ClarkVV (5857) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught samples at the American Beer Fest on 6/16/06.<!-- br -->Very pale yellow, with strong straw tints, slight glassiness of clarity and a foamy, messy white head that provides some light lacing and shows fair retention.<!-- br -->Subtle (or weak, perhaps) hops in the nose reccomend light lemons, spicy grass and rather weak orange juice notes. I get quite a dry feel from it, certainly none of the heavy caramel/crystal malt influence that many American IPAs often show. Clean, without any yeast apparency as well and rather sharp to the nose. Alcohol is not perceived whatsoever.<!-- br -->The dryness noticed in the aroma comes out full-force in the flavor. The hops seem a bit soggy and dismal, with grass, some plastic notes and a bit of lemon rind. A stale, bland, extremely attenuated malt body provides very flimsy backing to the hops and the mouthfeel is tremendously lacking. Almost no malt sweetness/softness and much more in the way of a golden ale. The hops do not seem terribly PNW-like at all, rather it seems like a double or triple hop schedule of budweiser. In all, the beer rather seems like a hoppy budweiser and certainly no IPA. While clean, it is difficult to discern if this is a lager yeast or ale yeast. You would think an ale yeast, but there is almost zero fruitiness. No alcohol is noted in the flavor either.