TAR (2349) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden straw. Fat, one-inch layer of pasty white foam. Sharp grassy hop aroma with notes of lemon cake, white pepper, and minerals. Perfectly airy with perfume, glaze, and toasted pale malt whispers. Pillowy carbonation. Soft and slippery on the palate. Explosive flavors of lemon pulp balanced by immense hop spice. Thoroughly soft and floral, yet with a firm snap of leather and crackery malt nuances, midway. Extremely delicate toasted malt underlay with surfacing chardonnay grape acidity, lemon balm, and some brushing floral hop coarseness. Finishes with less hop poignancy than expected, along with a waning dryness and pale malt flavor, but everlastingly flowery and melonlike, which provides more than enough to hold your attention throughout the glass. Overall, an elegantly crafted, bottle conditioned lager, with an appearance and aroma to die for. Just needs a bolder malt structure to help mask the slight acidity, along with more dryness and assertive hop bitterness. Otherwise, this is perfect. Thanks, PsychProf!!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy golden orange. Nose lightly hoppy, malts are bready and grassy, a hint of lemon. Flavor quite good, bit of fruit, plenty of breadiness and an enjoyable hop bite at the end. Quite nice.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 19, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the Vermont Brewers Fest. Bit of lemon, fresh grass and a hint of berries in the nose. Reasonably malty, a bit bready-yeasty, good sweet-sour balance, very drinkable but for me not at all exciting. What’s the fuss about?
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2004 Pours with a large creamy head that hangs around. Aroma is of berries and a light beadyness. Flavor is of berries, light bread, and something else like a fresh wood taste in the background. Very nice light lager. Fairly mild but still some complexity. Refreshing and easy to drink but it still has a satisfying palate.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice light and airy lager, putting me in mind of Stoudt?s Export from years ago. Beautiful rocky head. Light spiciness and excellent balance. Faint sourness which stays in its place. Good, but ridiculously overpriced. After three tries with this, I came to find this was not the masterpiece I had anticipated. Not bad even so.
hopscotch (8246) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2007 Bottle... Lightly hazy, deep golden lager with a large, creamy, white head. Citrusy nose with notes of honey and lemon. Fruity and malty flavor, but well-balanced. Light-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Medium-length, dry, lightly bitter finish. I’m a fan of this one. Not my style, but well made.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Halftime, NY (they got it by accident as the keg wasn’t supposed to leave the island - cool beans) Dark orange color, little layer of a head. Hoppy nose with apricots. Taste is apricot, very fruity with hops and some grapes - also kind of bubble gum like. Nice, thin body though.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2002) cloudy, golden-amber color, white foamy head, steady carbonation, brussels lace, aroma is yeasty with a malt presence, slight fruitiness like an ale, with a light touch of hop aroma; taste is highly yeasty, nice touches of malt and hop flavor, slightly bitter, nice texture, somewhat smooth
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice, refreshing brew. Light gold in color with a nice, lacy head. Hint of fruit, lemon, peach. Pleasant finish. Crisp. Would definitely have this again!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a deep golden body topped by a medium thick white head with good lacing. Slightly sweet yeasty aroma with lemony notes. Slightly sweet yet sour and citrusy flavor with yeasty notes. Light bodied, smooth and crisp. Reminded me more of a hefeweizen than a lager.