Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is golden straw color with a thin bright white head...smell is very malty with some grassy notes too...taste is very grassy and crisp with hops too...nice...
SpringsLicker (2942) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color with a tall creamy white head.
Light sweet honey aroma.
Lightly malty flavor with some hops that come in at the end. Needs a bit more depth and body.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2005 (Bottle) Pours a cloudy yellowish gold. Huge foamy white head with every pour, actually makes it hard to get any quantity of beer into glass, even from bottle. Head eventually diisntegrates into foamy pillows on surface. Not good lacing. Aroma sourish. Mouthfeel watery, tastes very sourish. Not good. Something really wrong here. Either I got a bad bottle or this beer is just way, way overrated. Reminds me of bad homebrew with sourishness. Bummer.
Re-rated 8/26/05 thanks to new bottle courtesy of Matt at Cisco Brewers. Pours a cloudy yellowish gold, frothy white head, good lacing. Aroma bready, citrusy, sourish. Lacing nice. Tastes lemony, sourish. Feels more heavy than light. Refreshing mouthfeel, but tart. Different for this style. I don’t know, even with a new bottle, didn’t quite find heaven here.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I found this a difficult beer to rate for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that I’m not a lager fan; however, I gave this some thought and think I finally came up with a fair and objective opinion. Mildly hazy drawn butter pour supporting a massive rocky white head which stuck around long enough to catch the opening and closing credits of The English Patient. Thick veils of lacing filtered light through the glass from top to bottom. Citrusy and sour aroma of lemons and hops with a decidedly "Lager Skunk" element. Slightly sour flavor of lemon and pale malt with yeast and more hops. Tart finish which didn’t end as crisply as I would have expected. Overall, this beer had an interesting profile far superior to industrial swill lager but the skunky aroma and sour note made it difficult to truly enjoy; however, once pored, it is simply a gorgeous glass of beer.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear effervescent gold with a large fizzy white head. Fresh piney aroma, very strong. Taste is clean and refreshing, with a pronounced hop bitterness and a piney taste... very reminiscent of Pislener Urquell, but seems smoother. Nice summer beer.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
So a while back I rated this beer from what is now clear to me was an old bottle well past its prime, and withdraw any opinions I once held on this beer. Bottle, pours a clear golden color, with a large frothy white head. Pungent funky and skunky hop aroma. I’ve read complaints about Cisco’s beers being too carbonated, but this one doesn’t fall into that category (and I’m fairly sensitive to high carbonation levels). Well balanced beer, with chewy cookie dough malts lingering for several seconds after each sip. The lemon in this keeps it from ranking amongst the top beers in this style, but it certainly is refreshing. Nearly perfect on the palate. Pricey, but I can’t recall having a better summer seasonal.
haddon90 (1350) - Newport Beach, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bought this bottle from Atlantic City, NJ. Pours a kinda hazy amber color. Nice hopsy/citrus aroma. Great taste! Smooth, some tart/hops in the flavor. Lemony definitely. A great bear none the less.
Rballs01 (277) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great refreshing beer. For a lager this beer is full of hops. Not too much but just the right balance. Love the label, nice summer theme. Grab a 750ml and share it with a buddy or do it alone. Another great beer from Nantucket island!
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pale yellow with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma is very bready and sweet, a good deal of hops. Flavor is dominated by bitter citrus; very lemony, tart and sour. Mild hoppiness evident in the finish.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was the best of the 3 I got in wayne. Bottle poured hazy with yellow body and foamy head. Nose is strong with hops, grass and yeast. Taste is nice, as is the small bubble carbination. There is an underlying buttery taste but not bad.