IndianaRed (2640) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub A medium dark amber with a modest white head and very persistant sheeting lacing. A faint softly sweet flavor of light malts and slight spiciness. Mildly hopped it is fairly sweet throughout.
DarkElf (3037) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR) Expecting a modest spiciness in the nose, instead, it’s sweet and caramely with a touch of orange citrus. The flavor isn’t as sweet as the nose hinted at, but it is fairly caramely. There’s a gentle spiciness, but the moderately bitter hops has enough presence to complement the effective contribution of the rye malt. Medium bodied, the sweetness sticks on the palate until the finish, where the hops lends some crispness. Golden in color with an off-white head that leaves behind quite a bit of patchy lacing. Enjoyable enough.
pinkzambia (1542) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap at Deschutes Brewery & Public House: This was pretty good. The brewmaster didn’t have an exact style for this one. He said it came closest to a California Common or a specialty beer. The color is a murky, light copper with and off-white head and clingy lacing (like a friend you can’t get rid of). I thought it was a well balanced beer with a cardboard aftertaste. It has a smooth and soft feel. Hopefully, Deschutes decided to bottle this one. I would go for it again.