ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2006 Well I’ve had the ’04-’05 and ’05-’06 versions on draught and it’s about time I get around to reviewing it.
Deep ruddy copper, with some deep raspberry reds and light tan tinges. Small, but moderately retained beige head atop with little lacing, clear, but from being settled/fined, not filtered.
Nose is a melange of medium-alpha acid hops, some earthy, some juicy, some herbal and of course the requisite citrus. Not overly juicy, but rather dry, with only a smattering of crystal like malts and some caramel and pale malt sugars. Fair intensity, low yeast apparency for Cambridge, and no alcohol (Will is so good about keeping alcohol apparency to a minimum).
The beer starts off with a earthy, toasty malt dryness backed by red fruits and a strong citrus overtone, though lenient on the bitterness, allowing more fruity flavors to really set in. Dry, but not overly so, with some caramelized malt sugars adding a light stickiness. Crystal malt, but not overdone or papery. Some chewy, nuttiness, with some light traces of water, but overall a citric, fruity, English-meets-America IPA. Carbonation is fairly low, creating a lightly creamy texture.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy copper body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some pine, caramel, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, strong grapefruit, some pine, caramel, light cherry, alcohol warming. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
OldGrowth (2421) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from brew pub, Good nose, malty fruity.carmel/ toffee, vanilla, bubblegum. and apricot(not unlike Berkshire brewings signature) Hazy brownish orange color. Small head that disappeared quickly. Good flavor. carmel, nutty, little pine too. Creamy bitter finish. Good beer, though I have to start taking better notes when I’m out. I let growler sit a couple weeks and it lost a little ooomph. Also I could of sworn I rated this one already, glad I started keeping my paper notes.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew pours with a deep amber body topped by a medium thick head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel notes. The flavor is sweet and malty with a touch of caramel and candy notes. Medium to full bodied and smooth yet dry.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper color, spicy hop aroma. Medium body, has a sharp hop bitterness and roasted "outdoors" kind of feel. Good but I probably wouldn't drink again.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark colored with a nice head..malty aroma..very malty flavors with hints of apple but lacking in any real complexity in my opinion. deep maltiness is all i get.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub: Orange brown with a slight hazy look and no head. Orange citrus aroma, smooth mouth feel, ends slightly sweet and with a grainy character.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber in color with a small white head.Chocolate,roasted malt aroma.Malty,bitter,hoppy with a good mouthfeel.