Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2008 I’ve got NO PROBLEMS with this beer. Surprisingly fresh, definitely herbal/grassy with a good dose of some buttered bread (not diacetyl), this is crisp and clean, with all the slightly funky, earthy and leafy/vegetably flavors and smells it should have. Easy drinking for sure, it makes me want to get my Rick Astley on. The description says unfiltered, but all I see is clear gold staring at me from the glass ("Drink me!") with a nicely sustained small head. Good conditioning for this beer. I wish it would get warmer outside, right NOW!
(20 minutes later I have to say that the beer is a tad too effervescent...)
tnkw01 (1113) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Not a great fan of this style of beer. This is not bad though. Carbonated, with a dark goldish color. Aroma is citrus with a slight wiff of hops. Taste, says it’s sweet but I don’t think it’s that sweet. Also slightly citrus. I would recommend.
malrubius (1709) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAR 23, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle in generic tulip. Clear pale copper with white head that quickly dissipates to a ring. Very mild aroma of honey and spice. Honey sweetness with significant spiciness and mild bitter finish. Medium-light body and medium carbo. Not a bad example of a mediocre style. Much better when warmed up a bit. Don’t drink ice cold. I’ve been thinking we’ll be seeing a lot more of these types of experiments with less hoppy beers due to the hop shortage. I wonder if this is the case. Anyhow, not bad. Farily authentic tasting. Could be a little yeastier, livelier.
nearbeer (3722) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz; 08 date stamp with 5.5% abv indicated (not 5.8 as shown in the description). Clear golden with a large meringue head that lasts all day. Spicy yeast and dry grassy herb, maybe some slight citrus in the aroma. Grain and dry grass front turns to a slightly toasted flavor and then to a yeasty-grassy herb mix of mint and citrus flavors. Light-medium body is smooth with some tingle, and a slightly dry finish. Nice springtime beer.
cheap (4054) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at the Vintage! Ubiquitous appearance. Aroma is rather sweet and candy. At first comes across like a premium lager or pilsner then a weird bitterness sets in.Carbonation is present but not above average. Finish is almost medicinal maltish alky. Hangs around for a while after the session.
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bright, clear yellow, with... OK, I’m gonna stop right there. I don’t try to rate to style, but sometimes I can’t help but rate to expectations. And this was not what I was expecting. Very, very filtered, and no yeast characteristics at all. And I’ve been impressed with Flying Dog’s Gonzo and more recently the Saison. But this was a disapointment, along the lines of Star Wars Episode I. So, to sum up, it’s a decent Golden Ale.
ObsceneOne (32) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2008
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Too much carbon dioxide, filtered, sad attempt at a great style. Do not bother
maltdog (617) - Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
The saturated gold fluid almost glows with an inner, eerie light. Unfortunately flaccid foam quickly dwindles with no lacey remnants of its existence. Disappointing grassy/skunky, corny/dms, and metallic scents constitute the majority of the aroma… and the suggestions of green banana, wet wool funk, and clovey incense sticks do nothing to enhance it. The mild doughy flavor features candy apple and trace phenolics, leading into a licorice and woody/chicken fat “budweiser” aftertaste. Bitterness proves below human threshold of taste. A milky texture with rye-like oiliness cannot hide the watery palate, and even the sparse carbonation seems gassy in contrast. This dimensionless beer lacks the rough charm of biere de garde and is far closer to a classic American (pre-prohibition) pilsner, sans hops, than anything else. Should come packaged in a 40-ounce twistoff bottle. A surprising development: one single bottle in the sixpack actually had a modicum of depth, a glimmer of sweet malt and spicy complexity, but I must treat this as a fluke.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours bright yellow with lots of slow-rising carbonation and a large, dense white head. The aroma is bready with some earth and zest notes. The flavor is bread, apples, floral hops, and is quite crisp at first. It finishes with a dark earthyness and some rye-like notes. Not bad.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear golden with a small white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and a hint of floral hops. Taste is the same as aroma with a hint of bready malt. Medium mouthfeel with a mild to moderate amount of bitterness and moderate carbonation. Good.