TAR (2552) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Release #6: Pristine golden. Wispy, fine-bubbled white head. Enticingly hopcentric nose of lemon, nectarine, damp grass clippings, mint, and sugar-glazed spruce tips. Light mineral, uncured hay, cracker, and sugar cookie in there as well. Slightly soapy and alcoholic. Firm carbonation. Juicily hoppy and softly floral with a delectable surge of herbaceous spice and scratchy lemongrass. Feathery malt is quite clean and virtually weightless. No huskiness whatsoever, though a subtle wet-paper limpness is apparent. Smidgeon of honey-kissed Munichlike toastiness deepens the ever so bouncy pils base. Malt also contributes an uncured hay effect which artfully echoes the fresher grassiness of the hops. Flowery nectar abounds as it coats and soothes the palate before a hoppy dryness reemerges with its peppery pizazz. Zesty kumquat and some marmalade also pokes through. Wonderfully bright hop character, though the alcohol does stifle some of its luster and imparts some astringency. Note of sugar cookie and piecrust "edginess" gently brushes the palate in the well-attenuated finish, as a very soft and dainty pillow of malt gracefully cradles the intricate hoppiness. While the presence of alcohol is a bit overt, and the mild soapiness a hindrance to the aroma, this is very nicely executed. Quite dry, lean, and quaffable. Would love to see this available in six-packs here in the States!
Onslow (1318) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour from a 22oz bottle. Cloudy light yellow brew with generous and thick white head. Looks a little like lemonade. Aroma of lemon grass, grassy hops, tart fruit, and a little grass. Taste is lemon grass, citrus, clean dry finish. A little malt at the very start, bitter in the finish is very light and aromatic with emphasis on citrus / lemon. Overall a very nice brew.
lusikka (7624) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle.
Pours a cloudy yellow colour with a small foamy head. Aroma of grassy hops, grainy malts and some hay. Flavour of grainy malts, hay, floral hops, citrus and some caramel with notes of gooseberries. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a finish of grainy malts and floral hops. Good.
tiong (5608) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear golden color with a tiny head. Aroma of grassy hops, hints of biscuity and bready malts. Taste is malty and hoppy with hints of grass, hints of biscuits and breads. Finish is hoppy and malty. Okay, quite hoppy lager.
olio (8470) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours hazy golden color with a small head. Aroma of grassy hops, fruits, goose berry bush and some clove. Flavor of grass, mild hops, caramel, some malts and mild buttery notes. A bit too grassy.
laiti (7789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
65 cl bottle (5,0%) @ lusikka. Release #5
Aroma has grassy hops, some grainy malt and butter. Flavour has lots of butter, some grassy hops, grainy malt and hints of honey. Sweet, lots more than the ABV promises. I would take this as an imperial pilsener.
gsmitty80 (2128) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad beer but really nothing to it. Was it trying to be a lager or a pale ale? Little bit of an identity crisis, still not sure.
rumproasts (4497) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle .golden with small head. grassy lager with an pleasant but unusual hoppy finish. could probably push the hops even a bit further, but this is a nice twist on what would otherwise likely be a pretty standard lager.
jsquire (3981) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pale golden color out of the bottle with a fizzy white head. Fresh citrus hop nose. Very hop forward beer with flavors of orange rind and red grapefruit over a firm buscuity maltiness. Long hop finish. This is a very hoppy lager.
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Papsø.
Cloudy yellow coloured with a small white head.
Malty aroma of hops, grass and pine needles.
Malty flavour of hops and grass with notes of grapefruits.
Dry hoppy finish.