kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first california common - Pours suprisingly dark amber with a tan lasting head. Aroma of floral woody hops with sweet toffee. Smooth medium-thin feel. Nice clean caramel malt start with a balanced bitter finish. Nice beer!
SDalkoholic (2274) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Although this is a pretty ordinary beer its one of my top ten favorties. Hue is a a dark rich amber and head lasts for moment. Flavour is hard to label but i i taste a dough/bready attributes. Wish this was more affordable for a daily drinking basis cuz then id be a loyal customer. I hope when i Visit San Fran its cheaper than here in San Diego.
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2004
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Dark yellow/orange colour. Thick, long-lasting head that still decorated my glass after I had drunk the beer. Bitter but very well balanced and easily drunk. Refreshing. Certainly one of my favourites.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2004 Smells hoppy, wheat, honey. Pours nice gold with golden honey head. Head was nice and frothy. Tasted hoppy, had nice bitter bite and aftertaste. If price lowers would be a staple.
MaximumBob1959 (6) - Milpitas, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my first beers (when I was legal that is!) and still a favorite. Beautiful orange/brown color. Wonderful first sip. Great balance but with a timid finish. I’d take it over any of the big breweries trash any day. I may be biased by early memories but any Bay Area raised guy (or girl) should love this beer.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THis is a great beer. The beer has a great crystal clear orangish color, with a nice bubbly head that screams drink me. It is a very balanced beer which starts off hoppy, but is balanced out by the malt nicely. One of my staples.
imdownthepub (11963) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Conditioned, aged 3 years. Amber brown with light head. Deliberately aged which has given it a sweetish sherry like background and a nicely rounded taste. The hoppiness has gone, replaced by toffee notes. Flavour still isn’t full, with a watery finish. Interesting experiment, this was a 4.8% beer initially.
MrHoppsworth (47) - USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This might be a regular for me if it were cheaper,but you get what you pay for I guess.
This is a beer that is not overboard in any way,but is perfectly balanced.
Has very tasty bready malt character,and great hop flavor,but not bitter.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really liked this beer. Had a gorgeous mellowed hops flavor to it, almost as if you took raw hops (at least the ones I sniffed at Sam Adams brewery), took that scent, and blended it into the beer. Mahogany color. Very difficult to describe the flavor and feel, but a good classy beer that reads for good drinking at the bar.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber pour with a frothy white head. Bubbles floating all around the edges of the glass. Barely any aroma to speak of at the top, but lots of taste... caramels, malt, grass... a definite aroma rises halfway through the glass and the taste at the finish is stronger and more appealing. Worth the time to investigate.