harrisoni (13144) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Hog’s Back Bottle Shop. I know I’ve had the original version before because my brother bought me it and a Bluebird glass for Christmas last year. But I failed to rate it. Oops. This is golden with a thin white head. Nice Mount Hood hop aroma. Some pale malt and some citrus fruit aroma. Good in mouth with nice malts balancing the hops. Nicely balanced juicy malt and then hoppy, but not too hoppy, finish. Extremely drinkable. Would like to have this on cask in a pub on an autumn day after a walk and I have a feeling I would sink at least half a dozen pints of this. Not exceptional, but really drinkable.
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16.9oz, no date. Pours a hazy golden with a moderate, creamy head. Aroma is light sweet pine and spicy hops, biscujits. Pretty decent, though not very strong. The flavor just isn’t very good. The pine is there again, but then there is a dirty yeast with some bad tang that takes over. Bleh. Dirty yeast aftertaste. Light bodied, moderate carbonation. I had this a year or so ago, and I thought that it was pretty decent. Not anymore.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought in England, but clearly intended for North America as the label reads ’Imported by Shelton Brothers, Belchertown MA’. The sweet, hoppy aroma and citric flavour of this amber beer make it reminiscent of a transatlantic product. The result is pretty good, but one wonders what the point was. By the way, Belchertown sounds a cool place.
Dorwart (2356) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large white frothy head of varying sized bubbles. Reduces slowly. Ginger ale and spicy hops aroma. Some light malts. Medium golden orange in color. Light crisp flavor with some lemon and more ginger. Spices and a bit of yeast. Finish is a little dry with a slight bitterness. Finishes clean. Decent but I don’t think that this is much better than the regular.
dwyerpg (4436) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Other than the self-given style not being very accurate, this beer is pretty good. Smells like hops and has a pretty decent amount of them. A little too much citrus flavoring to be fantastic, but good.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lightly hazed dark golden colored liquid. A tall fluffy cream colored head with decent lace. Aromas of light pine and orange peels. Only a hint of pale malt. Full malt flavors from the first sip. A light citric hops balance. A touch too carbonated for my liking. Some herbs a tea seem to mingle with the malt. I like the way the malt is developed in this one. but there are to many herbs on the finish.
Palidor19 (2917) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 I was delighted that the initial aroma pured a nice grassy and piny smell to it. Taste the same with a bit of floral arrangement, nice and smooth with a bitter back-taste
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like sour apples and british hops. The bitterness is balanced well with the smooth mouthfeel. This is like a pale ale with a unique bitter bite and a hint of sour saison flavoring in the finish. Great beer from the blokes across the pond. lol
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask. This to me seemed more of a pale ale. Poured a copper color with little head. It was not distinct and definitly was not a golden ale. It actually was nothing special but nothing bad either.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I don’t know what has happened to me lately… I have become a sucker for session beer… enjoying them far more than the busty and bold High Gravity beers of the moment!
Poured a lovely copper body and a tall pillow of ivory head. The aroma and flavor bring pleasing earthy and mildly spicy citric suggestions. The finishing hops are blended together nicely with fruity, bready, and biscuity malts. The palate is medium and the finish is dry with hints of chipped Pine and Cyprus woods. Well done; a nice mild drinker, indeed!