tmoreau (2368) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle poured to my 1/2 pint taster glass showing a clear, orangy gold color, a rather persistent, soft white, bubbles & cream head, and an etched-like design of lacing on the glass. The aroma was light grain & malt, slight hints of orangy citrus, floral, and pine, but all were over shadowed by some mineral and metallic scent. The flavor offered a pleasant, non-aggressive, equally resiny & citrusy, moderate hop bitterness, and soft malt. Light to medium bodied, decently carbonated, with some dryness to the finish. The flavor was more favorable than the nose, but the brew in general, was fairly sessionable.
headcase (1) - Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2013 does not count
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
From tap. Lovely idea, always wanting to find cramflow ales in the US. Clear, dark and sweet, but lacking the obvious.....a cream head. Served with a tiny regular layer of bubbles that soon dissipated. Hoppy, a little...drinkable, for sure....but generally NOT what is says on the label. Disappointing.
TenMen (12) - Ames, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2013
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pretty, clear, fizzy golden cream ale with a head that disappears quickly. Aroma of light malt extract, oddly enough. Thin, kinda refreshing, with a slightly sour/bitter aftertaste. I detect almost no hop presence, despite the labeling; maybe there was one early addition for that hint of bitterness. Not bad for a standard cream ale, but not what I was hoping for.
ExpendableHero (748) - Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden brew with a thin, white head. Aromas of some grassy hops, and assorted plants. Tastes of biscuit, grassy/earthy hops, some floral notes, all nicely balanced by creamy malts. Mouth feel is indeed quite creamy, ends on a bittersweet hop note. Very easy to drink, interesting, and enjoyable.
backdaft (214) - Menasha Red Light District, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a light gold in color with a thin white head. Mild floral hop aroma. Grainy in taste with a touch of hops. Smooth creamy mouthfeel for sure. No bitterness to speak of IMHO. A strang hybrid and the name does fit.
pumpmaster (1124) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from bottle at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL from variety pack. Not bad.
gnoff (7757) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl oz bottle at Burger & Beer Joint in Brickell, in Miami, on December 2, 2012.
Marked 5.3% ABV, didn’t see a BB date.
Hazy golden color, white head. Spicy, cinnamon, pumpkin, oranges, fruity, herbal taste. Spicy, fruity aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness that is fairly dry. Hoppy, fruity scent.
GhostFace (321) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
golden liquid with a white head that doesn’t last long. grainy aroma along with some noble hops. taste’s a bit earthy and flat. creamy on the tongue with a crisp hop finish.
That1Guy (1892) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Jakebra hooked me up with this one. 12 oz bottle pours a clear amber with a bit of a lasting head. Metallic aroma. Flavor of metal and wet cardboard. Yeah, oxidized as hell. Bummer.
MaltOne (211) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fits a unique nitch in the spectrum. After hefty Thanksgiving indulgence, I was looking for something to cleanse the palette, but I’m not fond of overwhelming hops. The idea here is hops with a smooth finish - basically it works. Pours a pale golden wheat color with a slight haze, white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is faintly floral hops. Taste is lightly bitter - a mildly peppery hops and finish is clean with a faint lingering dry/ flavor that I can’t quite identify. Overall - drinkable and refreshing, needs a liitle more finesse.