auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the brewpub. Sticky, wet, spiced fruit aroma. Overly estery and phenolic to the point that it’s a little off-putting. The Belgian Yeast aromatics mash up with hops in a way that this beer takes on the sickly bubblegum character. Pours a lightly hazed copper with no head. Unfortunately, this beer lacks enough carbonation for the style. With more effervescence, this might be decent. But, in this state it just lies flat, dead, wet, and sticky. Bubblegum esters dominate and drown out a hop character that may have been nice. Not balanced.