hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
***New Brewmaster at Barley and Hops. What a difference. Nothing against the Owner/former brewmaster, but he was stretched a bit thin running the joint while trying to cover all the brewing duties.***
Cloudy, pear-colored beer. Small, fizzy, white head. Quickly dissipating.
The nose is very light and fruity with notes of yeast, butter, spice (not clove) and banana.
The flavor is perfectly balanced with lots of citrus and banana in the flavor. Nicely bittered. Somewhat astringent.
Medium-bodied (no, really, even at 3.9% ABV) with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, clean finish. A very refreshing brew from Barley and Hops. Their beers used to really disappoint me.
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2003
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
No head, a deep yellow color. Unlike the sample hopscotch reviewed, mine was completely clear and much more yellow than pear colored. The citrus aroma was very strong. Crisp, slightly too bitter, and a little rough on the tongue. I found this a disappointment, new brewer or no.