two7offsuit (280) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark gold in color with an off-white head. Aroma is a bit flowery with fruit and spice. Similar flavors.
MrMeadMan (21) - Amesbury, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a bad brew! Pours a little cloudy with a brownish orange hue. Light, not over done and smooth flavor. Nice hoppiness which is again not over done. Overall a good beer, would pair well with a burger or pizza.
Chad9976 (1293) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too many breweries do the “California Common” style anymore. If you’re going to make a lager, usually you opt for a generic pale or a specialty pilsner of some sort. There’s a lot of risk and little reward to making a beer of the style, even to spec. Baxter Brewing’s “Tarnation” is definitely true to the style, but only a good beer overall. It tastes fine and drinks easy, and if that’s all you want from a beer like this then mission accomplished.
I poured a 12oz can into a lager glass. It was canned on 12/23/14 and cost $2.95 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark amber to copper color with slight haze. Overall, pretty clear with consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which laces and retains pretty well.
Smell: Surprisingly muted nose; minor notes of bready/toasty malt; a generic lager scent.
Taste: There’s a surprisingly high amount of malt character to this beer. It’s immediately recognizable; pale malt, plenty of amber/honey specialty grist and some light toasted character make for a rather sweet palette. Though it uses the traditional Northern Brewer hops, it’s not an especially hoppy beer. Just a general dry bitterness through the middle. The finish is familiar to anyone that’s drank lager as it has the classic flavor, only much cleaner. I’d think a little more distinctiveness in one aspect might give this beer the edge it needs to be more than just passable.
Drinkability: At 5.3% ABV, Baxter Tarnation is about average in weight for a lager, and the style per se. It’s refreshing while in the mouth, though it does leave a slightly pasty aftertaste. It’s comfortable, though, and easy to drink as the mouthfeel is thin-to-medium with fairly high carbonation. Works well as a year-round lager and would stand up to snack fare.
Drake (9454) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Northeast Bucket List Trip Beer #57. Keg at the hotel bar. Pours a clear copper with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel malt, herbal and spicy hops. The taste is toffee malt, toasted malt, snappy herbal hops. Medium bodied, well balanced, crisp.
mansquito (3758) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Variety pack: pours amber with a whitish head. Aroma is caramel, some hops, grass. Taste is a bit on the sweet side, but there is a nice hoppy element that balances out the malts. Pretty tasty.
madnorwegian (66) - FRANCE - DEC 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great lager. Full flavor, nice bitter finish. Good level of carbonation. Only disappointment was the head, disappeared immediately.
drsandman (471) - New York, USA - DEC 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a cloudy darkish orange amber, light white head. Aroma is must, mineral, caramel, grain, earthy hop. Flavor is bready grainy malt and earth hop.
Jow (2356) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can at my brothers place grabbed some quick sixers to share. Pours dusty burnt orange small quick dissipating head. Nose is light florals and toast. Tastes of some like orange, sweet malt, mild pine hopping, cereal, some flowers. Fine palate.
argo0 (11822) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz can. Large off-white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bread, some earthy/spicy/grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some grapefruit/spicy/earthy, bread, light cherry. Light-medium body, light stickiness.
HarryPlopper (39) - - DEC 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Straw and banana scent. Amber color, not really lager-y looking. Big head when poured and bubbly. Grassy and hoppy taste. Carbonated mouth feel. This beer is nothing fantastic, but not something I will seek out.
Reynolds314 (2563) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly grainy clean lager. A good budweiser alternative for those that want one I suppose. Hops are very tame and everything is just clean. Good beer.