onceblind (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 1, 2013
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
@ South Denver Beer Fest 2013. Clear amber with a boozy sweet caramalt nose. Flavor is a little too bitter with acidic lupulin hop flavors and not enough malt sweetness to back it up.
That1Guy (1806) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
16 oz can. Sweet. Pours a clear amber with a white, kinda sticky head. If youíre unsure what diacetyl is like, try this guy. Should be called Movie Theater Ale because it smells like someone squirted artificial butter flavoring into it. Flavor has more butter, with some carmel hops and metal. Diacetyl and oxidation.
Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2012
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is a lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin), with a note of alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean.
Medium body, syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
A pretty sad rendition, unfortunately. The nose is raw hop resin and little else, which might appeal to some but does zero for me. Tiny disappearing head isnít much to look at. The worst part is in the mouth, where it is a gloopy, gloppy, syrupy sweet mess and almost impossible to drink. Heck, simply having better carbonation helps a bit in these syrupy situations, but of that there is very little. The sugars are offered (insufficient) balance not by bitterness, of which there is surprisingly little, but astringency, citric tartness, and alcohol (seems hotter than 6%). Add to that a somewhat foul aftertaste and...well...yuck, sorry...no thanks...total drain pour for me despite the nose being non-offensive. I hate to add insult to injury, but the label art is sad...those little phallic trees are so crude and silly looking that I almost didnít even bother trying the beer. It looks like the result of five minutes of copy/paste work in Microsoft Paint. I hate to say it, but from a marketing perspective, that gives the impression that you donít care much about your product. If you donít have a decent graphic artist to help with labels (Iím thinking of Crazy Mountain here too), thatís ok...just leave off the doodles completely. You can make a perfectly presentable label with just good fonts and attractive colors, a la Green Flash, you donít need to clutter it up with bad art. Ok, sorry, rant off.
3fourths (7529) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shows yeast sediment in the bottom and it appears unfiltered but it is not bottle-conditioned. body is a lightly hazed orange-amber and the head is orange-tan, all fine bubbles with splotchy thick lacing. first smells is bright American C-note hops and yeast esters (citrus fruit, flower petals, peach pastries) with a small dose of straightforward caramel malt. medium-light body, medium-low bitterness, medium-low acid, medium sweetness, a bit too syrupy and flabby. floral yeast, citrus hops and caramel malt all combine into an orange marmalade flavor experience, with lighter notes of nuts, pine and muddled peach pulp. overall itís more bitter in the finish than I would expect from 31 IBUs, but still has the same emptiness and thinness on the back of the tongue that I get from other Crystal Springs beer.