DrnkMcDermott (2855) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can’t explain why I like this so much better than the first poster, but to each our own. Draft taster at Standard Market today. Clear golden yellow under a stiff head. Smell has basically piny hop, a bit of floral note as well. Taste builds on the pine hoppiness adding a note of grapefruit and some big bitterness that still works well with the lighter malt profile. Welcome as a sessionable hop bomb.
TheAlum (6027) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour on tap at the brewery (Lyons, IL). Pours a well hazed yellow glowing hue, a good firm haziness with deeper banana yellow glow. Frothy bright white head is sizable atop, good firmer layer with thick ring and good lacing. Aromas are firmer hops, citrusy grapefruit, lemon and faint melon. Some firm florals, a bit of bread and raw graininess. More grapefruit, faint tropical waft with bread, fruit and gentle dough. Initial is lighter end of the fold, mellow body, with decent bitterness, dry grainy malts, bitter florals and earth. A faint spiciness with touches of melon, jabs of grapefruit and citrus. Some florals, more mellow but certainly enjoyable citric presence here. Touches of Amarillo, fruity tropical and citrus hops dance a bit. Mellow cleaner body, bitter powder and florals keep this clean and light, more melon with fruity and light qualities as we press on. Faint spice, grainy malts, faint straw with touches of decent bitterness as we press on. Finish is dry, clean, some squeaky bitter hops, citrus rind and florals, a bit earth with faint lingering melon as we finish. Nice, session worthy offering here with some nice hoppy nose character and some decent flavors that come on as you get in. A bit more delicate but it does come together, the hop character coming in spurts and integrating well in flavor profile. Nice.
kaser (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at beer bistro. Golden and clear pour with white head. Gumball flavor. Sweet grassy candy. Has a lot of flavor for low ABV. Enjoyed this one
edwardbass (589) - Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I’ve enjoyed all the Buckledown beers I’ve tried so far, but I’m not a fan of this one. On tap at Brixie’s Beer Bar in Brookfield, IL. Yellow color, with no head. Taste is musty with pine hops bitterness that seems "off" just a bit, and essentially no malt. Light body, and a bit "watery". Very much a "meh" experience.