hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear amber ale with a huge, rocky/wispy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The aroma consists of spicy, peppery hops, mildew and aged paper with a rumor of caramel. Medium-bodied with spritzy carbonation. Low to moderate sweetness and moderate to medium bitterness. Fuzzy fruit and freshly baked white bread. Mid-length, crisp, lightly bitter, mildly sweet finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crystal clear copper body with a small off-white head. Heavy grainy and grassy hop aroma with light caramel. Grainy flavor, light grassy and some floral hops. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a grainy finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear copper color with a small off-white head. Doughy, yeasty and sweet aroma. The flavor was yeasty as well with a mild hop note to it. Medium bodied.
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Secret Santa for this one! Very clear orangish reddish amber, very slight head. Aroma of earthy and floral hops, some yeast perfume. Flavor is sort of earthy and some malt, a bit of husk, a touch of floral hops. It is overall Belgian in nature. But in the end, things just didn’t quite hang together here.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Stine. Clear amber body with a tiny white head. Sweet and fruity nose with prunes, grapes, herbs and toffee. The flavor is lightly sweet with raisins, plums and cotton candy. Medium body is soft with very light carbonation.
moelikebeer (221) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Somewhat hazy, orange brown color. Almost no head. Strong aroma of biscuit, slight raisin aroma. Definite biscuit flavor as well as fruit, caramel and a spicy finish. Pretty light body, with good carbonation.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A well carbonated beer, a careful pour fills up my glass with four-fingers of light tan colored froth. The beer is a brilliantly clear, copper color. The head leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my glass and even forms a rocky surface as it slowly recedes. The aroma is hoppy and spicy with notes of clove, lemon zest, a touch of ginger, some pepper-like notes. This finishes with a solid malt character reminiscent of toasted grain, biscuit like malt notes, dry soda cracker aromas and perhaps a bit of caramelized malt up front that accents the sweeter spice notes. The aroma is definitely dominated by the spicy yeast character and it is quite nice.
Still well carbonated as the beer completely foams up as it hits my tongue. The carbonation combines with some of the hop notes to give this a flavor of something like lemon pepper. Light and easy drinking, especially if you swirl out the excess carbonation. Lightly tart notes definite accent a lemon zest sort of flavor, but also induces fruity hints of pears, tart apples and a plum note that becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up. This is fairly dry, though there is a touch of caramelized malt sugars towards the middle that provide a touch of raisins. This finishes bone dry with a nice bitterness and peppery yeast character that begs you to take another sip. The finish also has quite a bit of malt flavors in it, all dry though, but with notes of biscuits, soda crackers and cracked grain. Substantial spice notes of clove are joined by softer notes reminiscent of ginger, white pepper, and perhaps a touch of somthing like nutmeg. As the beer warms I am able to pick up a light, herbal hop character that adds an extra dimension to this brew.
Light and easy drinking, yet it has a ton of character from the Belgian yeast. I am always a sucker for these interesting, lower alcohol, Belgian-styled beers. Certainly not a beer to knock one over, but I really like the interesting mix of flavors between fermentation character, substantial malt and light hop notes.
WisconsinBeer (703) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale amber with a slight fine haze. Flavor is soft malts, a little bit of biscuits, some fruit. Not much to elaborate about this beer, but it is really not bad and would provide a favorable alternative to the over hyped Fat Tire. Glad to see another TC brewery coming up.
Tripplebrew (774) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear copper/amber with very little head but definite lacing. Aroma is floral, yeast and grass. Flavor is of yeast and biscuits. very mild. I don’t taste much fruit, just subtle biscuit-like flavors. A decent pale ale but really nothing at all amazing.
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours crystal clear copper (sort of like Element 115) with a short lasting head and some decent lace. The aroma is yeasty, floral, spice, peach, and overall pleasant. The flavor is malty sweet, bready, mild peach notes, caramel, and a spicy end. The palate is light to medium rich and somewhat quenching. You know, not a bad beer at all. If you take it face value, and do not try to evaluate it as a "Belgian Ale", I like it.