SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the growler. Thanks to hurrisnow for the beer. Pours a deep golden yellow with a poofy white thick head. Amazing fantastic aroma of butterscotch and fresh barley malt. Flavor does not live up to the devine aroma, but is very tasty nonetheless. Rich and malty, has only a mild amount of bitterness. An easy drinker for the new "style."
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pour brilliant golden yellow with a sticky snow white head. The nose is mostly pilster malt with a noble like hop aroma. The flavor is pretty malty too. Almost sweet. Just enough bitterness to keep it from being cloy. Medium body. Drinkable. Average carbonation. I’d like more. Balanced finish. Not a bad beer, though more hop couldn’t hurt (I don’t think).
TAR (2650) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft: Dark yellow. Creamy white froth clings with each sip. Grainy, unpolished aroma with strong scents of DMS and dough yeast. Slightly grassy and floral, but minimal hoppy brightness. Densely bodied. Brisk grassiness and herbal hop elements tease the palate, but the poorly extracted malts are extremely grainy and popcorny and soon eclipse all remaining brightness. Doughy yeast also taints things by coating the palate which compounds the low attenuation by imparting an unpleasant limpness. DMS also dulls the flavor as it nearly deadens the palate with a metallic zing, and obliterates the lemony- and herbal-hop poignancy. Hop bitterness teases the palate, but never climaxes, generating merely a pinch of grassiness toward the finish. Malts reveal some late pleasant softness, but remain intrusively husky, throughout. This resembles malt liquor than anything else…just riddled with DMS. And the poor attenuation results in a body which is too full for its own good and doesn’t contain nearly enough of the obligatory pilsner brightness (elegant maltiness, proper attenuation, poignant and juicy hop medley, etc.) to compensate. Easily one of the more disappointing offerings from this quality brewery.