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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Born in a dream, Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer refers to a mythical place in the boreal north. While the waterfall may exist solely in Larry Bell’s imagination, the beer he remembered drinking there is now quite real. Quinannan Falls possesses the crisp, dry bitterness you’d expect from a German pilsner, but the use of highly aromatic hops from the Pacific Northwest in both the kettle & dry-hop evokes the fragrant pine forests that inspired this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Capa (2307) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Clear golden with a lasting white head. Excellent lacing on the glass as it went down. Aroma was mostly hops. Crisp citrus fruits, floral, light malts. Medium, easy drinking body. Flavor was full of those crisp hops. Citrus and floral and nice crisp grass. The malts were about as clean as the best pilsener I’ve had, which aided the hop bitterness. This one surprised and blew me away. I really got to enjoy the hops without having to wade through a bunch of caramel like in many IPAs (Not that I’m complaining, I enjoy IPAs). I would build a bar around this beer. (Draft at Khyber Pass Pub, Philly)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Draught at Capone’s: Fragrant aroma of hops, grass, light pine, dry-hopping, slight lager yeast, slight pils malt, slight bread, and more hops. Poured gold in color with a small, loose, white head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of hops, pils malt, lager yeast, dry-hopping, light citrus, grass, slight pineapple, and some fruit. Light to medium body. Thin, dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, light to medium bitter, hop, grass, lager yeast finish is dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Sampled at ABR in small glass. Pours a clear gold. A very nice beer, although not quite as flavorful as I would like. But, as a lager it is very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 27, 2011
750mL Bottle. Thanks for sharing Sean! Clean, electric limey citrus aroma, strong and fresh. Combines with lagery crispness. Funny, the flavor hops aren’t as pronounced as the aroma hops. Not a ton of bitterness. Hop flavors and aromas a pleasingly citrus. Maybe not worth the big bones, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9275) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 19, 2011
750mL c&c #96 of 313 courtesy of rayl101. The pour is a brilliant cleat gold to lighter yellow with a larger, healthy white head. Rings of sticky lace. Nose is fresh pineapple, jackfruit, cantaloupe, ultra fresh biscuit and small butter, baked cherry, moderate alcohol presence. Really fresh and beautiful. Taste is really outstanding. A big interplay of fresh biscuit and mild butter with a massively crisp and quenching pilsener character. Very bitter, dry, doughy, grassy with sweet pineapple. Amazing malt profile. So clean even with some heavier butter biscuit in the mouthfeel. Hoppy, a bit boozy, grassy and sharp. So good. Ultra quenching palate. Better than most IPAs and richer than most Abbey Tripels. Pure hilarity. Kudos for making a pale lager that makes most craft beers run, hide, and cower.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Sampled @ GLBF 2011. Cloudy golden, creamy head. Grainy malt fight with spicy grassy hops for attention. Fairly dry, crispa and grainy with medum body. Growing floral bitterness. Very drinkable and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2011
tap at the eccentric cafe. clear, golden with minimal head. aroma of spicy simcoe hops, some citrus and pepper. flavor of spice, big lemon, pepper, and some astringent bitterness...dry finish. clean, crisp, and refreshing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1208) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Had a glass of this at the end of the SW Mich brew tour about a month ago. I was pretty out of it by the time I ordered this and some Oracle (what the hell was I thinking?) Anyway, what I can recall, this was I guess the best lager ever. It had a pleasant sweetness, a slight tartness, and a wonderful hop presence. In other words, it actually had some character to it. Bell’s is selling 750s of these now for $17 a pop, which bums me out because I’d rather see 6-packs or 4-packs even, and a lower price point. I would suggest just having some at the taproom if you’re near Kalamazoo because it is damn tasty. Hopefully once the new brewing facility is up and running maybe they can crank out enough of this to put in 12 oz. bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2686) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
On tap at Maduro in Madison, pours a clear yellow with a decent white head and lacing, the aroma has an impressive amount of citrus and floral hops, the flavor is crisp and clean with a fruity finish and a touch of pine, very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9526) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2011
Enjoyed at the brewery’s tasting room. A hoppy lager, very good for its style. Dry hopped. A nice lawn mower beer, and one that would replace others drunk in mowing days gone by. Very good drinkability, and one that would transition many a macro drinker who does not realize he likes hops. Medium mouthfeel.

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