jake65 (2600) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Instant aroma of citrus fruitiness and caramel malt as soon as the can was cracked. True amber color with an ample creamy sand colored head. Tastes maltier than expected with a deep earthy bond to the floral hops. No citrus, like the nose would have suggested. Lingering bitters are bright, but not obtrusive. A downright drinkable amber from a can.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Nice. Rather British. My can said 5.4 ABV not 5.6.
TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a medium, ever so slightly cloudy, slightly brownish amber with an average, off white head that kept a thin sheet. The aroma was moderate toasted, nutty caramel malts; light floral hops and a little lemon. The initial flavor was sweet, slightly acidic and ever so slightly bitter; while the finish was lightly acidic and bitter. There was caramel, toasted and nutty malt, a little roasted malt, herbal and earthy hops, and a little tea and lemon, and then some herbal and earthy hops. The light to medium body was a little syrupy and then ever so slightly dry with tingly carbonation and a light to moderately astringent and slightly metallic finish.
harrisoni (13565) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can at post Borefts BF 09 tasting. Amber, lasting beige head. Good malty amber malts, easy drinking hop. Interesting enough to make you want more, not so intense you couldn’t drink a case of it. Good. Just the kind of thing to take with you fishing and drink all day.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: September 09, 2009
Source: Bottleworks, Seattle
Appearance: clear amber, frothy beige head, drippy bits of lace
Aroma: sweet cold malt aroma, light floral hops
Overall: sweet chocolate and caramel malt aroma, earthy hops dries it out again
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
allendodd (114) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another groovy can with a green anodized pull tab from bhensonb in a great trade. Small, quickly dissipating head with a deep amber, slightly hazy pour. Initial nose is the caramel form the malt followed by light floral hops. The initial taste is a little sweet but finishes with a well balanced medium dryness. In a cooler of light lagers at a picnic, I’d pull out one of these any day, but wouldn’t drive to the store for one.
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Simply well done. Nice red color. easy to drink but with nice malt backbone. not sugary but has a good touch of sweetness.
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Single can purchased at Olive or Twist in Platte City, MO. How the heck did an Oregon beer with only 47 ratings make it to Small Town, Missouri?!?
Anyway, this is a tasty little "malt bomb". Hazy amber-brown with a nice cap of off-white head. Some sticky lacing, but in a spotty pattern instead of well-formed rings.
Smells like a rising ball of bread dough with a tiny touch of Cascade hops. Flavor is straightforward, malt on malt. Not terribly sweet despite the Crystal presence, just like drinking down a loaf of wheat bread.
Simple, flavorful, and done well.
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from BevMo. Medium amber/brownish in color. Somewhat bready aroam. Some hop presence as well. Quite malty. Some spicy hop flavors finish it up. Quite dry and somewhat roasty. Pretty good little amber.
marcus (6420) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This reddish amber beer poured with a decent beige head and a toffee aroma. The fluffy head subsided, leaving a sweet tasty caramel malt brew with a little carbonation and a nutty hop finish.
Fin (7347) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can that I picked up from Bellingers, Jet Garage, Grove Nr Wantage, Oxon, consumed 15-10-09 pours orange with a slight orange tinge, off white head which is a bit filmy, also touch of haze and medium carbonation. Some toffee in the bite, touch of stickiness and sweet malts but these are more than balanced out by the crisp refreshing nature of this beer. Soft in the mouth, a little flush of fresh hops, very pleasant. A7 A4 F7 P4 Ov15 3.7