DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I found this to be...lets just say pretty wicked and rogue to be polite. The aroma was practically non-apparent...with hints of malt, something vageuly fruity, and yeast being apparent. The head was very mild...1/8 inch at most and more frothy than anything, it really had no effect on this steam beer. The Steam Beer poured a very plain orange...its strange and hard to describe..it literally was just orange, even with the light exposing those pulsating carbonated bubbles. The taste was something i could have done without though...very mild malt, a ton of carbonation, and one hell of a bitter pounding for the ages on the tongue by these wicked hops...and not a pretty one may i add. It was like leather, and heineken and miller geunine draft collided into making this. Not pretty at all. It was highly acidic, way over carbonated, and the aftertaste far too strong to merit such a high rating as this. Im not very impressed and see no reason to head back to this one again...at least there are still two other steam beers left to try...Sleeman and Barbary Coast, here i come!!!
CapFlu (4714) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pale yellow head with a beautiful amber-copper body. Pours with a nice aroma of malt and fruit. Very little aftertaste. Nice brew! I look forward to trying their lager...
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I like the way the round, almost fruity-sweet malt is accompanied by a gentler hops style than I expect following Sean around through western brews. I enjoyed drinking this alot - we had it to celebrate the closing on our new house a few months back, so it stands out to be sure.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2002
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught. Interesting aroma--has a strange smell intermixed
with hop aroma. Nice semi-dark appearance, too. Strong bitter
taste. Balanced malt, but bitter off flavor ruins the
finish. Very bad on the alconomic scale--but only 3$ on draught
special so i tried and rated it.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on draft and I have to be honest. I wrote the ratings on a napkin and didn’t take any further notes. Until I sample further.......my ratings stand.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Always difficult to rate the standards ... there is a tendency to overrate knowing the history. A wonderful malt and hoppy nose is belied with a beautiful amber-brown color. A little maltier than (what has become) the standard American pale ale. The lager yeast is evident and stands out for its unusual warm spiciness ... due to fermentation. Not my favorite beer, but still, a classic.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in SanFran. Distinct clean bitterness up front. Slightly wheaty. Mild floral/herbal hops. Very good and easy drinking. Refreshing. Morning beer.
YogiBeera (2533) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice malty taste and aroma, grainy and also hoppy. Golden amber body. Was once one of my favorite american beers, before I tried óthers - the tour in the Brewer in San Francisco must have something to do with that.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good mouthfeel & sweet creamy finish. Very drinkable beer, which is good because it’s pretty widely available, including at tons of bars.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 Pleasant toasty malt aroma. Some fruit flavors: prunes and grapes. Dry, astringent finish. I wasn’t particularly impressed with this beer, especially considering the exorbitant price.