Underhook (162) - Lincoln Park, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours fairly light amber. Good head and solid lacing. Smells of a little malt, fruit, weak. Nothing about this beer impressed me until I sipped it. Excellently balanced taste. Cricket Hill continues to impress me for a small local brewery. Lots of citrus notes there, some lemon and grapefruit topped with a hop punch akin to that of an IPA. I would actually almost consider this an IPA. Finishes hoppy/bitter. Smooth palate with a light, ticklish carbonation. Unlike other tasters, I didn’t find this beer to be bland at all -- very complex and shocking. Very surprising brew, thumbs up.
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a regular white head. Nose is sweet, fruity and malty. I honestly wasn’t expecting much following the other reviews, but I was pleasently suprised, The brew was carmelized peaches with a malty undertone. Very smooth. The mouthfell was thin but the flavors were quite enjoyable. Might go here again, but the price is prohibitive at $4 for a 12 oz. bottle.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of decaturstevo. Poured amber with an off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with a touch of a hop background. The flavor finds some sweet honey and caramel with some grainy undertones. Light body, hint of bitter in the ending.
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Steveo, thanks. Label says cask ale. Orange colored pour with a white head on it. Sweet caramel smell, not much else. Light body, thin mouthfeel, a little bit of hops exist - light carbonation. Not alot to say about this one. Kind of bland.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled under cask ale label. Pouirs amber with a off white head. Aroma of toffee, cookie, and citrus. Light to medium bodied, watery british mouthfeel. Flavor of toffee and wet grains, with a very faint bitterness. Diacetyl finish.
Butters (3735) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Labeled as "cask ale". Pours a clear orange hued yellow with almost no head. Picking up some alcohol and grass in the nose. Faint hop bitterness. Finish is a little hot. Not a big fan
Sigmund (4949) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 Cask at the GBBF 2008, gravity dispense. ABV was 5.5%. Golden brown colour, no head. Fruity mild aroma and flavour, notes of blackcurrant and raspberry leaves. Low bitterness.
maeib (8602) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - GBBF 2008. A copper coloured beer with some whitish bubbles for a head. This is a nicely hoppy beer with citrus and pine notes. Just a touch of woodiness sets it apart from being an APA. I liked this a lot.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle jcwattsrugger was kind enough to let me steal at the Richmond Summer Gathering. Labeled as "Colonel Blides Cask Ale". Hazy amber with a beige head. Sweet caramel and citrus (tangerine?) nose. Nice earthy flavors, floral bite, caramel and citrus. Fairly clean, lightly bitter finish. Nice.
SaintMatty (5096) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (GBBF 2008) - Copper brown/amber with a bit of a haze. Citrus hop aroma with a hint of tea. Clean citrus taste with tea and lemon. Refreshing