DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with OhioDad, thanks Scott!) A pleasant grapefruit aroma bursts forth when I first pour the beer, but that diminishes greatly within a few minutes, gradually degrading into a somewhat vegetal aroma. Solidly citrusy hoppiness shows lots hops flavor and a moderate bitterness. Very gently roasty malts provide a base for the hops, but again, a slight vegetal flavor lurks in the background. Body is medium, with a reasonably clean and crisp mouthfeel and a lingering bitterness. The clear dark amber body is quite nice, and is initially capped by half an inch of off-white head. A few splotchy patches of lace are left on the glass as I drink the beer and the head recedes to a wide ring. Not a great beer, but certainly the best of the bottled Columbus beers Iíve tried so far.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy amber color, huge fluffy marshmellow like off white head. Aroma is feint, hops and some sweet fruit. Flavor is piney hops, bitter and earthy. Dry hoppy finish to it. Thanks Heemer.
hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle acquired in trade with OhioDad (thanks!). This one poured all head (7 finger head vs. 1 finger of beer). When the head finally died down, poured a medium and lightly hazy brownish/amber color with the huge off white head. Small floaters. Aromas of light grapefruit, flowers and with some caramel. Tastes of oranges, grapefruit, and caramel. Lightly bitter with a light sweet balance.
IndianaRed (1798) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a deep clear mahogany with a huge fluffy light tan head. This may have been due to the glass being frozen. Sweet slightly acidic almost lemony aromas, not much hops apparent. The malt flavors are pale a bit drap and woody. Lke an old basement but not objectionable. Still not much bittering, fairly unballanced in this area Iíd say. Still, tasty and easy to put down. Very lively carbonation and a moderate feel. Thanks to Ohiodad for this one.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
OHIOHDAD, THANKS! I got a huge head off this amber body. This head would not quit, creamy and tan and foamy. Nose was malty and hoppy and earth. The taste was hops, and balanced malts, but the finish was watery.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to OhioDad for this beer.
Poured an effervescent amber with a semi-creamy off-white head. Pleasant aroma of piney hops, touch of citrus. Taste has a modest hop kick with an acidic ctirus character... like a weak pale ale with a twist of lemon. Touch of toffee in the finish. Fairly refreshing, though not nearly assertive enough for an APA.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber color very dark for an APA I thought. Slight head dissipates fairly quickly not much lacing. Most of the aroma is surprisingly caramel malt. A little bit of hops on the back of the aroma but really not that much... Is this really an APA? First few sips were mostly malt flavor for me then I started to notice the bitter and citrus hops on the back of the palate ever so little. This is a very unique APA and It is a little heavier than those I have tried prior to this one. A decent drink and definitely a unique one for th style.
dp (602) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very enjoyable draft at a convention center. no hangover the next day after a good session. I will drink again next time in Columbus
TheBeerGod (4632) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at jeffc666ís Birthday Gathering. Courtesy of ???. Copper with a small frothy white head. Nose is hoppy and floral with light maltiness. Some fruit creeping in at times. Taste is hoppy with some maltiness and light fruit. Medium body with decent carbonation. Finish is more hops and light malt. Some citrusy fruit notes as well.
argo0 (10338) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12oz bottle) Clear amber body topped by small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, floral. Taste is mild sweet, rarthy, floral, light fruity. Light-medium body, light acidity.