hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft… Mostly clear, light golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. The bouquet is of pilsner malt, toffee and sharp, spicy, earthy hops. Full-bodied and a touch oily with busy carbonation. Leans on the bitter side of balance - very nice, sharp hop bite. Finishes bitter and dry.
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on tap at Church Key DC 10/22/09: Pours a hazy pale golden with an airy pillowy white head. Has a sweet pale malty nose with some fresh grapefruity grassy hops and a touch of light fruiity floral notes. Starts with good fullness and sweet biscuity pale maltiness with a nice balance of resiny citrusy hops and crisp bitterness before a drier bittersweet finish. Pretty well-balanced and true to style.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Poured crystal clear light gold color with an off-white head. Buttery diacetyl aroma. Grassy and bready malt notes. The flavor was light and full of bitterness to the point of almost being astringent. The mouthfeel was very slippery from the diacetyl. Light-medium bodied. Dry with a very long very big bitterness. Not my cup of tea.
jcr (2198) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Clear, pale golden pour. Minimal, white head. The aroma has notes of hay, toasted grain, honey. Hints of grass, lemon, bread. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation. The maltiness sticks around through the finish overriding the hop notes, not unexpected in a strong lager. No problem drinking this. Unique with a fine balance.
Ober (2809) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear golden colored beer with a thick foamy white head. The aroma of hop bitter with fruits lik citrus and a little spices. The taste is bitte with fresh fruits like citrus some spices and caramel. The aftertaste is long bitter with some sweets.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a mostly clear golden with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet yet buttery with some DMS, honey laden big toasty pale malts, bready, big to the point of being sharp- vanilla and earth hints. Flavor is vanilla creme filling in a donut, big toasty sharp pale malts, honey sweet, DMS is mod to light- gets a touch slick, some earthy and slightly weedy grassy hops, resin, raw harsh bitter finish and not that clean or refined overall- meh.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. Pours a crystal clear, medium golden hue. Effervescing bubbles stream towards the surface, pooling into a small, foamy, off-white head. Solid sheets of micro-film lacing provide full coverage on the glass. Aromas kick off with notes of sweet, clean cereal grain, hay, bread, and a hint of honey. Softly grassy hops provide the counterpoint. Flavors are a bit sweeter than I care for in a pils, no doubt due to the hefty grain, bread, and dough malt notes. Though it’s hoppy, the grassy, lemony bitterness fails to catch up to the malty sweetness. Accordingly, the palate is just a bit overly hefty, lacking the fresh crispness that I was hoping for. Pils is a style best left "small" in my opinion. The "imperial" versions rarely live up to expectations, and this one is no exception. Still, it’s a pretty decent brew, and they showed a little restraint in that they could have certainly beefed it up even more.
vtafro (3256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2010
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Draft @ Blind Tiger. Golden pour with white head. Grainy malt, damp basement and yeast aromas. Flavor was mish mash: earthy, citrus, skunky sour. Eck.
RobChase (7) - Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Pretty intense aromatics, nutty notes, bright and fresh. The body is fairly light, not to say it is lacking in flavor. or intensity. Very crisp, bitter, extremely dry style. Finish leaves a bit to be desired, drops off rather quickly. Pleasant, though a bit pricy. ($7.50)
kromamc (192) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Leonardo in collaborazione con il dogfish head hanno creato questa imperial pils veramente buona!! frescha luppolatura e un bel maltato morbido... birra molto erbacea e beverina! mitika!