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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
When the Winter is over, Spring is nature’s way of saying “hey, let’s party!” Spring Fling is how we welcome the warmer weather and spirits. Spring Fling Copper Ale strikes a perfect balance between the malty flavor of special German barley and the zesty spice of fresh American hops that results in a delicious, extremely easy to drink brew. The exquisite blend creates a harbinger of the new season with a delicate hop aroma which delivers a perfect pairing for your Spring Fever. Handcrafted from a unique blend of malts, Spring Fling Ale is a perfectly balanced copper ale that delivers a crisp and refreshing taste with subtle hints of nuts and honey. The arrival of Spring Fling means Winter has passed and Summer is right around the corner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
12oz bottle shared by nuplastikk. My first specialty grain rating. The bottle claims copper ale, and no mention of any odd grains, though rye seems to be the culprit here. A lasting light beige head sits atop a copper body. Spicy malt and light grassy hops in the aroma. Lightly toasty, almost chewy malt, some caramel, spicy but mild hops and a lightly bitter finish. Medium-light bodied with crisp but fine carbonation. balanced, pretty clean flavors and nice light malt character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (12774) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 14, 2009
(12oz bottle, thanks nupplastikk) Medium beige head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel/bread, some spice. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, light spice, rye. Light-medium body, lightly sticky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle shared by nuplastikk: Pours a transparent copper amber with a thin, stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of citrusy grassy noble hops and a touch of grainy semi-sweet pale malt. Starts with decent body and mild caramel sweetness with some mild rye flavor before a drier, grainy finish with some light citrusy hops. A pretty drinkable and balanced brew, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Pours a medium clear copper with a thin lasting off white head. Aroma is herbal and lightly flowery hops, hints of wildflower honey, and some pale crackery malts. Light caramel sweetness in the flavor, toasted malts, light nuttiness, grain- rye doughiness with light earthy spice, flowery hops, and a decent dry clean finish- light bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a crystal clear coppery red with a moderate-large linen white head that lasted to the end of the glass and left a dense layer of foam with each sip. Very, very mild aroma of caramel and not much else. The flavor begins again with a very light, call it weak, caramel flavor. It is in the aftertaste that this beer is most flavorful with a nice biscuit and rye bread flavor that emerges and lingers beyond the swallow. Medium bitterness. Frankly, this was better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5570) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2009
12oz bottle. Filtered amber-copper color. Nice head that fades away after a minute or two. I have no idea why this beer is listed as a specialty grain on RB. Pretty solid beer, relatively in the middle of the road flavor-wise. Some crisp hops completely balanced out by the toasty malt. Mouthfeel is almost too big for its britches, if you will. A little too heavy and thick, a rare criticism. Still has some nice caramel tones and hits the mark for the Copper Ale style, the semi undefined style that is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle courtesy of j12601. Pours copper with an off-white head. Smells perfumy and spicy with some caramelly undertones. Tastes of caramel and spicy with an earthy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1639) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Bright bronze appearance with an averge size, off white head and good lacing. Flowery, slightly herbal, hop aroma. Taste has a clean, sharp bite. Grainy flavor that’s a little grassy and a little spicy (almost peppery). Dry, bitter, lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Copper color with a frothy off-white head. Caramel malt aroma with some floral hops, soap and a hint of rye. Decent enough flavor--caramel malts along with some rye and citrus hops--coming together for a mildly spicy finish, although there’s a bit of a metallic aftertaste. Still, a nice rye infused session ale which translates well into the contract brewed sixers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2506) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2009
crass and harsh yet substantive enough it is grapefruit rind (the white) and just a bit more than a bit sweet with equal caramel malt it is altogeather tangy and harsh and desirable yet undesirable depending on ones mood. to be appreciated by the knowledgeable who know what they want. it is flavorful with a medium body.

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