JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange color. Moderate malt flavor and dry. An average quality oktoberfest, but it is very drinkable. I didn’t taste the hops. Thanks to skyview for sharing.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many thanks to Skyview. Coppery color with faint hop aroma and faint burnt malt on the nose. Malty body. Not bad for an Oktoberfest.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pre-opening sample from a growler, courtesy of the one and only Skyview. Light copper color with no head. Slight aroma of Noble hops. Much stronger hops in the flavor. Oddly light on the malt taste. A little caramel. Not bad at all.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a growler. Pale orange. Pear, watery caramel, dirty hops and minerals on the nose; slight and sticky. Flavor of bubblegum, bananas, and soft nutty tones. Pasty and bright, replacing the reserved, comforting sweetness of firm munich malts with something more abrasive and forward. Slick, medium bodied palate; finishes with thin maple syrup and grassy hop. Different, and reasonably nice.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks for the advance tasting, and best wishes to a new brewery! There’s some life here, though perhaps a bit less silky than average, and a range of malt flavors though adversely affected, to my thinking, by a bubblegum note. Still, very promising--long may they brew. Growler.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewery’s tap room and visitor’s lounge in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pours a clear dark copper amber brew with a thick, creamy off-white head that has some good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweetend caramel malt, a touch of citrus zest, tangerines, with a slight toffee character. Taste is smooth, creamy, medium bodied with light carbonation with flavors of sweetened caramel malt, toffee, a touch of mellon and some citrus zest. Finish is smooth at first and then has a light bitterness with a hint of bubblegum aftertaste. The two to three-months of aging has done some nice work to this new beer.