BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Eccentric Cafe: Hazy deep amber hue with a small frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of orange zest, coriander, white pepper, red wheat husks, bready malt, a hint of honey, piney hops, and some fusel alcohol. The taste starts with big sweet malts and twangy fruit with a heavy handed spiced finish. A bit of mint leaf and green tea towards the finish. The mouth feel is medium to heavy-bodied with noticeable alcohol warming. Is this a Wheat Wine or an Imperial Witbier? Either way it is strange for sure and hard to put a finger on.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Maduro, Bells GTMW pre-party 8/10/07. Cloudy golden orange with 2/3 finger creamy off-white head, fades to a thick film. Aroma of citrus, wheat, spicy grassy hops, alcohol, and a bit of white pepper spice. There was also a bit of raw honey and grain. Flavor was orange rinds, caramel, wheat, and alcohol up front. Still fairly peppery and the alcohol was a bit strong. Full body with moderate carbonation. Full body with moderate carbonation. This seems more like a wheat wine to me.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bells Right Coast
Draft at Maduro’s during GTMW weekend Cloudy orange cold color. Aroma is more towards the bitter orange peel (vs Bells Left Bank), still some spiciness, but the orange peel is the dominant aroma & flavor.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Poured a light orange-yellow color. Head was white and one finger high. Aroma was of orange, white bread, and subdued fresh strawberry. Sweet on the tongue with alcohol, light cereal grain, tangy wheat, and subdued lemon zest flavors. There was also a bit of honey. I preferred the left bank, but this was still pretty good.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at maduro. sorta rating from memory here. all i remember was that it was similar to the left bank, but was really minty and orangish. i thought it was excellent.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting brew with an intense, boozy flavor. The color is deep orange. The aroma is malty caramel. The taste is a blend of orange peel, some caramel malt, and some spiciness -- there’s a kind of cinnamon sharpness, though I wouldn’t say it tastes like cinnamon. It’s sweet. but not in a malty/sugary way. There’s an alcohol presence even greater than you’d anticipate from the 8.4% -- it has that warming, "waft through your head" quality. For me this is a plus, at least at first -- but even the 10-ounce pour I had at Maduro was probably a little too much. The alcohol sharpness and the sweetness build up. So I’d highly recommend this in small servings, but it’s one of the least "drinkable" good beers I know of.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Maduro for the GTMW pre party
This one is all orange and I like it. Hazed yellow orange with some white head. Smells like sugar free orange rock candy, and tastes similar to a orange dream pop. Light and sort of milky palate. Really, this was nice for a one dimesional beer.
Ughsmash (7275) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Maduro – GTMW pre-party. Poured an almost clear medium golden with a short cap of white head. Aroma picked up a rather strong caramel presence with a much lighter wheat presence than the Left Bank.. very sweet overall, with only warmth from the alcohol making an appearance.. picked up some candy sweetness and a solid dose of orange peel as it warmed up. Flavor found very sweet caramel and candy notes, with increasing overt alcohol and candied sweetness toward the back and as it warmed.. accents of orange peel and a light touch of clove throughout, and more of those spices at the slightly boozy finish. Medium + bodied with some sharper points taking away a bit of the enjoyment.. long, warm impression on the finish. Similar score to the Left Bank, but for different reasons.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Maduro pre-GTMW party. The beer pours to a hazy medium amber body with a small white head that dissipates mostly. The beer is moderately malted in the flavor. Light bread, sugar, cereals, spruce hops, pears, toffee, honey, and white pepper. The aroma is caramel, dough, toffee, and perfume hops. The palate is slightly sweet with a medium-light body and an oily-soft texture. Slight alcohol is noticed.