hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint can. Poured a golden color with a smaller sized head. Pepper, fruity, spices, and earthy.
tectactoe (2348) - Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can: Amber bodied, decent clarity with a soft, semi-soapy off-white head that quickly dissolves to a foamy ring. Aroma hits first with some slightly sweet & slightly tart apple & pear esters, mild earthy notes, a faint touch of toasted bread, & a hint of malt sweetness. Pretty light overall. Aside from the slight earthiness, I don’t get much rye, & really no peppercorn at all. Flavor, however, has a decent amount of peppercorn & a touch of rye bread. Still, not spicy, though, just mildly earthy. Hints of light caramel malts, underdone toast, faint honey sweetness, & a small hint of apple in the finish. Rye gets stronger with warmth, some of those earthy tones linger. A decent beer, just a little boring.
BigBeer45 (1273) - Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a can,
this ale had a crystal clear gold amber pour and the pour made less than a fingers worth of a white cover and receded to a thin ring and a large island in the center, this drink looked very nice in the glass,
the nose had aromas of light malt, faint rye bread, pear like fruit and a little spice with some candy sweetness, the pepper was faint and in the background,
there were flavors of light toasted malt, bread, faint rye, and a little caramel in the background, again the pepper was faint, it had bread/malt sweetness, and a touch of spice after the finish,
the mouth feel was light and creamy with average carbonation,
a nice mix of light malt with rye and peppercorn, a nice drink.
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 10/27/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, clove, light caramel, toasted bread, lightly spicy rye, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, light-moderate peppercorn spice notes; with good strength. Taste of big apricot, pear, apple, grape, light banana, clove, light caramel, toasted bread, lightly spicy rye, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast/peppercorn spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, clove, light caramel, toasted bread, lightly spicy rye, peppercorn, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate peppercorn spice notes; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Peppercorn spicing was not overdone at all, and seemed to match the spiciness intensity of the yeast. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian spiced rye ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate peppercorn spice flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
milewide (1580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unique aroma and flavor. I pick up both the rye spiceness and especially the pepper addition. A bit pricy at $12.49/4 pack in brewery home of Grand Rapids!
alliance100 (817) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can - pours a light brown/gold. Fruity yeast aroma. taste is spicy rye with some peppercorns . Interesting brew. Enjoyed.
SaintZymurgy (8) - Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught @ O ld Chicago. Clear amber color. No head or lacing. Aroma was caramel and spice. Primarily malt flavor, I was able to feel the heat from the peppercorns in each sip. Overall a good job, any more from the peppercorns and I wouldn’t have liked it as much.
bekemeierk (8) - - APR 18, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much aroma but nice on the palate very rich color and very smooth drinkable beer. Does not keep a head
ChrisSc (256) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Tulip.
Appearance: golden in color. Small white head.
Aroma: rye is strong. A little sour. Pepper.
Taste: slightly sweet. Slight dry finsih.
Palate: a little thinner than expected. Fully carbonation.
Overall: iterating flavor. Tastes a little homebrewed. Sill good and worth a try.
drdisque (570) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at rusty bucket. Malty and slighly spicy. Tangy highly carbonated mouthfeel. A bit harsh on the tongue. Unexceptional.