Radek Kliber (6457) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 650 ml
Aroma sweet caramel candy nose with high fresh hop notes. Slight citrus at edges.
Appearance medium haze on bright amber with medium white top. Fairly presentable. 3+.
Flavor and Palate : Sweet candy like front, Hop , lemon/bison grass herbal character with slight citric hints. Touch of orange peel? Lemon tea like finish. Refreshing.
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Nearly golden with some head retention. Aromas of crisp hops and clean malt. Some hay and barley too. Taste is malty with a zing of hops. Aftertaste is dry and wheaty. Pretty enjoyable.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011-03-23. Hazy orange body, smooth off-white head. 3+ Aroma is very perfumey and floral up front, floral lemon candy character, grassy, cotton candy, with a lemongrass transition, mild citrus hop character comes out as it warms. 6+ Flavour has modest hoppy bitterness throughout, citrus up from is overtaken by a weird floral sweetness, notes of cotton candy flavoured Jelly Belly candy at times, bitterness takes increased prominence as it warms. 6+ Average palate. Sort of enjoyable but the juxtaposition of flavours can be both intriguing and jarring depending on the sip. Unique. Bottle at Volo, Toronto
DeanF (1716) - Nunavut, CANADA - JAN 24, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very nice large solid head and a darkish yellow with some fog, quite good in the world of golden ales. Very hoppy aroma, almost IPA-ish. Flavour is essentially that of an IPA with just a hint of bready malts in there to indicate otherwise. Not bad, very drinkable.
DuffMan (6737) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy golden, huge clingy, lasting white head. Aroma is initially a little sweaty, with citrus and sharp green elements (like fresh carrot tops). Flavour is citrus-kissed sweet pale malts with a nice rich earthy leafy hop finish, leaning toward marijuana in character. Really tasty. Finish is solidly bitter.
microakes (159) - CANADA - SEP 21, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Apricot fills the nose here, slightly orange tint to otherwise normal pale ale. The taste is of hops and citrus rind. Could be less bitter and more sour, I think.
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly cloudy copper-gold with small head. Some lace. Slightly grassy & floral scent. Malt is on the light side with a hint of honey. A little bitter hop. Persistent and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink and refreshing.
presario (4624) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber with thin head. Grassy scent with some floral tinges. Nice quaffable beer with enough hops to meditate on. Taste of grain and a bit of honey sweetness.
TheJester (1873) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 mL bottle. Rusty gold with a very nice, white head which, unfortunately, doesn’t last. Not much in the aroma department. Smells sweetish, a little noble hops. Flavour is also fairly unassuming, although there is a nice level of C-hops in there. Body is a little on the thin side. Not bad.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This galant Golden Ale balances refreshing citrusy hops and slender pale malts in a wash of big bubbles and wooden, green hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam decorates the misty amber-hued golden.
-The pale malt flavors are simply beautifully extracted and present from aroma to finish.
-That green wood note from the bittering hops last well after the initial sip is gone.
-This is a great summer brew, or year-round quencher for that matter. Since this is their flagship brew, I can’t wait to try the rest of the lineup!
Bottle. Thx Stephen!