skoisirius (1347) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle into an English Pint glass. Pours a very cloudy and hazy golden yellow color with a fizzy white foamy head that sits around for a minute. The aroma has many things going on including bunches of pineapple mixed in with honey, and somewhat of a very similar white wine taste. There seems to be a citrusy background in there somewhere, as well as some sweet malt. At first a very sweet honey note comes to existence in the taste. This moves into a fruity (like apples, hawthorne fruit?) and somewhat citrusy body which then curls into a very dry and grapey white wine finish. Within the white wine taste is a spice note which I can’t quite put my finger on. The body is somewhat fizzy and thick, coating the mouth with a chewy residue that stays for quite a while like champange. Overall, I definitely like it...its not the greatest thing ever, definitely not as solid as the Mida’s Touch, but I do like it. Its interesting how much it tastes like white wines and not like beer at all. But I also think that’s the point (and why there is some lower ratings for this one). I’m still totally down for Dogfish Head doing all this craziness!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky dull gold with a fizzy short lived head. Aroma is chardonnay-like, grape skin with a slight tartness, some apple and pear notes as well. Sticky sweet flavor with more grapes, lightly astringent and tanniny with more fruity apples and pear, honey, flowers and herbs. Finishes slightly sweet with a very sticky long lasting aftertaste. I could feel this concoction on the back of my tongue and still taste most of it long after each sip. Nice crazy beer. After a string of less than stellar DFH beer releases, this was a nice surprise.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 06. hazy light yellow, straw color. Aroma is honey, spices, fruit, and alcohol. Taste is honey, fruity with light grape and apple notes, spices, and alcohol. very strange.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of carbonated chardonnay and grape juice. Poured cloudy, like a weiss beer. Tasted like apples in carbonated white wine with a hint of grape in the finish. Interesting.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Dogfish Head, Rehoboth Beach location. Hazy frosty yellow gold, white head. Aroma is musty cheese, honey, and malt. Flavor is honey, sour dough, apples, pears, and wheat. I found this one to be pretty tastey.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 Re-Rate...Pours very hazy golden orange with a small white bubbly head. Aromas of slightly sweet and tart berries with vinous like acidity, and just a slight hint of underlying honey. Lightly sweet-tart berry and acidic white grape juice upfront, a light hint of alcohol mid-palate, and spicy note over some light honey presence towards the finish. Palate is medium, effervescent, dry, acidic, and a bit tart. Original rating ( 6 4 8 3 17 = 3.8)
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 2006 750mL bottle shared with EDA and MKobes on 6/23/06.
Medium-high clarity, with nothing on the bottom. Not seeing this haziness that everyone talked about. Deep, ripe peach and apricot colored body shows medium-sized bubbles rising to create a flimsy beige/white head that scurries for the edges, leaving no lacing.
Cidery nose shows fermented honey and then a light tart/juiciness, I assume to be the hawthorn berries. Not too much grapiness in the nose, though, and some residual honey to sweeten things. Hints of vanilla, peaches, apricots and other fruity esters. Medium strength of aroma, does not show the alcohol (some minor sharpness upon warming).
Begins rather mead-like, with plenty of apple notes, dry vanilla, bits of earthiness and tart berry-like astringency. Some residual honey arrives mid-palate to add balance (lord, I never thought I’d see the day that sweetness actually helped balance a DFH beer) and soften things. I could attempt to guess the different notes present, but I won’t. Suffice to say there are a number of things going on here, none particularly melded together well with each other. Bit of fuzzy, rice-like bubble gumminess on the end as well. Texture is sticky, bordering syrupy at times, save for the light acidity drying things out. Carbonation is terribly loose and unfocused, tending watery towards the end. I don’t know, it dosent taste like their last four or five 750mL special releases, so I guess that’s nice, not that that really says anything about the actual beer. Don’t really know enough about what this should taste like or what was intended by the brewer to give an accurate assessment. The cidery sourness could be an unintended infection for all I know.
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
750 ml champagne bottle. Bottled on 08/28/06. Pours out a hazy yellow color, with a fizzy fast fading head.
Aromas are of pineapple, strange tropical fruits also. Medium mouthfeel, fizzy. Flavors are hard to describe. Grapes, honey, citrus. Finished too sweet for my liking.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Thanks ClarkVV. Hazy yellow in color with a little white head. Fruity sweet aroma. Pineapple and honey notes. Fruity stale citrusy flavor. Hoppy spicey notes. Sweet tasting. Finish is fruity and sweet. Medium bodied. Interesting beer.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2006
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Bottle... I like the bottle. The tattoo on the lower back of the Chinese woman does something for me. Now I know where that "lower back tattoo" trend originated... I thought it all started with Britney Spears. Anyway, that’s about the only thing I enjoy about this hazy golden ale. It has a small, creamy white head. The nose is musty and fruity with notes of apricot, clementine and a rumor of mint. The flavor is way too sweet and tastes more like a bad peach malternative than anything else. Medium-bodied and sticky with moderate carbonation. Finishes sweet and fruity. This is the one beer to drink when your local convenience store is completely sold out of legitimate malternatives. Thanks to growler for sharing the bottle. Actually, he had only a couple sips and gave the rest of his glass and the whole bottle to me. I should’ve dumped it, but I’m stubborn about beer. Really big bottle... got a decent buzz out of it!