TimE (2810) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark amber color. Lots of chocolate, bready, a caramelly touch, a bit of cherries. Malty, a bit unbalanced, but not as great as expected, but still not bad. A touch on the sour side. A touch of bread in the finish.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is grainy with a hint of spice and biscuit, taste is dry, good bready flavors and mild sweetness.
zdk (1789) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
tap at RnH - apricots and creme caramel, finishes buttery, astringent and sugary. See Paul’s rating.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. Pours an amber copper with an ok head. Slight butter in the aroma (tons in the flavor), caramel malts, toast, a bit sweet with grassy light hops. Flavor is light herbal, grassy hops, a big fat sweet malt profile with a slick and buttery middle and finish- Meh.
Leighton (8786) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum. Pours a light ruby-brown with a firm, off-white head. Pretty malty nose, some fruits. Very sweet flavor, plenty of caramel and deep maltiness. Medium in body with nice carbonation. Finishes sugary, a little sticky. A bit sweeter than the Oktoberfest brews I’m used to, and this is an OK thing.
ben4321 (3356) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: On tap at the Brewery, Linda Vista Location, 1/7/10
This was a pretty solid Oktoberfest style beer. Not a huge variation off of what you would expect from the style, but solid, enjoyable, and well-made.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear red copper with a thin head..Aroma is sweet and malty as is the flavor.. Slight oktoberfest yeast... Very drinkable.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear reddish copper wih a short beige head. Aroma is some sweet malt and a bit of honey, hints of spicy hops and yeast. Flavor is swwet clover honey, yeast, bready malts and light citrus. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ the Linda Vista location. Clear copper orange with a small beige head, fair retention. Light caramel and toasted malts dominate with some lager yeast behind in the nose. I pick up a little ethanol in the flavor and lightly spicy hops. Bitterness peaks @ a 3, semi-dry. Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Not too bad.
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint on tap@t Ballast Point Old Grove brewery: Deep amber, the color of rootbeer, with a small (bar pour) light beige head. Aroma is sweet malty caramel. Flavor starts caramel sweet balanced perfectly by a spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Medium body is smooth with moderate carbonation.