hopscotch (9518) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear copper ale with a mid-sized, creamy, pinkish head. Good retention. The aroma is of berries and leathery, earthy hops. Sweet, crystal and pale malt flavor with bunches of sweet berries and a sassy hop bitterness (the only thing keeping this brew from becoming totally cloying and annoying)... nice, necessary touch. Medium-bodied with a lightly abrasive mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Watery, then dry finish. 10% ABV?? Could’ve fooled this guy... bonus points!
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Woodshop Tasting. Poured a clear blue/light purple color with almost no head. Aroma had berries and spicy yeast. Flavor was clean and fruity with no hint of high alcohol. Thanks.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - APR 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light reddish purple with a white head. The aroma has blackberry and blueberry and little else. Flavor is mild and largely made up of the aforementioned fruits along with a slight spice touch.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Aroma: Light bready malt, belgian yeast, peppery spiciness, and the expected berries. Berries are a mix of dried blueberries and slightly sour berry juice. Appearance: Medium amber in color with a slight purpleish cast. Off-white head was full and foamy with good retention and a slight pinkish cast. Good lacing. Flavor: Some light malt upfront with a bit of toast, peppery spice and belgian yeast. Berry flavors are really nice. Doesn’t overwhelm everything else, and isn’t sugary sweet. Some light earthy hop bitterness into the finish. Semi-dry finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Not bad. Fruit flavor was pretty balanced throughout but still shone through.
nolankowal (932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Crimson pour with a bone white head. Aroma of pungent berries, some pale malt and some vinous notes as well. Flavors of malt, berries, a bit of booze and some tannins. Medium bodied with a light carbonation and a dry/syrupy sweet finish. Interesting brew.
pineypower (2540) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out an interesting reddish/purple shade with slight thin head. Aroma is of fruit with slight yeast. Blueberry and blackberry are in the background the whole time, with some spice, yeast and slight alcohol and bitterness on the finish. Interesting combination of flavors.
lamas (1372) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle. Bottled on: 02/13/07. Pours a clear amber with a thick quartz head. Some hints of raspberries and blueberries in the lightly grainy aroma. Solidly smooth-bodied with some crispness at the end. Malty sweetness and the tanginess of the yeast and berries start things off. Finishes a tad musty with just a little pepper and the slightest touch of warming alcohol. Just a little drying. Subtle all the way through. Tastes pretty much like I expected it to.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A big thanks to cquiroga for bringing this beer to the Woodshop tasting at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA.
blue-ish brown, slightly sweet, absolutely no hint of 10% ABV. pretty nice
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is what these guys do best. They give you such subtle flavors that it makes the flavor even more pronounced. Nothing is ever topo sweet or shy. It is always right out there. This beer has the black and blueberries that show perfectly!
keith0718 (395) - Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I liked this even though I’m not a big fan of adjuncts. Heavy on flavor, not gimmick. I didn’t really taste the berries, they were very subtle. A well crafted brew.