minerals and light fruitiness in the hop character; toasty malts and minimal sugar underneath; nicely dry, nicely toasty, very sessionable; seriously, this is beautifully dry; clean, lightly juicy hops. Medium, toasty finish: nicely dry, mineral and herbal bitterness; crisp and clean end.
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Toronado. This golden ale poured with a decent off-white head and a magnificent floral aroma. There is a chalky, but tasty pale malt flavor enhanced with unique flavoring hop bitterness. A very tasty brew that is unlike any of the other offerings from this flagship brewery.