krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
strawbale golden. the head sprang from the gate like a rodeo bull. i had to apply an emergency "lip-wrap" on the bottle to avoid wastage. head was deep, white and craggy. medium haze, but a chunky snow-globe effect with all the particulate matter. even swirled, the tiny orbs of yeast spun apparently impervious to dissolving, like a planetary dust belt. aroma is not huge initially but starchy. it warms nicely though to mimic butterbrickle, balsa, potato peel and perhaps even a bit of the "scented geranium" mentioned on the label. with all the yeast in the glass by bottleís end, the flavor is still dry, papery, but the fruit floral effect is at itís zenith. finishes moderately bitter and quite watery.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Interesting; the Northwestern US hop ethic exported to the UK! Challenger is much mellower than Cascade, lacking the citrusy punch, and this has quite well-defined floral/herbal notes with an extremely solid bitterness. Iíd have pegged it for an IPA, if tasting blind. The maltiness is typically English, clean and slightly toffeelike and buttery. Overall thereís a touch of fruitiness as well, apricot as VENOM says, and maybe a little pomegranate. Amazing beer.
Discofish (152) - USA - OCT 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A nice blend of hops and fruit. Mild, but very pleasnt.
acnemaster99 (20) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
great beer, had it on tap. nice
obxdude10 (1942) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absoutely loved this beer, golden in color, soft lacy head that followed the beer all the way down the glass, lots of good bitterness in the aroma & flavor, bitter & dry aftertaste, excellent bitter
Brewmaster (168) - USA - SEP 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought it was pretty well done. Started off great, just didnt finish very well. Overall a good Bitter.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with a lightly carbonated head, this bitter has a wonderful(I like the earthy and peppery description) hop mouth feel and finish. Crisp, easy drinking.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice caramel and lightly fruity aroma, with a background of earthy and peppery hops. Flavor is surpringly clean, I was hoping for a more Englishy fruitiness, but it didnít appear even above 60 deg F. Nice herbal hop flavor and strong finishing bitterness. Very well balanced and flavorful, and goes down easy with a surpringly light mouthfeel - appropriately light carbonation. Pale amber color with large creamy stiff head and heavy lacing.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love bitters. This is definitely an above average example. Bottle conditioned. Balanced, with a nice floral smell. A fruity aftertaste that I canít place at the moment, but I do enjoy this beer. The alcohol is low, which is good to me. I get to drink more before getting tipsy. Too bad itís so expensive here. Make sure you check the íbest beforeí date, because Iíve gotten a couple that were expired before I noticed. Much better when itís still within date.