BorksBabe (85) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is of corn and spices. Appears a cloudy, golden yellow with a thick, bubbly head. Very apparent flavors of Ginger, barley, and maybe some carrot. Thin palate. Overall not horrible.
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very nice with licorice, spices, malt, and yeast. The appearance is hazy gold and like the aroma. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall very interesting.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle . Aroma of pale malts and grain with nutmeg and allspice.
Cloudy light straw with rocky white head. Nice spicey notes of nutmeg, grain of paradise, ginger and lemmon zest in flavor with pale malts and touch of citrusy hops. Medium body with high carbonation. Finish is light and dry with a bit of lemmon citrus.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted 6/27/08. 22oz bomber. Filtered with a pale golden hue. Layero f white head. Mildly spicy nose. Medium bodied with orange citrus notes. Spicy and peppery flavor. Ginger Licorice and Fennel? Crsip and tasty. Good spices that really shine as the beer comes up to temperature.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy white-straw-golden body with a very thick white head. Uber-spicy and peppery. Very nice. Grassy, earthy and chewy yet, light and refreshing. Awesome beer!
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A vigorous pour produces a three finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my New Belgium globe glass. The beer is a hazed, straw color that shows a hazy, amber-tinged, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite spicy with ample spice notes reminiscent of an aromatic mix of ginger, clove, nutmeg, pepper and something akin to white chocolate. If you really dig for it a grassy grain note becomes noticeable.
The beer is lightly sweet, but mostly comes across as dry. It is light bodied, but has a soft weight to it as it flows across the tongue. It finishes with a biting note that is a mix of pepper and bitterness. Flavors of nutmeg, light ginger, something savor that is a bit like sage or rosemary, clove and allspice. There is not a whole lot of the usually beery flavors here, but I wouldn’t say that the spices are overwhelming; the spices certainly play the lead role, but I wouldn’t bet my life on the specific mix of spics used. This is well carbonated, which adds a nice textural component to the delivered spice flavors. Perhaps a touch of herbal honey notes and a touch of cracker-like grain are all that I really get of the malt character in the flavor.
The spiciness is certainly more focused in the aroma than it is in the flavor, but it still plays a big role here as well. This is pretty tasty and is a nice mix of spices, but I really wish that the typical malt and hop notes would have added some additional and, I would argue, needed complexity. Not nearly as tasty as the original Coney Island Lager.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 ounce bottle purchased from the Davis Food Co-Op. Holy shit, this smells like pepperoni pizza. Perhaps a little herbal basil is also there in the nose. Definitely pepperoni. Moderately hazy yellow body with a medium-small white head with pretty crappy lacing. Highly carbonated, highly spicy, peppery, herbal flavors to start. A bit lemony and metallic in the middle. Finish has some more of those herbal pepperoni flavors. Pretty hopped up in the end. Not sure I care for this.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice light yellow straw color with medium white head and good carbonation. The nose is spicy with definite malt undertones. Nice spicy ginger lemon on the tongue and finishes with a nice ginger burn. Interesting beer. Would definitely drink again.
Maverick34 (2366) - New York, USA - JUL 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. A pretty decent beer. Pours a cloudy brightish yellow with a moderate head. aroma is lemons & herbs. Taste is similar but with a small hops kick & some acidity at the end. Good.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 03/29/2009. Very clear golden yellow body with a small white head. Sweet floral and herbal spicy aroma, hints of anise. Very sweet fruity flavor, with lots of spice, some lemongrass and cardimom. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. 7/2/7/3/14 - 3.3
Bottle from Once Upon a Vine on 07/03/2008. Cloudy white body with a medium frothy white head. Lemongrass, citrus, faint nutmeg, and possibly grains of paradise. Flavor is ginger, probably grains of paradise, and more lemony citrus hints. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink. 7/2/7/4/14 - 3.4