Nocturne (603) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Barrel House. Hazy amber with an off-white head. Instant strawberry jam aroma. Very impressive on the nose. Taste doesn’t quite live up to it, but plenty more bright, juicy strawberries are packed in. Mouthfeel a touch thin. Very good.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Very natural strawberry presence, low sweetness, soft acidity and tartness, and a nice dry strawberry fruity finish. Nice, probably the best of the few strawberry beers I’ve ever had.
tectactoe (1043) - Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2013 Bottle: murky, almost completely opaque amber with a big bubbles foamy, off white head that crackles. Aroma is funky strawberry. Strawberry juice and candy and almost pez-like with some dry cotton funk. Taste is pez strawberry, good amount of tartness, some mild oaky funk, musty and cobweb-ish with some tart, finishing strawberry. Dry and tasty. Finishing sharp and oaky.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer is a slow gusher as it tries to foam over as soon as I pour the cork. A very careful pour into my New Belgium Globe glass produces a three finger thick, pale tan color head and it leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The aroma has a bright strawberry note to it, but is not as concentrated as it could be; this plays up a grassy side of the strawberries, which is also played up by the pale malt character.
The beer is quite tart, with a grassy edge to it, as well as a soft, juicy strawberry flavor, a touch of strawberry sweetness (though this quite dry), lots of lactic sourness. The beer has quite a bit of body to it for a sour; much of it seems like a lactic slickness, but there is also a significant texture from the standard beer subjects, and perhaps some oak texture as well. There is some oak character here, it has a woody edge to it, some spiciness, and a bit of astringency.
Interesting, but not really all that great. A bit disappointing really as I was hoping for so much more; brighter strawberry notes here would have made this quite a bit better. As with most of the Cascade beers the funkiness is quite tame and really the focus is on the lactic tartness, so there really needs to be something else to boost the complexity.
pictoman (326) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the tap. Hazy yellow with white head. Strawberry nose and flavour. Slight tartness.
JStax (2564) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle shared. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head of foam. The aroma is like a strawberry flavored soda water. Sweet strawberry taste with a dry, tart finish.
Leighton (9622) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Funky 8 - Brooklyn, NYC. Pours murky gold with a slight, filmy white head. Lots of juicy strawberry on the nose, some funky sweat, wood. Medium sweet flavor, lots of tangy, jammy strawberries, funk. Medium bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Tangy berry finish, further funk. Nice.
gramity (1277) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours hazy copper with a white head. Strawberry aroma. Moderate sour flavor with the cleanest strawberry I’ve had. Tart/sour all the way with ongoing fruit. Delicious. Winey in a way. Excellent.
after4ever (5848) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and baled. Pours a clear burnished medium amber with a fizzy white head showing the faintest tinge of pink and then fading to nothing much. Big tart nose showing a mix of berries and a slight majority of oak. Woody sweet. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Lots of oak, a tiny bit of vanilla, plenty of strawberry, a hint of moss. Long tart lactic finish. Buster rides again, bitches. This shit is awesome.
jtclockwork (6907) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to jesterdeal. Pours cloudy gold. White head. Nose and taste of pureed strawberry, oak, strawberry candy, sparkling berry, lightly tart strawberries and a touch of fresh strawberry milk. Lighter medium body.