Velkyal (305) - Gordonsville, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Had from a bottle at McGrady’s Irish Pub in Charlottesville. Pours a rich dark orange/copper with an inch of slightly off white head. Aroma is some sweet caramel, a touch of grain and a bit of spice. Taste wise, mostly caramel to the exclusion of anything else, perhaps a trace of hop bite in the very beginning but otherwise pure sweet caramel. Medium bodied. Simply too sweet for an authentic English bitter, lacking the dry, clean crisp finish of something like Young’s Bitter. Inspired by English ales? Perhaps. Living up to them? Nope.
OzarkElmo (303) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From draft - orange/amber with medium off-white head. Citrus hops aroma. Well balanced beer and flavorful for me. Malts are evident, but more hoppy than I expected. It was the best offering of the night at a fundraiser, and enjoyed it much more than all the Bud products that were offered, including "Hophound". Finishes mildly bitter and IMO a very good session beer. Cheers!
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity and a little bit of malt. I pick up some smoke in the finish. I like Bell’s and 3Floyds much better though.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber, minimal head. Aroma is faint and is sweet malt and spicy hops. Flavor is malty and slightly bready Caramel and a hint of nuttiness, with a nice spicy bitterness. Finish is dry. A nice hop/malt blend. Very good.
SODAK14 (299) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - JUN 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not too bad for an ale. A little hoppy but not near as intense as others. I wouldn’t turn one down but if it’s more than a couple I would probably take a pass...
thefederalist (296) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Flying Saucer Little Rock 5-2-07. Clear golden copper. Faint sour aroma, some hops. Flavor is slightly sour, with a nice nutty finish. Not as fruity as some English PA’s but a good beer nonetheless.
Gmku (295) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2004
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I had this on tap in Chicago and then from the bottle in Iowa City and then on tap in Iowa City. The Iowa City waiter said it was the best beer he'd had in a long time. Poor bastard. I liked it a lot in Chicago and not so much in Iowa City in either form. On tap in Chicago it was creamy and delicious, just hopped so and slightly sweet. The Iowa City experiences were overly bitter and rather flavorless. Haven't been able to touch the stuff since, and it's scared me off their other products.
BBHansen (294) - Køge, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Home: Pours amber (unclear) with a powerful beige foam. Aroma malty with slight hints of herbal hops. Light mouth feel and a dry aftertaste
WABeerFiend (294) - - JAN 16, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled on 10.07.13.
Poured into a tumbler on 12.30.13.
A: See through red/amber. Looks very carbonated.
S: Pine, citrus. Smells like an APA.
T: Pine, malty.
M: Crisp. Lots of carbonation. Maybe too much.
O: This didn’t seem complex. It was easy to drink, but boring.
foyle (293) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance-- pours a cream colored 1/2" head that recedes slowly leaving decent lacing. Color is amber/copper and mostly clear with abundant carbonation bubbles streaming.
Aroma-- very malty -- smells of slight cinnamon and a moist dough, such as a warm muffin from the oven, a peppery hop spice is also evident.
Mouthfeel-- mostly light, watery, and refreshing. Has a somewhat lager like mouthfeel with a dry finish, although there is some of the fluffiness which should be present in the English Bitter style.
Flavor-- well balanced, hops are in the background and subservient to the malt. Flavors include a peppery and earthy hop spice, a rich bready malt (again like a fresh warm muffin, or a fresh whole wheat bread). There is some caramel and just a hint of cinnamon. This beer is not overly sweet and the aftertaste has a lingering citrus rind bitterness.