DiarmaidBHK (3060) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice malt sweetness on the nose. Pours lehigh brown. A hint of caramel on the tongue but fades quickly. All things being equal, I prefer my brown ale from Newcastle.
SBFilms (8) - - MAY 14, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a pint glass at 50 degrees
full review at http://lownobudgetreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/07 (Ryan’s Reviews)
In general, I’m not a fan of brown ales. I think they are… well… kind of boring. ANTLER pours a rich mahogany brown that lets off some red tones when held up to the light, and is a bit more visually appealing than many brown ales I’ve had. It’s capped with a fluffy off-white head that dissipates pretty rapidly and leaves just a bit of lacing behind.
Taking a whiff, there is just not too much there. There is some nice maltiness, and a bit of nice medium body to the aroma. The taste is a pretty average brown ale flavor to me; the malt has a medium balance to it, neither too dark and astringent nor too light and golden. There are some hops on the back end, not much bitterness, and almost no hop aroma to speak of. The flavor has just a hit of nut – like walnut or hazelnut – and a very mild caramel undertone, which I wished were more pronounced.
ANTLER is pretty thin and smooth, with very light carbonation, and not nearly as substantial as it looks. The body of the beer was not too much heavier than water, which for many would be a good thing; this makes ANTLER a very easy to drink beer, if this is your style. For me, brown ales are just not something I really enjoy, and ANTLER didn’t do too much to change my mind.
sloth (2337) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Small tan head fair retention, little lace. Hazy brown color with an orange glow. Faint malt nose thats lightly sour. Body is light, sorta thin. Sourness passes over into the flavor, lightly malty, fruity and tart. Dry finish with a slight astringency. Thanks Lou.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught @ Camelback mountain ski lodge (right down the road from the brewery). Darker brown with an odd, but acceptable darker malt aroma. Taste was passable. but a bit too grainy and unrefined. Drinkable, but not very good at all. These guys don’t seem to put that much effort in - maybe Iron Hill will open up a place nearby and straighten these guys out.
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
5oz sample. Not too bad. Amber color with an off white head. Nice sweet flavor. Medium body. not bad
roder60 (1269) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had on draft at the brewery. Pours a clear light brown with minimal head. Aroma is sweet but a bit stale. Flavor very watery and sweet. Straw/hay taste present. Reminds me of an extract homebrew clone of newcastle, though some of my homebrews have been much better.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
2005 bottle from Zathrus, thanks! Pours a copper-amber color, initially clear, but towards the end of the bottle it gets extremely cloudy. Head is off-white and fully diminishing to a ring, with no lacing. Aroma of brown bread, light grains, malt husks and soily, nutty, watered down hops. Very low strenght on the aroma as well. Flavor begins severely dry and terribly lactic. Guess there’s some infection here, as it’s sour and lightly acidic and completely attenuated. It’s hard to tell if this is just severely acidified mash, highly astringent grains or a true lactic infection. Upon further thought, there was no gushing, so perhaps it isnt an infection. Whatever the case, there’s no malt sweetness, just berry skins, dry raisins and watered down brown sugar. Body is light, carbonation is moderate and the texture is very watery. No alcohol apparency, no real hop flavor either. Light toasted notes on end.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(draft) Crystal clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, nut. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some nut, light sourness. Watery light-medium body.
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
tap in Poconos: New Years eve: nothing special about this beer at all. Clear brown pour, muddy flavor of basic beer ingredients that are indiscernable. Weak.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
sampler at the brewpub. Vanilla and caramel in the aroma. Taste is stale malts, vanilla and butter- pretty bad diacetyl, not good.