vyvvy (4580) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour a nice bronze with a sudsy tan head. The aroma is all kinds of hoppiness - earthy / piny / tropical / floral. It is very clean, full and rich with some caramel / toffee malt in the back. Medium slick body with some good soft carbonation. The flavor starts with semi-sweet toasted malt, but that is overshadowed by the earthy & piny hops. The finish has hop spiciness added to the mix and then a lingering sweetness from the caramel malt. A very nicely done ale.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2007 12 oz bottle bought from Samís Wine and Spirits. Pours amber with a beige head. Lightly hopped nose, carmels, toasted, grapefruit/pine underneath. Toffee carmel flavors with the grapefruit slightly coming in. This tastes very fresh (obviously it is) and pretty good for one of my least favorite styles. Iím glad they replaced their Oktoberfest with this. Drink it quick before the hops fade.
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at GTMW. Poured clear medium caramel with a short cap of beige head. Aroma picked up sweet floral hoppage upfront with toasted caramel sweetness beneath.. some leafy notes and some lemon.. no major flaws, but didnít do it for me. The flavor found lightly-toasted semi-sweet caramel and toffee at the core, surrounded by moderate-to-high floral bitterness.. didnít like whatever hops they used here.. OK balance. Light-medium bodied with higher bitterness (and again, I didnít like the hop usage). I was disappointed by this.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GTMW 2007. The beer pours to a sparkling medium amber body with an average off-white head that mostly lasts. The aroma is hay and cereal with toasted malts and grapefruit with a pepper. The flavor is light breads, hay, cereals, and toasted malts. Grapefruit hops. The palate is medium-light bodied and has a dry fizzy texture with a light creaminess. Slight astringency. Meh.
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2009 Copper with good, foamy beige head / Burnt sugar, orange, and hop nose / Medium body, creamy with a touch of sweetness, a tad watery, but with good balance and finish / Flavors of burnt sugar, pineapple, orange, dry hops, and a little lemon on the finish / Very nice - more of a pale ale than an ESB.