auto (163) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
smoothe white head with dark brown/orange color. with a taste.. a good taste. kinda fruity with a nice aftertaste.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is what I think of when I hear "session ale" - perfectly balanced - malts are toasted wonder bread and subtle caramel, hops are dry and, at the finish, peppery and spicey. Hints of apricot, woody herbs and vanilla. Palate is thick, but still carbonated. Wonderful
redlem (1264) - Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Label states " Our brew begins with 5 blended Maltsto..." What the hell is Maltsto? Sounds like that hot cereal. Whatever this is a fine beer. Citrus notes but they seem more west coast than English, perhaps some slight Fuggle. A lemon spice to this that build up upon tasting, some pepper. I could not detect any oak attributes in aroma or taste as the brewing process states.
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
not a bad ale but was lacking that little extra kick that i like in a beer.
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
rich amber color. good mouthfeel. complex malt flavor with caramel evident. Well balanced hops - not over-the-top, but hoppy enough to be crisp and add to the aroma.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
irish setter whiskey orange. a cracker-jack little head lifted up high and then dropped down, like the barrier at a toll booth-- and after a minute there wasn't enough head to fill a button hole. caramel raisin aroma, and a slight late autumn forest floor mulchy smell that suggests this bottle might be losing the battle with time. still plenty of zing though: amber waves of grain along with the caramel sweetness that was anticipated. peppy carbonation slows the arrival of moderate bitterness; some iced-tea acidity, a bit of raisin oatmeal cookie. some fuss on the label was made about thier oak barrels, but that's a claim and an effect that i can't ascertain in the taste. the beer could be aged in beluga whale bladders, but if you can't taste it, see it or smell it, what difference does it make? overall a decent ale, though the "accent" of this english ale seemed more american than english to me.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2003 I really liked this. Nice caramely malt tast with organic hoppy flavor. Great balance and smooth. Slight acidic finish. I can drink this all day and have.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice copper color with a large off-white head, minimal lacing. Aroma is the best part I think, sweet caramel malts, fruity notes, lightly hoppy with some of the oak character showing through. Flavor was good but seemed a little thin. Sweet roasted malts with some dry hops toward the finish and then a lingering woodiness. Medium body and just a bit too much carbonation.
haddon90 (1304) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep copper color with a good foamy head. When I read edden's comment, I did taste some tea in it. Some malt in the taste too. Wish it had just a tad more hops. But a very nice taste. Good beer.
edden (927) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tea and malt aromas. light brown-tan-red body with some lacing. tea and hops for taste. pretty well balanced.