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 (2626) - 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 (1493) - 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 (1476) - 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.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small offwhite head, short lived with a touch of lace. Clear copper color. Toffeeish nose, hints of fruit. Malty, caramelly brew. Not alot going on here. Some toasty notes, medium sweet finish.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slighly hazy amber body. Over carbonayed. Massive foamy head and very lively particles. Sweet and hoppy aroma. Pine mainly. Hoppy citrus flavor, mainly orange rather than the expected graefruit. Over carbonated mouth-felel really detracts from things. Tone the carbonation and a decent session beer lurks in the bottle, as it is, it is too fizzy to be a session beer.
REDDOGICE (202) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Watch out for the head of this beer! it explodes.... it took me 3 3/4 glasses to contain the head. the taste is okay...more ’neh’ than GEE! THIS IS GREAT!
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nothing special here: doughy nose, pours with a huge fizzy head, cloudy orange-brown color. Light fruity malt body. Not getting the hop character I expected from a PA and there is a cardboardy aftertaste. Was this sample infected or off somehow? I suspect that might be the case. Will have to re-rate.