hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft… Hazy, dirty orange/amber ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, white head. The aroma is far more hoppy than smoky. Medium-roast malts are also noteworthy. Medium-bodied with stinging carbonation. This rauchbier, unlike others, is far more hop-forward than malt or smoke-forward. Bitter, abrasive, bone-dry finish. Maybe a lightly smoked IPA?
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Growler. This was one of my first rauchbeirs. I don’t taste a lot of smoke but I do taste the piney bitterness the others spoke of, it almost hits you in the mouth then wont go away. The after taste is the only hint of smoke for me. Palate is harsh. Overall it is drinkable but so is bud light.
PhillyBeer2112 (2678) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at the brewpub. Light smoke aroma but on first sip was huge hops! Piney, citric, with a long strongly bitter hoppy finish. Only hints of smoke behind this. Considered as some kind of combo of IIPA and rauchbier, I’d say the components clash.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bold City. Pours a clear red with a thin off
white head. No lacing. Very weak aroma of piney hops. Taste is HUGE piney hops. Holy cow. Almost like Arrogant Bastard. Could be a good India brown ale or double red ale. More of an ASA. Yummy. Incredibly bitter. But there is no smokiness whatsoever. I can see in the aroma some of the smoked effort, but a true rauchbier is like smelling and eating bacon and barbecue pork. Very good but not a rauchbier.