brigg (577) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Can) Clear, orange-gold body with a small, disappearing white head. Pale malt aroma, light banana-and-cloves. Light bodied. Ripe fruit and some bitterness; moderate to strongly sweet; yeast; lightly spiced and toasted.
chinchill (3589) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz can continuously refrigerated, or nearly so, since the May 2015 canning date, as stamped on the bottom of the can.
The light apricot body is hazy and has lots of suspended particles. Medium+ body with medium carbonation. The aroma is bolder and more funky than the flavor; both are yeasty and carry hints of lightly roasted nuts and soft fruits. The flavor turns moderately bitter in the finish and, even more so, in the aftertaste.
O: an Americanized Belgian pale ale.
EithCubes (5371) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
An old can, DOB 07/03/2014, but still screams freshness. Nose grainy and Pils-like, floral with some fruity rind (which is strangely more like malt liquor fruitiness than Belgian yeast). Pours deep orange leaning toward dark golden, with a medium beige head. Crisp full body with some creamy smoothness, alcohol is a bit rough and fumy, and even at this date the phenols are out of freaking control (this is the main character of the beer), so beware if you’re sensitive. Faint ginger-like brightness, much nearer and potent spruce-like florality. Banana, light grass, pine wood. Vanilla blending with lemon, some meringue, medium bitterness and lingering yeastiness that clash. I think that’s the overall takeaway, many bold flavors that just don’t work well together. [2015.12.07: 2.9]
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange with banana yellow edges and a half finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Decent retention with sporadic spotty lacing left behind.
Floral, slightly earthy aroma with subtle grassy hops, bready yeast, pale malt and faint light fruit notes. Pretty bland with some piney hops, bread, biscuit, peppery spice, apple and pear.
On the fuller end of medium body with tight carbonation, earthy hops and a prominent peppery spice presence that lingers over the bready yeast, pale malt and light fruit notes into a dry finish. Thankfully this beer tastes more interesting than it smells but the yeast presence is a bit too strong for my preference and it feels more like a wheat/witbier than anything else. Some zesty coriander and grassy, piney hops followed by sourdough bread, bubblegum and lemon zest. Slightly tart and somewhat refreshing but a bit watered down and pedestrian. As it warms, the ester-y light fruit notes start to show with hints of apple, pear and raisin. Still, this beer isn’t very complex or interesting. Not bad by any means, but it just doesn’t stand out. I’m glad that I only bought a single can.
altonbrownd (4817) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at ATR Bethesda. Hazy yellow body with slightest head. Nose quite hoppy and a tad sweet. Taste hoppy agai, with some bitterness.
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours a hazy gold body with a small frothy white head that faded to a wispy film. The nose is lightly fruity and yeasty with just a touch of hoppiness and a bready malt base. The flavor is lightly spicy and yeasty with a light bitterness and a pale malt base. Fairly short on the finish. Light bodied with soft fizzy carbonation, pretty easy drinking stuff. Overall, not a stunner, but it was enjoyable enough for a pint.
Bacchus66 (59) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear golden color with a thin white head. Aromas and flavors are light, featuring notes of citrus and bread, and hints of sweetness on the finish.
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear gold amber with a thin white head. Sweet yeast with a bit of hops on the nose. Medium bodied, a bit of yeast. Lingering musk on the finish.
MattShizzle (577) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can - from sampler pack. Medium golden, slightly cloudy. Malty aroma with a slight sour note. Very sweet malty - definite Belgian flavors.
PartyFowle (791) - - MAY 23, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Hazy tangerine with a foamy head of white that recedes quickly. Aroma is a little grainy, with sharp pepper, dried orange peel and very faint Belgian esters. The flavor’s petty similar, though there’s a little more Belgian banana and pear offset by pepper and dried hop bitterness. Dry, crackery finish. The body’s a bit heavy and viscous, but balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness keeps things drinkable.