elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in Dogfish Head signature glass. Pours a beautiful, deep gold with a pillowy white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate amount of lacing remains. Aroma of white grapes predominates, accompanied by some apple but not much else. Flavor profiles are quite subtle, delicate even. Chamomile (tea) is the leading flavor, followed by lemongrass and biscuit. There is a faint taste of white pepper in the background, with causes a slight numbing sensation on the tongue. Mouthfeel is watery, even a bit thin, but with lively carbonation. In sum, this is a worthy addition to Dogfish Head’s series of "archaeological" beers. In fact, I can’t help but wonder if this one might be the most authentic of the lot, on several grounds: 1) the alcohol level in this beer is low, practically nil, which would have been in line with many ancient beers, and 2) there is a particular breadiness to the beer, rather than maltiness. Despite the rather mixed reviews that I’ve seen on both BA and RB, I do think this beer is worthy of respect considering what was attempted here.
Darkmagus82 (907) - - JUN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review from 6-28-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a straw-yellow color with a billowy white head. The head faded over a moderate amount of time to leave a light amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell was heaviest of wheat with a mix of mainly light fruit aromas (peach, apple but maybe even a little bit of plum as well). With this smell was some spice and a light sugary sweetness.
Taste – The taste begins of a bready taste with nice hints of some sweeter cane sugar and a wheaty flavor. As the taste advances some spicy flavors of cinnamon and other spice come to the tongue. These flavors meld well with the more malty flavors and take the flavor to the end where a nice crisp taste is left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a medium level of carbonation. The crisp taste is complemented well by the lower body thickness and makes this one very easy to drink brew.
Overall – This beer is crisp, easy drinking and has some wonderful flavors. It is a very good brew, although I am not sure it is quite worth the price you will pay for it.
puboflyons (2117) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 750 ml. bottle. A slightly cloudy pale yellow to light amber with a short-lived white head. Loads of spice and Chamomile (as advertised) on the aroma along with the pale malts and juicy fruity character. The body is light to medium. The taste has all kinds of exotic spices along with the toasted malt character. Hops are downplayed. Highly interesting.
BeerdedDave (284) - - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cloudy amber color; fruity, spicy aroma; mild, fruity flavor with spice and herbal notes; cereal-like wheat malt and Belgian style yeast; slightly sweet finish; a smooth, refreshing, easy drinking beer
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love Dogfish Head, and this beer is truly unique. I struggle to describe this radically different beer, but there is a sweetness to this that is really wonderful.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub on 03/26/2011. Slightly hazy golden body with a small white head. Sweet spice, chamomile and light fruit aroma with pepper notes. Dry grainy spice and pepper flavor with light fruit hints. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cool.
Aroma: There’s an odd, almost coffee aroma up front. It’s either coffee or well-toasted bread.
Appearance: Bright gold/copper body. Quickly dissipating head.
Taste: Pretty malty at first. But there is a splendid herbal flavor that is reminiscent of oregano and balsamic vinaigrette. Pretty tasty!!
Palate: Medium body; with a moderate-long herbal finish.
Overall: Excellent stuff! I just can’t get enough of that herbal taste. I will definitely be having this pleanty more times in the future. Outstanding!
dfearnley (923) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to pint glass
Aroma of wheat, toast, lemon, flowers, and sweat. Translucent amber with loads of dark sediment and a somewhat creamy and bubbly white head with a dark brown patch. The taste is a touch sour with grain and cereal and nutmeg and horse blanket. I would have preferred more body as this is quite thin and light.
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wine warehouse for $12.99 - pours straw, with some nice bubbles. Bready with a nice light fruity taste. Nice!
merc7186 (2035) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Lightly Hazy Golden Straw, Mild White Head, Mild Lacing
S: Wheat, Bready, Light Citrus, Floral
T: Wheat, Corn, Bread
M: Well Carbonated, Light Bodied, Dry, Clean
Overall, an interesting Wheat Pale Ale that was very drinkable but a little pricey for 14.99.
musinj6 (390) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear golden color with one finger head that leaves moderate lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, yeast, pepper, spice, chamomile. Hint of herbal hop with moderate carbonation, medium to full body. Not sweet, mildly bitter, a mildly sour perhaps a little salty. Medium finish. This is enjoyable and drinkable.