obguthr (4170) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moderate hay and grapefruit peel nose. Shimmering amber, thin head. Spicy, dry, grassy, and bitter, but not excessive. Grainy at midpalate, with a resurgence of bitter grapefruit peel in the finish. One of the better examples of the style.
BrewBoxer (2207) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle> Golden color with little head. Smells of hops and raisins> Taste is carmel and brown bread with a crispness> Very good but not the best from dogifsh
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle. Pours pale and golden orange with a frothy, 3-finger white head. Sticky blebs of lacing remain on the glass as the head recedes. Aromas of pine, guava, buttery dough, and light berry and caramel. The flavor is lightly bitter pine, earthy hops, bark, and a caramel and mild pilsner presence in the finish. Full-bodied and slightly warming, with medium carbonation. A very nice, refreshing, smooth beer.
mansquito (3678) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
New Beer Distributors DFH sampling: Pouring a golden colour with a frothy white head. Aroma of lemon and piny hops. Mouthfeel was quite good and nice. I had it pretty cold, so I don’t know if it was allowed to get all of its flavor out there. While I think it was a very tasty beer, with absolutely no offensive traits (i.e. what most lower end beers of this style have). Nice hoppy, grass, lemon, bread and all that good stuff.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured yellow with a white head. aroma was lemon, peach, and mango. flavor was lemon and herbal spice. light body with soft carbonation.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, courtesy of beachbum25. Thanks, Jim! Pours a deep, honey color with solid clarity; beautiful, textured, fine-bubbled off-white head with great retention and lacing that sticks; beautiful pour. Lots of resiny floral notes and a modest honeyed sweetness in the aroma; additionally, some herbal character and a mild spiciness; really, some nice complexity in the hop character and some kickass floral notes without harshness; hugely engaging nose. Medium-full body, medium carbonation; no apparent alcohol. High amounts of floral and grapefruit hop bitterness first and foremost: slightly resiny, generally non-astringent (at this point), sticky and dank; the honeyed maltiness seems almost a touch stale, with notes of orange alongside an emergent alcohol warmth that adds a quiet vinous character; overall, definitely an engaging shot at a style that tends to suffer from unchecked astringency and roughness; in contrast, we’ve got tastiness here. Again, huge floral contributions. Long finish of toasty maltiness, with lingering citrus and floral bitterness; ~dry.
iowaherkeye (2697) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL Bottled in 2010 2B from Julio’s for ~$9, if memory serves. Don’t let me down DFH--I loves me a good pils. Clear bright yellow gold with a two finger bone white head, fair retention. Generic citrus and grassy hops in the nose atop a firm fresh pasta malt backbone. So far, so good, and pretty balanced thus far. Flavor continues with the grassy hops and pasta biscuit malts, a little mandarin orange notes showing through a bit as it warms in the mouth. The orange actually took over hops-wise after a bit, in the nose and flavor. A little less pilsener-y in the flavor as I work down my glass, but it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Finishes semi-dry, no alcohol noted, and bitterness peaked at a 3-4 or so. Medium creamy body with low lightly prickly carbonation. Pretty good, though only kind of pilsener-y
robgibbens (418) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this beer at the Gaithersburg Alehouse on the day they first tapped it. A nice surprise! Gold color with a lacy head. Served in a shifter. That aroma is sweet hops but not as strong as a 60 minute IPA. It is definitely hippy on the tongue but mellow. It finishes strong and smooth. The 7.5% ABV is apparent but the beer is very nice.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ the brewpub, Rehoboth DE-Cloudy golden pour w/a moderate white head. Floral hop aroma. Strong citrus hop flavor on the front end, w/some grass & grain mixed in, a little pine & lemon. This isn’t generally my favorite style, I don’t really like how the hops & grain mix togather in these, and this is really no exception. I’d rather just drink a 60 or 90 on tap (or a 75 on cask!), but that’s just me. This is a very good example of this style, and if these are your thing, I’m sure you will enjoy it. Aggressive hop finish.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Very nice. A little more mellow than Golden Era, but nice all the same. I’m not a huge lager fan, but I am becoming a fan of imperial pilseners. It did get a little cloying by the end, but it was well balanced overall.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light to medium yellow with a huge, rocky, sort of meringue-like, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished, but kept a thick blanket and left excellent lacing. The aroma was nice but a little weak. There was light to moderate pale malt; slight caramel and light bread; moderate floral and earthy hops; and lighter pine and citrus hops. The initial flavor was moderate to rather sweet and light to fairly bitter; while the finish was rather sweet and rather bitter with a long duration. There was caramel malt, pale malt, a little honey, floral hops, a little citrus hops, a little pine, and candy. The medium body was syrupy and then fairly dry with fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.