solidfunk (2999) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Smells of yeast, cereal and even a small dose of floral hops. Head pours big and last for a while, cloudy golden colour. Taste is crisp, a little alcohol and wheat or some other grain. Doesn’t seem like an amber at all. And the bottle’s a little different from this one in the pick - says golden ale on the label even. 853759000889 UPC
jb (2056) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Many thanks for my lovely wife to noticing ’Total Tap Takeover’ at Tap and Mallet tonight. Surprised this was an amber, very pale. Candy nose, and grain. Medium body, but not much complexity.
rosenbergh (6086) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught at the brewery.
Clear pale golden colour with small white head.
Very mild malty aroma.
Mild malty, sweetish flavour. No hops to speak of. Waterish.
Not very original or imaginary.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from the brewery, thanks to Merv for the delivery! Pours golden in colour, small white head head, no lacing. Aroma and taste are very reminiscent of macro lager. Not really impressed.
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Received two 12oz bottles in a trade (thanks, Ryan!). I poured them into a Southern Tier tumbler (one at a time, of course).
Appearance: Lager-like with dark gold/amber hue. Very clear with much carbonation present. Forms a small, white, soapy head that mostly dissipates but actually leaves some lacing on the glass - nice!
Smell: As soon as I popped the top I noticed a very lager-like scent to this beer. A cleaner, milder macro lager scent with a touch of honey-like sweetness.
Taste: Since Southern Tier is known for taking certain beer styles and imperializing them, I was extremely curious if they’d be able to do the reverse. They categorize Chautauqua Brew as an amber ale - which is usually a very hop-forward beer style not unlike an IPA. I was quite surprised upon taking my first sip and realizing this beer was much more along the lines of a Schlitz or Genny Cream Ale.
There’s not much to truly taste here. It’s akin to a lager without the crispness or sharp edge. There is a noticeable taste of grain and a touch of spice from the hops. I do notice a very subtle apple-like sweetness in the finish often found in English bitters, but it’s not enough to carry the rest of the palate. Additionally, honey and tea leaves can also be found in the palate - but only if you really pay attention to them. There’s nothing particularly off-putting about the palate, although it does become a little tangy as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Crisp at first, but quickly becomes tepid. On the heavier side of light-bodied with a soft, wet, texture. Clean finish.
Drinkability: This is a deliberately small, mild beer and while it may not be delicious it’s very refreshing and highly quaffable. The tepid body and lack of flaws make it very drinker-friendly. And at only 4.7% ABV it’s highly sessionable too. A great beer to bring to a picnic or BBQ in the summer and would work well with snacks.
Overall, this is an okay, easily tolerable beer and a great alternative to a macro lager. An ideal transition beer for BMC drinkers as well. I just wish it wasn’t only sold in one county in western New York.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from a random trade at Dark Lord Day. Pours a crystal clear, yellow-gold colored body with a thin, frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing throughout. Aroma is sweet and grainy with some honey and a light bread. A bit flowery with the slightest hint of grass. Flavor is similar. Grainy and sweet up front with a bready, honey touch. Some floral with the slightest grassy hint. Finishes crisp and slightly honey-sweet with a clean, very light bitterness. Medium length aftertaste following a light body and moderate carbonation. Overall, an amber ale? Not sure about that classification. Anyways, a decent beer with a pleasant honey-grainy sweetness and a slight hop presence that helps dry this and make it fairly crisp. Nothing special, but glad to have the opportunity to try.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: From the pour I got a clear golden yellow beer with a bright white head. The head is light and fades quickly to just a light film covering.
Smell: The aroma is light and has notes of pale grain and fresh white bread with just a hint of grassy hops.
Taste/Palate: The flavor matches the aroma with a clean light grain and white bready maltiness balanced with light grassy hops. I also get just the slightest hint of citrus hop flavor in the quick, dry and slightly acidic finish.
Notes: This is a light and very basic ale, which is nice, but I will defiantly be sticking with there other more interesting and bigger beers!!!
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice offering, I would recommend this, for the style it is one of the best I have tasted. If you find your self in this area, look for this exclusive beer, I tried on tap at their brew pub and consider do that yourself
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Hazy light gold, smallish frothy white head. Aroma of scorched honey and dry straw-like bitterness. Taste follows, not scorched, nice cereal grain and lightly acidic/herbal hoppiness (7-). Average body, light carbonation, a bit slick and chewy, quick-finishing .... fairly dull, but not bad, goes down easy, no ugly aftertaste.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
yellow with large white head. grainy nose. mild bitterness before some crisp grain flavor without much hop flavor. a drinkable blonde ale without much flavor, but finely brewed and conceived