BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at the Stone 10th party. Aroma is big time orange blossoms and fresh oranges. The flavor is very light, not overpowering. Nice refreshing brew.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft version served at Wild Haire in LA. It was very orange/amber with white head. Aside from heavy cloudiness, it was appropriate color for a pale ale. The aroma pushed the point a little: strong malts, but very strong citrus smells - the citrusy hops and the fresh orange complemented each other very well. The flavor was quite pleasant - well balanced citrus bitterness and malt sweetness along with real orange citrus flavors that added some sweetness and some acid. The flavor reminded me of an american pale ale because of so much citrus, but I think that was due to the orange - unfortunately the brewerís website has no details on the brew. I was pleasantly surprised. Overall, the orange flavors complemented the citrus hops very well and this was one of the best fruit beers Iíve tasted.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Draft: Pizza Port in Solana Beach, CA) I never have seen a "normal" beer from Craftsman on tap in San Diego, and hereís another oddball. The name makes me think this might be a girlie beer, so weíll see. It pours a sickly looking, muddy, murky orange brown color, totally cloudy, reminiscent of, well, diarrhea. Sorry, thatís what it looks like. The small, off-white head dissipates completely within a few minutes. The aroma of fermenting orange juice leaps out of the glass. Pretty potent, itís hard to smell anything else, but some ginger seems to be in the mix too. Certainly doesnít smell like beer, which isnít necessarily a bad thing, and in this case, despite the awful sounding description, the nose still manages to be somewhat pleasant. Strong orange citrus flavor, minimally sweet, a bit tart actually, moderately bitter, some Belgian spices, but a pretty light malt base. Spice and citrus really dominate the flavor. Light-to-medium body, fairly clean on the palate from the tartness, light bitterness and spiciness. Not a beer Iíve enjoyed all that much, but itís certainly a very interesting beer, which always seems to be the case with Craftsman. And oh yeah, one more thing. This is definitely not a girlie beer.
jonas (5040) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - NOV 7, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Lucky Baldwins, Pasadena
Spicy note, slightly estery, a bit smoke maybe.
Murky Orange brown, no head.
Cointreau note, ends a bit on the harsh side.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky orange-ish brown pour with a slight white head. Very faint orange blossom nose. Watery body with just a hint of bitter orange in the background. Was expecting the fruit to be more pronounced. Slight bitterness in the finish.
DanielBrown (3155) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 On tap at Lucky Baldwins, Pasadena. Hazy orange beer: small persistent, creamy head and some lacing. Slightly wheaty aroma and quite fizzy. Sharp to start off with, levels out to a calm, faintly orange, wheaty taste. Lingering cardboard flavour. Undramatic, but certainly drinkable. (thanks be to ALH)
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Pizza Port Solana Beach. Pours a cloudy orange with a ghost white small head. Looks very quenching. Aroma is sweet, fruity, and citrus...much like an orange juice factory. The flavor is malty sweet at first with a fruity citrus finish. Medium body with semi-dry finish. One of the better fruit beers I've tasted.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Stone 7th celebration. Cloudy orange, light head. Malt powered by citrus sweetness, light hops, Some sort of spice and acidic presence in the finish. Somewhat unique, not bad but could use some rework.
21iceman40 (1732) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A combination of red and yellow make up the color, with a little more yellow. Mandarin, cumquat, orange, lemon, that the basis for the flavor here.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one poured an orangey amber cloudy appearance with a thin white fluffy head. The aroma was an all malty, orangey aroma...definitely citrus and acidic. The taste is very malty, and yet definitely and astringently acidic. Very dry ending..somewhat dull. Clean dry palate, some definite room for improvement here.