saltyseadog (34) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAR 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1qt mini growler from Urbandale Hy-Vee, in a Sam Smith pint glass. Subdued aroma of cracker bread, caramel, honey and banana. Pours a cloudy, rusty red with a thin bubbly head and effervescence exploding churning and roiling everywhere. Real pop on this one, very much like Coca Cola. Very pretty in the glass. Crisp clean acidity up front followed by dry biscuit and sweet malt with just a hint of ripe banana sweetness and gentle hop bitterness on the finish. Light to medium body, great acidity and effervescence keeping things fresh and light. My least favorite thing in the world might be flat, stale English beer. I was initially put off by the aromatic qualities of this one, probably based on bad experiences in the past with stale Smithwick’s and Killian’s bottles in sketchy watering holes, so it came as a tremendous relief to find the flavor profile so light and fresh and approachable. Probably the best beer of this style I’ve had to date, which admittedly isn’t saying much. Hats off once again to Confluence’s talented brewers!
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2015
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap at Confluence. Murky washed out amber pour with minor head. Earthy, slight sweet, slight grass. Thin. Meh.
wlajwl (5774) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is caramel malts, earth and light citrus. The flavor is caramel/malts, fruit, biscuits/bread and a slightly dry/smooth finish.
jredmond (7458) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Clockwork’s 4K/5K/10K gathering 2013. Growler courtesy of John. Pours a light amber body with thin white lacing. Aroma is light malt, but overall pretty plain. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of sweet malt, faint fruit and light grain. Meh.
jtclockwork (14930) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler shared by John at 5K/10K/4K. Pours dark amber. Nose and taste of barley, candied fruit, sweet malt and light grain. Medium body.
kaser (5640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on draft at Confluence Brewery in Des Moines. Sweet and tart taste for a red. Dark with white head. A little too sweet for me but not hard to drink
boozedude (2228) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish pour..cardboard aroma.. slightly metallic.. not bad but cant really figure this one out
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler at James’s 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours a clear ruby tinged brown amber with a thin white head. Grainy and malty on the nose, sweet with light toast. Medium bodied, malt and a bit of grain. A touch sweet, malty. Finishes up with some bitterness on the finish.
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewpub. Deep copper tinted red and brown brew. A medium khaki head. Sweet malty walnut nose with some apples. Some citrus notes. The taste has peanuts and caramel. Toast and sweet cereal. Nicely done.