Ratman197 (8860) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a cloudy golden amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of green tea, lemon, bread and light straw. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of green tea, biscuit, lemon and light straw with a crisp dry modereatly bitter finish.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle… Clear golden ale with thousands of white yeasties and a small, creamy, white head. Pungent, musky, peppery aroma. Medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Not picking up much tea in the flavor; just rindy hop bitterness. Finishes bitter and abrasive. Too bitter (without meaningful flavor) for my wimpy palate. Bottle courtesy of darkguardian!
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Poured a cloudy golden / orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, herbal tea, and caramel. Tastes of citrus, green tea, fruity, pine, and caramel. Alcohol overall hidden. Grew on me.
FatPhil (8349) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (RBESGG2011, Grand Tasting)
In simple terms, a pale lagery aroma. Retronasals remind me of alcohol. Body is bitter. There’s a nice tingle of hops. but the whole things says nothing to me.
daknole (8331) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy deep gold pour. Sweet malt, resinous hops and certain green tea notes. Great mix of caramel malt, tea and hops. Love it.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ home. Somewhat hazy, yellow-orange appearance with a foamy, white head. Herbal, faint tea, moderately piney, dank hoppy nose. Kind of a weird organic, herbal, piney, dank, lightly citrus hoppy flavor with most of the tea on the finish. Green tea, piney, dank aftertaste. Weird brew that’s ok but not all that impressive.
Drake (7845) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2011 12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Dublin/Columbus. Pours an almost murky orange with lots of floating particles. Medium sized off-white head. Good head retention. Aroma of citrus, herbal and floral hops, lemongrass, mild tea notes, caramel malts. The taste is big strong tea notes, citrus hops and caramel malts. Medium bodied. Well done.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a muddy golden hued body and a large, foamy, slightly green tinged off-white head. Aromas are a bit dank, tropical fruit hoppy, a bit herbal as well. Slight green tea ice cream nose, a hint of pine. Minimal esters, minimal malt profile, a bit of fusel. Flavors of are bitter, a bit tannic. An odd grassy flavor towards the finish. Lemon, grassy, herbal, lightly fruity (berries maybe?). Odd hopping, lingering bitterness. Medium to lively bubbles. Some alcohol. Perhaps a bit messy.
JorisPPattyn (7679) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught Small yellowish dense head over hazy orange-ochre beer. Orange zeste², much more than tea, very intense, pinch of ginger, flowery. I’m thinking of orange-flavoured, half-fermented tea ("Darjoolong"). Again dry, spicy-bitterish orange zeste, even a bit mouldy, or blue curaçoa orangepeel. Hops are perfectly in balance (what kind??). Spritzy, refreshing, medium bodied. No new flavours in the aftertaste, but long-lasting main flavour. An "interesting" beer - in all senses of the word. Mind, I WOULD drink it again, gladly.
DocLock (7437) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Has a great pour; turbid deep golden orange with 2-finger fluffy white head. Nose is hopcitrus, florals, tannins, black pepper. Tastes rich, very citric, floral, spicy, black peppery, and has a crisp finish. Very complex and enjoyable.