oh6gdx (23228) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 2, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled@Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Golden colour, not much head. Aroma is caramel malts, fudge, some mild wooden and earthcellary notes as well. Flavour is rather much the same.
omhper (21769) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. (brewed by Olde Saratoga Brewing.) Hazy golden, small head. Fruity cereal aroma. Dry, almost crisp. Lightly salty with a bit of grassy hops. Low bitterness. A straightfoeard drinkable beer.
Travlr (16924) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice IPA, on the mild side, but decent pine aromas an flavors. Shared with two dudes from the Federal Reserve Bank. I just hope they don’t raise interest rates.
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at Barcade, New York
Cloudy blond color. Golden ale without special features; light hop in the aroma; too light malt flavor; reasonable bitterness.
rlgk (14695) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy golden beer wit a decent offwhite head. Malty bready aroma, dough notes, fruity, some citrus. bready dough flavor, caramel ,citrus, hay, some spicy notes. Malty dough finish with some fruits.
jcwattsrugger (11612) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle-pours a dissipating off white head and hazy amber color. Aroma is bready/sweet light malt, light fruit, hint of herbal hops. Taste is herbal hops comes out first, then some spice hops with backbone of bready/light malt. Finish is herbal hops. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for picking this out.
Drake (10888) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Pours a clear golden yellow color with a medium frothy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, grain, grass and a bit of corn. Taste is sweet malts, grain and a grassy finish. Medium bodied.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Barcade. Kolsch? I don’t think so... in fact, it’s not even close. Too much malt and too much hoppiness for that. Anyway, hazy golden amber with a thick white head. Aroma is nice, soft UK type malts, crackery and biscuity with a soft woody/spicy type of hop aroma as well. A touch of marmalade and a bit of sulfur as well. Flavour is lovely, soft and crisp with a fresh minerally bitterness. Crisp pale malt and touch of earthiness. It’s a nice English Pale ale... but it’s definitely not a kolsch. Excellent session ale, FWIW.
rosenbergh (8873) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 3, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
355 ml bottle. From the US (H).
Pale amber colour with thin off-white head. Some caramel and citrus but also ginger in aroma. Fruity tea-like flavour with some bitterness. Quite light and almost no carbonation. Very easy to drink but it feels more like ice tea than ale. 6% couldn’t be noticed.
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
My Bottom Line:
This pseudo-Kölsch’s beany nose and lax carbonation mar the leafy hops and dim biscuity cereals for a relatively unsatisfying quencher.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the hazy dark orange golden.
-Oxidation and staleness are not synonyms of freshness. And good Kölsches are supposed to exude freshness, right?
-The leafy hop bitterness is slightly more intense than the flavor profile itself.
-This is still drinkable, don’t get me wrong, but this bottle had lots of loose ends.