TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear bright amber with a good dose of head that settles fairly quickly. Nice bits of Brussels lace about the insides of the glass. Aroma gives up a crisp hop bitterness and slight hints of tart fruit and red licorice. Flavor shows all these things but with the fruit tartness a bit more muted than in the aroma; plus a nice lightly toasty dry grain shows up as well. Clean, medium palate with a dry finish. An experimental beer, and the experiment works well.
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewpub in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Pours a clear coppery amber brew with a creamy, slow dissolving, off-white head that has good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a touch of roasted nuts and some dry citrus zest. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with a caramel malt and tart berry flavor. Finish has a good balance of tart fruit and malt aftertaste with a slight bitter that lingers on after the finish. There is more hop character in the new version.