Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe’s in Short Pump, VA. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is grainy toffee with a bit of nuttiness. Taste is caramel, toffee, bread and a nutty finish. No real hop notes to speak of. Medium bodied. Decent beer.
smcolw (567) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A drinkable lager that is relatively non-descript. Light copper in color, the aroma is predominately caramel malt reminiscent of Dos Equis.
The flavor is more caramel with a slight hop finish. Full-bodied and crisp, Gila Monster fits into the Oktoberfest/Vienna category well. Pleasant and subtle, this is a beer that is satisfying, but not very special.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Date: March 14, 2009
Source: Ticker Tasting
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy off white head, bits of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, light earthyness
Flavor: light caramel malt flavor, touch of sweetness, lots of balancing bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a full inch of snow white foam.
Smell: Exceedingly meager aroma of toasted malts and little else.
Taste: Sweet toasted malts -- all of it very light, mind you. Fruity addition of apple skins. Touch of hop character and bitterness. Drying, crisp, but ultimately watery finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus, slightly effervescent carbonation.
Drinkability: This one just comes up far, far too short in flavor and body, going well beyond easy-drinking and refreshing to be wholly uninteresting. Skip it.
Foxbush (1444) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is a beer slected at Trader Joe’s. They have beer from brewer’s that you never see. This is an Amber Lager. The color was a clear amber with a nice head and no lacing. The caramel malts do dominate the flavors that you experience. It could use more hops. The finish was smooth and with some bitterness.
JustinFromAL (125) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 28, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber pour with a tan head. Caramel aroma, Caramel taste, a bit malty, body was nice. I’d call this the prototypical amber lager.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, grain a bit overly perfumed. Taste pf sweet malt, caramel with a mild bitter cola like finish. Kind of watery and astringent.
Strykzone (5350) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber with a one finger tan head. Good retention. Aroma is caramel and grain. Lots of lacing remains on the glass. Earthy, dry, roasted flavors. Metal. Dry bitter aftertaste. Moderate effervescence.
EithCubes (5194) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2008
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Bottle. Grass, citrus, and pale malts. Sniff of caramel. Deep dark amber pour with lots of carbonation and a pretty, lacing and frothy beige head. Watery body, bitter and earthy but bushleague and unclean. Aftertaste is foul/nasty. Started out so much more promisingly!
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at beer tent in Winona, Minnesota. Alcohol was lowered to 3.2% which was unfortunate. Aroma was of malt, light caramel, and basically no hop bitterness. Flavor was quite watery with light malt and hop characters. Easy to drink beer but nothing to buy again. Drink a real beer because this is not one.