eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The brewer told me which of the three experimental series had which hops...but I’m sworn to secrecy! I liked this one better than the other two--dark gold but with a tangier citrus and a bolder, sweeter hop flavor with orange notes. Wheaty.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2006
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sampler @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe: Pours a clearish, yellow color, little head, white, lasting. Very wheaty aroma, malt. Extremely malty, acidic, wheaty. More wheaty & acidic than the Melstrand.
Tmoney99 (9581) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 Draft at brewpub Cafe. Poured hazy pale color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Light sour citrus aroma. Light to medium body with soft carbonation. Light bitter flavor with a light sweet finish of short duration. Drinkable with little character.
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of three beers recently available as part of an "Experimental Series" at the Eccentric Cafe. All highlight the characteristics of a single hop, balanced by light, cerealy malts. The bar staff did not know which particular hop was highlighted in each beer, however. This version was a touch darker than the Ahmeek, pouring a hazy orange color with a thicker off-white head. The hops were light, perfume, and flowery in the aroma. Flavorwise, I prefered this beer to the Ahmeek; the hops variety used is earthier and less bitter/sharp, allowing the light maltiness to breathe a bit. Nice floral, perfumey characteristics. A bubblegummy sweetness develops after a few sips. Another European hops variety, I assume, so this is probably best not classified as an American Pale Ale, either, although it really doesn’t compare to most of the English Pale Ales I’ve sampled. Not bad, but still very plain.