jimhilt (2339) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 19, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours with a two-finger bubbly white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy pale amber color. Light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Medium carbonation. Starts hoppy, finishes hoppy with a lingering hoppy after taste. Typical pale. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. Company president tells me the ABV is 5%.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden yellow and poured with a nice foamy white head. Kind of fruity and citrusy aftertaste - lemon and pear undertones. Nicely hopped, a nice unpresupposing beer.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2007 2004 bottle
Pours a copper-amber, pretty light and completely filtered with a good white head. Aroma of apples? papery, dry hops and lots of pale malt. Flavor is like hop juice, not extremely bitter, but just very wet tasting on the palate, with fruity yeast and no sweet malt. Papery on the finish, with too much hops and not enough other stuff. Quite watery. 6/3/5/2/10.
2006 bottle, now contract brewed by Mercury Brewing (whereas it was previously brewed by Cape Ann).
Much firmer head, better retention, per Mercury, bottle conditioned and with a soft haze. Golden, fiery orange, like a bright sunset.
Hoppy nose, very dry, with some grass, dry straw and light orange rinds. Dry grains and a touch of soft honey. The flavor mimics the nose, being a bit more citric, but not overly bitter. Very attenuated and clean, with strong toastiness and a fair amount of malt sweetness (caramel and base sugars) on the finish. Engaging mouthfeel, always Mercuryís strongpoint. No alcohol noted. Much improved, not surprisingly. Score is for this version.
BillyBeer1233 (1) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 4, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely delicious! Reminds me of Sam or Sierra, yet has a more subtle and enjoyable after-taste...not so much bite. Rather, a smooth flavor that has me anticipating the next sip. Very cool brand, too!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 30, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pint, on tap at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT. Brewing a mediocre American Pale, and only that one beer, to start of a new microbrewery seems the thing to do in New England, and hereís the latest example, following in the small footsteps of Tuckerman and Switchback. This is a light amber, clear, headless production with actually a fairly interesting aroma of lemon, smoke and black earth...but a very pedestrian watery body, little malt and boring hoppiness that stands out mostly because of the lack of malt. Itís drinkable, but these guys better put something else out soon.