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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2014
2013 bottle, unoaked drunk 3/14/14
Light amber body still shows a touch of haze despite leaving it in the fridge for a week. Light beige head is full, fluffy and retained strongly down to the last drop.
"Cisco character" in the nose, somewhat tough to describe but it’s a bit rustic and lightly earthy. Medium mats in the nose show very light caramel and dry brown bread while the spicy hoppiness is fresh, quite bitter and seems to remind me of strisselspalt or something along those lines. As clean as possible with a medium-high strength of aroma.
Dry, but not grainy malts in the mouth provide light caramel, bread and just a touch of toastiness that segues in to a bitter, somewhat grassy hop spiciness that balances the malt perfectly and adds just enough flavor and bitterness without disrupting drinkability.
Very tight, engaging carbonation for a lager (bottle conditioned lagers are pretty phenomenal when they are done well) and the supple maltiness makes for a perfect texture; refreshing yet full in the mouth. Bitterness dries things and clears the palate, leaving herbal spiciness, dry hay and grass and light black pepper. Clean again in the flavor, and no alcohol noted. Exceptional. One of the better lagers I’ve had in a while and it’s so refreshing to see them do a more traditional take on the style instead of an IPL or Sour lager or Brett dunkel or Imperial Pilsner. Cheers to Cisco, these guys are really cementing themselves as the one of the best in New England. Very adept at brewing many different styles well.
As an addendum, I can certainly see how the oak would bring this beer down. Hopefully we can get Ernest and TAR a bottle of the unoaked stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (3939) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Clear brilliant darker golden under a thick foamy white head. The aroma has a pleasant grassy fresh hop tone with a kiss of pine and a backing biscuity malt (english muffin?). Smooth and somewhat perfumey flavor with some lavendar and hibiscus flowery potpourri notes. Finishes a bit grassy and bitter. Not my thing.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aurelius (4050) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Tangy, apricot and yeast, tawny aroma with some phenols. Large, wine-type bottle. Apricot tan, hazy, large fluffy head. Chemical and plasticky up front. Starchy body, loses carbonation. Dry, hops have bitter-only effect. Glad I got this at substantial markdown @ ABC Liquors(Bull Run). Overall, a chore to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34232) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

Clear medium orange yellow colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, moderate hoppy, grass, citrus. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a long duration, grass, fruity, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20130216]

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (10237) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle. Golden-orange colour with a white head. Aroma is oak, malt, hop, orange , yeast. Flavour is oak, hop, malt, orange, yeast, grass, pine. OK beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle @ home picked up at Mile High Denver. I’ve been looking forward to trying this one for a while. Pours a hazy, golden orange appearance with a fluffy, off white head. Tropical fruity, mango/orange, zippy herbal hoppy, spicy hoppy, juicy, grainy aroma. Smells and looks very nice. Somewhat chewy, bready/spicy yeasty, tangerine, mango, toasty oaky flavor with a fairly dry and moderately bitter finish. Pretty fucken neat beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thornecb (4308) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Pours gold into a shaker. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Bread and citrus aromas. Sour citrus and tropical fruit upfront turning to a dry, earthy bitterness in the lasting finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle at James’ place. Pours gold with a white head. Flowery hops, light grainy notes, and low sweetness. A good level of grassy and floral hop flavor with not a ton of bitterness. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (3787) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2013
750ml bottle in a lager glass. Pours golden with a lacy, white head. Aroma of pale and light caramel malts plus a decent hoppiness for a lager. Flavor the same, with a nice smooth texture not seen in a lot of lagers and a good amount of hops followed by a toasty finish. A pretty good beer of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7956) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle shared by Jay at tasting at my house. Pours cloudy gold with white head. Nose and taste of white sugar, lemon zest, grassy hops and light herbs. Medium body.


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