Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Strange, strange, strange. I have come to expect nothing less from this new wave of funky Italian brews. Pours a cloudy tangerine gold with a foamy, off-white head. Virtually no lacing noted. The nose shows a funky vinegar base, with an odd, briny note of green olives. Aromas of herbal tea sweetened with a touch of honey emerge, with a light dusting of cracked black pepper adding a dry spiciness. Flavors are primarily the same, bordering on a salty feel from the olive notes. The pepper content is a highlight, spicy but not overpowering, serving as a nice counterpart to the sweet herbal tea. Light bodied and very dry, it goes down easy but leaves the mouth slightly parched. Weird little brew, but interesting.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is the weirdest looking 750ml bottle I have ever seen; squat and almost like the new Sierra Nevada 24oz bombers, but thicker & different. The beer pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a hazy, honey amber color, but shows a lightly reddish tinged, fully hazy, orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is light and spicy with aromas of lemon zest, orange blossoms, light honeysuckle, a touch of lavender and even some light ginger and pepper towards the end. This has a very floral aroma and it is quite inviting. A little bit of digging around reveals some malt influenced aromas of honey-malt, crushed saltine crackers.
Very dry, in fact one of the most dry tasting beers I have ever had. It is so dry that it tastes lightly tart and has a pepper-like flavor from a zippy carbonation. It is actually a bit fizzy, but it is so light that it does not feel gassy. The floral notes really come through as a nasal influence during each sip. Cracker & bread like malt mixes with touches of ginger some sourness (perhaps from the elderberries as this is more than just a typical yeast influence), and a light pepper hit in the long finish. Flavors of rose hip tea mix in with the general floral notes to provide a bit of herbal character that mimics the function of hops. Despite being so light, the malt character really does come through quite well here, especially as it warms.
I like that this is very easy drinking, it also has an interesting blend of flavors and aromatic notes (the nose more than the flavor though), but for some reason it is not nearly what I hoped it would be.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson AZ
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Cellars Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN, and shared by brewfiend. Pours a semi-hazy golden brew with an average off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film. Aroma of light golden grain malt, some citrus zest and grassy hop character and a touch of apricots. Taste is medium bodied, some light carbonation with flavors of golden grain malt, some citrus hops, white grape and some fruity pear. Finish is semi-sweet, fruity aftertaste that slowly disappears with a light grapefruit finish.
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Brewfiend. Hazy gold color with a medium head. Strong citrus hop aroma. Very fruity taste, predominantly grape, grapefruit and tangerine. Quite unusual, but good.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a pricy big bottle purchase at Belmont Station--Poured a medium copper amber body with a mild white head that dissipated but left da ecent to low head. Honey nose with fruity watery mild complex lovin texture. I drank a few glasses and loved it! Go for it if you can afford it.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Belmont station. Hazy gold with some pink, sort of looks like it turns into a big gooseberry in the middle, if that makes any sense. Some apricot in the nose, bay laurel, leather? heather?? grape?? Drying acidity with great subtle complexities, floral, but not sickly, definitely some rye in the flavor, light yet still satisfying. I’m somewhat dazzled!
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ L’Isola della Birra, Milan, Italy. Unclear light amber / orange color with a average to large, creamy / frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, white head. Aroma is light malty, fruity, light hoppy, roses, honey, pepper, elderberry. Flavor is moderate sweet and light hoppy, light light fruit acitic with a average duration. Very nice and refreshing. Body is light to medium, texture is watery, carbonation is soft. ;o)) (051107)
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Birra dell’Anno Awards 2007, Milan.
Hazy pale yellow colour. Now this is a light bodied beer with low aroma profile. Taste is very different, with innovative additions that gives a balanced pepper backbone, with notes of light almond paste and flowers. Maybe maybe the violets are noticed here. Body is light and there are no signs in flavour from the hops. Fresh beer all in all, and probably good as a session beer.
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pinky-apricot appearance with thick lacing white head. What if not flowery, bit spicy and sweetie, with a slight acidic refreshing note. Not much to mention for what concern flavours: peppery, fruity and obv flowery. Rather simple but really clean and enjoyable in mouth. Quite hard to brew, i suppose. Definitely the beer your wife sip while you’re trying to empty the umpteenth glass of Tipopils.
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewery. Cloudy amber pour covered with the usual Birrificio Italiano charming and enormous, firm, lasting white head. Highly perfumey aroma, almost explosive. It is hard to believe that this holds under 4% ABV. Rosewater and lightly honeyed, toasted maltiness. A most original effort, sensuously sweet and flowery, grainy and with a certain refreshing tartness. Not as complex as its ingredients’s list, but very easy to drink and surely well integrated. I’ll try again from the bottle and will adjust my opinion accordingly, because this is the kind of beer that you rarely face.