HungTuna (10) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Displays some honey and vanilla upfront with a light trail of tangy orange and pungent earth. Fades too quickly with a watered finale.
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with the guys at the Barrios’ 500th Swallow Tasting. Clear golden pour with some whitish head. Nose Flavor of fresh citrus and floral hops, and almost a little sweetness to balance. Fairly crisp and refreshing. Pretty decent pale ale.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
5 gallon keg from BevMo for my birthday. Pours with a clear golden body with a frothy white head that leaves fairly good lace. Aroma is hoppy with herbal and pineapple notes, some sweetness that is akin to orange icing, and a bit of grassy hay. Taste is citrus hops up front with caramel and quite a bit of husky, toasted grain. Light carbonation, low in residual sugars and somewhat dryish. Good pale ale.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an off-white head with legs and a clear, golden body. Floral hop aroma. Flavor is floral and spice hops. Finish is not overly bitter.
Russo (1996) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank at Brasil Brau 2009 on Hops USA booth. Golden color almost amber with a nice and dense foam. Aroma is hop and floral notes as well. Flavor is bitter and mouthfeel keep for long time his bitterness. Good stuff.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (in NZ). Pours a deep gold with a filmy white head. Sweet hoppy aroma with elderflower and caramal. The palate is a bit soapy, the malt is caramal flavoured with some citrus from the hops. The finish has some moderate bitterness, but also a touch tangy. While at first I thought it was just "nice", it really grew on me.
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Big hop aroma, hint of honey at back. Bright orange in colour with thick firm white head, Soapy flavour, which is a shame
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Papago. Pours a golden with an off-white head. Smells mildly of citrus and hops. Tastes just as mild with added notes of caramel and cream. Fair, at best.
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good. Comparable to Sierra Nevada in quality but lighter and sweeter. Creamy and good all around. Grassy finish. I don’t think that I would crave this beer later on.
Grovlam (4199) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Pismo Beach. Average light beige head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Amber color. Aroma of grapefruit, pine like, citrus, fruit, mild caramel and light toasted malty notes. Medium bodied with an average carbonation and dry texture. Moderated bitter flavor with light sweetness. Lingering bitter dry finish.