ChainGangGuy (4374) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-amber body with a frothy, sudsy, off-white head. Fair amount of lace on the way down.
Smell: Oven-toasted biscuits with a very distant kick of dark caramel and fruit boosted by hoppy scents of spice, citrus, coarsely chopped herbs, and wood.
Taste: Toasted, day-old biscuits with hints of dry caramel. Touch of Tomcot apricots. Hop profile displays full tastes of zesty, zippy spices and citrus. Also, maybe, just maybe, even a tad woody. Medium-high bitterness thatís bold but not overbearing. The toasty qualities try to reemerge past the spice, citrus, and staunch bitterness, but itís to no avail. Finishes dry and bitter with a lingering toasty biscuitiness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Delightfully quaffable -- one of those beers that itís hard to finish the review before I clear through the entire bottle. My first Baird beer and a rather good one! Hereís hoping the other three I purchased are as pleasant.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Samís in Downers Grove, Illinois: This poured a dull amber body with a respectable beige head. Had some floaties in it. It had an aroma of floral scents, toasted grain, and a squirt of pink grapefruit juice. A nicely balanced flavor, leaning towards a floral bitterness near the end. Nice drink.
omhper (19375) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Baird Naka-Meguro Taproom. Hazy nut nrown, creamy head. Perfumy hops covers a midsized rounded body where grainy malt fillsout the costume. Lightly fruity, floral with some black currant. Fairly bitter finish.
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extremely heady, over flow and long lasting. Dark amber body. Nose of pine roses and other floral hops, barley malt and a winey sweetness. Taste was quite hoppy, wood, pine, vinous and a bit sweet. Nice. Soft palate with a very long finish of grassy hops.
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Generous, tight-bubbled head that remains rocky throughout the tasting. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. The color red-orange amber with a solid haze.
Sweet, hoppy and attractive. Floral aroma of fresh hop cones. Enough malt to make it very balanced. Close to perfection.
Beautiful bitter. The malt is present but in the background. The hop, if I am hyper-critical, is leaning toward the harsh side. Extraordinarily drinkable. If I were to have a complaint, it would be that the liquor is on the thin side for such a flavorful beer. Still, this is an exceptional beer well worth seeking out.
Palidor19 (2948) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bit of astringent all around along with a touch of soap. but besides that is many flavors of caramel and really hoppy bitterness. some caramel. better than average yet not outstanding.
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma is malty and papery with hops to balance. The appearance is amber and cloudy with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma but not all together pleasant. The palate is typical for the style. Overall this is OK but I am not sure itís a california common.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. Bottle:: Aroma of malts, toasting, hops, light caramel, and a touch of brown sugar. Poured amber/copper in color with a small to medium-sized off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malts, toasting, light cookie, slight tobacco, flower leaves, and tea. Medium body. Slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Malty, floral finish is lightly chalky.
sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours amber, beige head, thick.
Aroma is malty, hoppy with fresh citrus notes. Retain the familiar Baird yeast aroma.
Taste, malty, followed by some floral sweetness, caramel malts, keep a good malt profile.
Thin yeasty deposit in the bottle.
SSSteve (3769) - - MAR 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
murky muddy rust color under a huge fizzy beige head. peachy hops aroma. flavor is hoppy with floral peach notes and some spicy malts and pepper. crisp and spicy palate.