NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ Free State. Red orange apperance with a white head. Slightly bitter, light bock lager aroma creamy mouthfeel. Quite sweet malty bock flavor. Too sweet in my mind.
hopscotch (8544) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear, very dark, mahogany lager with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The grainy, earthy, toasty bouquet offers a whisper of cannabis smoke. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and laid-back carbonation. The flavor is very roasty and medium to heavily bitter. Low residual sweetness. Crisp, bitter finish… the bitterness hangs around for a long, long time. Bottle courtesy of urge13!
HonusWagner (1231) - Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
No idea what style this really belongs under, but it’s certainly not a heller bock. The growler that hopscotch brought was very dark, bordering on schwarzbier. But the flavors were more hop dominant than anything else, grassy/herbal with a bit of sweet maltiness (think amber). Not roasty like I expected on the color. A confused beer.
Indra (2570) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Mailty, lightly spicy aroma, some bready notes and herbal, grassy hops showing through along with faint caramel and nut. Clear light-medium amber color, head is fine with sticky lacing left behind. Flavor is malty, sweet and moderately bitter, spicy, hoppy but nicely balanced and drinkable, finishes dry and clean. Very smooth and refreshing palate, body is medium. Really quite nice, I could certainly drink a couple glasses of this in a sitting. Yes, it’s a German-style lager, but doesn’t really conform to a style that I am aware of.
theisti (3093) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
10 oz tulip draft at the brewpub. Pour is clear dark amber golden with a smallish dirty white head. Aroma is faint cereal grains, mild malt sweetness along with a nice earthy mineral character. Subdued, but clean. Taste is cracker toasted malt, mild grain sugar sweetness and a flinty bite to the dry finish. As with the nose, nothing jumps out, nicely balanced and clean. Palate is thin to medium bodied, clean dry finish - worked really well with food at lunch. Overall nice clean lager.
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A few glasses at the brewpub. This is a good clean lager. Color is copper and completely clear. I had no idea what to categorize this as, its not particularly malty or it may just not seem that way because of a moderate hop kick. Either way, they worked well together. Very easy drinking, a drier lager with a well attenuated flavor. Its been well lagered, clean malts surrounded by a slightly-stronger kick of herbal hops. I can drink this all day long on a cooler evening.