GregClow (2795) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can sample at Union Beer Trade Tasting, NYC. Reddish-amber with a small head. Aroma is somewhat muted, with mild herbal hops that build as it warms. Flavour has a good malt/hop balance, with a hint of tobacco, and some sneaky bitterness in the finish. Didnít think much of it at the first taste, but as I worked through the rather generous sample, it turned out to be a nice little beer. I gotta wonder if theyíve improved the recipe given the harsh reviews it was getting up until a couple of months ago.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can (12oz). Rating #1750. Such awesome can art (two pigs about to do a gleeful jumping double high-five - porkslap, get it?) almost deserves a good rating ... but letís sample it anyway. Dead can-pop (like NesTea), a lively pour yielding a deep clear copper look and a very large lasting foamy beige head, which for some reason doesnít appeal to me; odd. Aroma - very strange, reminded me of mint leaves, root beer, rhubard and celery - very floral/vegetal - not BAD, per se, but odd, almost like some of those veggie-nazi all-organic health juice concoctions they sell for outrageous prices. Taste - well there really isnít much - a vague shadow of the herbal/veggie bitterness promised in the nose - thereís faint cheap malt character, and hiding in the background something like corn, no much alcohol - just weird, slightly bitter, long weak linger and aftertaste ... incredibly thin bodied, pretty much no carbonation, a bit of papery astringency; "Farmhouse Ale"? Yeah, made down on the farm, cheaply, and if you want a beer that tastes pretty much nothing like a beer, look here.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 27, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz can. Poured a clear effervescent amber with a small fizzy off-white head. Aroma of pink grapefruit, caramel, some butterscotch... rather sweet and floral. Flavor is lightly hoppy with some toffee and caramel, rather salty. Long bitter toffee finish that is rather biting on the tongue, which when combined with the saltiness feels like youíve bitten into a stalk of celery. Body feel s a little too flat and creamy for the style. This isnít great, or even good, but it IS better than raw sewage, which by transitivity makes it better than many macros in a can.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(can - 12 oz) Copper red in color with a very thin tan head. Aroma is rather malty with hints of hops and some mint. Flavor is malty but bitter at the same time with hints of toffee and some gingerbread. Finish is hoppy and bitter with a lingering bitter aftertaste. A bit watery.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 9, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce can purchased at Oliverís in Albany, NY. I also sampled this at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown, which confirms my rating. Minty, musty, floral aroma. Kind of weird and not overly pleasant. Doesnít smell like a Pale Ale at all. Transparent copper color with a small off-white head and minimal lacing. Sweet, almost sugary underattenuated malty start. Becomes very floral and perfumey later on and into the finish. Mild spicy hop bitterness to end. An extremely mild, underhopped version of this beer. Way too much floral hops and flavors going on. Not necessarily flawed, though. Itís just an unorthodox rendition of the style.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 29, 2006
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Picture yourself on a farm on a really hot day. As you get ready for some horse back riding, the horse takes a piss on the burning hot recently retopped asphalt. At least there you have a visual of aroma. Not so here. This makes Coors Light taste like Dreadnaught.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2006
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
(12oz can) Floatie filled clear nut-brown body topped by medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, peach, light floral. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, light nut, salt, floral. Very watery, low carbonation, light body.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2006
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can courtesy of Mike at Bon Vivant. Slightly reddened amber with a small off-white head. Nose is not hoppy at all. Flat malts, light caramel, and some corny notes. Taste is malty with light caramel and slight, almost seltzer water-like, bitterness. Body is light and bordering on thin. Ends with more seltzer water notes, light malts and watery caramel.
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2006
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can. Wife picked it out because she liked the littles piggies on it. And that is really the most redeeming quality of this brew. Not much new to add here - aroma was not good and neither was the flavor. Watery, bitter in a bad way, off and musty/funky.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2006
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
not even worth commenting on....but anyway, amber with a medium long lasting head...aroma seems off, hops, and metallic....taste is pretty much the same and watery.