Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
was a little embarassed after I poured this. As the head consumed about 2/3 of the glass and the beer barely taking 1/3 at the bottom. The head falls amazingly fast but not fast enough. The texture is that of a bubble bath, very weak, bubbly and frothy. On top a plateau is standing. The color is a lovely orange. The head is a constant battle.
Letís let it sit for 10 minutes.
The head dies down and to much surprise the lace is not sticky.
Aromas of cherries, grapes and orange sweetness.
Not much flavor to begin with. Excessive carbonation which affected the flavor and the mouthfeel. Not hoppy enough to satisfy me. Still, the sweet orange flavors and the spicy aftertaste is enjoyable. Some light fruits in the flavor as well.
This isnít a bad brew but it isnt a special one.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid peachy hue..huge, soft, delicate, diaphanous head, gently crumbling, leaving lace...Aroma: fresh, airy, citric, but well-rounded and pleasant...
Taste: very carbonate, fruity, and tangy up front, but overall smooth...lightly flavorful, peach and apricot appearances are muted, but appreciable and brightly flavorful...medium bodied, brief, fruity finish, decently fizzy texture.. pretty nice pale, all told, and held in this gi-mongous 26 oz bottle, Iíve still got some drinking ahead of me apparently...yum, but, oh, the carbonationís a killer and Iím burping like a man afire, here!
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - SEP 29, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml. brown champagne bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere. Loud hiss when it was opened. Poured out an orangish
yellow color. Humongous, loose white head comprised of super fine bubbles. Over carbonated to the max. I had to use a spoon and scoop off the head just to be able to drink it. Slightly hazy. Aromas are of faint background hops, spritzy carbonation burns the nose when smelled. Slight maltiness, and aromas of orange peel. Not much more than that. Tastes are of prickly carbonation, malts, and faint hops. Yeasty bite to it as well. Fizzy mouthfeel, bites your tongue from being so over carbonated. Finishes prickly, and slightly bitter. Nothing to write home about here. Points off for being so over carbonated.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a gargantuan foamy white head, slightly hazy copper golden color. Not surprisingly given the head, this beer is massively over carbonated, at times resembling carbonated water. Getís better as it warms in this respect. Aroma of apple, malt, hints of coconut. Has a sharply focused flavor revolving around cardboard. Some decent doughy malts. I would say the carbonation kills this, but the beer isnít all that great to begin with.
sallad (115) - USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured into 16oz shaker. Medium head, faily tight bubbles. Aroma of floral hops with sweet malt background. Bright clear coppery color. Crisp carmel malt flavor - perhaps a touch of darker roast grain or maybe even munich malt in the back? - balanced by a light hop bitterness. Finish is sweet with some earthy/grassy hop notes. Medium to thin mouthfeel. A decent english pale ale, a little too sweet for my taste.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, at Craft Bar, NYC.
Murky brown/brown colour with a white head. Hoppy, creamy aroma. Sharp and astringent. It has a palate that takes some getting used to. Lovely long length on the finish, hoppy and terrific.
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
08.11.04 750 bottle. Pours a pretty brassy gold with a big head. Instantly, big aromas of orangey, piney hops engulf my head. Slight orange tinge to flavor that melds well with a balanced, light palate of refreshing malts. Not really any eff, which seems appropriate for the style. A very tasty brew that lives up to its fancy packaging, what with the big bottle and all. Cicso was right, I really do want 750ml of this stuff!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 Original Rating (7/18/04 - 7-4-7-4-14=3.6): Malty and quite fruity aroma with notable herbal hop nose. Clear, golden amber with a finger of white head that recedes to cover. Decent bitterness and strong herbal hop flavour with decent supporting maltiness. Medium-light body. Kind of simple but very drinkable. On tap at the Vermont Brewers Festival.
Rerate (01/29/05 - 7-4-5-3-12 = 3.1): Fairly strong flowery citrus hop nose. Hazy orange-copper with decent and lasting cover of off-white head that coats the glass. Strong sweet malt base beneath fairly tart citrus, herbal, flowery hop flavour. Medium-light body with mild effervescence. Sampled on tap at Redbones with ClarkVV and Rastacouere.
VTHopHead (1503) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at VT Brewers Fest - A dark amber in color with a bubbly whiteish head. Aroma is of malt and fruity hops. Flavor is slightly citrusy hops with some malty undertones. Hops could/should be more pronounced. An OK pale ale, but mostly unremarkable.
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium-dark amber appearance with a small head. Grainy aroma with some fruit accents. Taste was slanted toward the malty side, but not to the point where it overwhelmed. Missing any significant hop nose or flavor. Slightly bitter and well-carbonated. Dull finish.