JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle poured into a chalice. This one is a slow gusher, a lot like I’ve grown accustomed to from Jolly Pumpkin. Pours a darker amber color with a big head of beige foam. Very good retention. The aroma has the character of a spiced cake. Did they use rye heavily here? Not sure, but I get the impression that they may have. As I continue to drink, the spice and sweetness continue to develop and assert themselves as front and center. This is a pretty enjoyable beer. Medium body with pretty high carbonation.
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle, Batch #7. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a cloudy amber/orange/reddish color (depending on what light you’re holding the beer in) with a couple inch off-white head that sticks around for a long time. There’s also a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like cloves, caramel, and a bit of dark fruit. The taste pretty much follows the aroma, the clove flavor is the strongest, and there’s also some caramel, cherries, pears and candied fruit noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it’s a bit slick and has high but soft carbonation so it’s not hard to drink. I do wish the carbonation was lower with this brew, but it does settle down as it warms so I can’t complain. I’ll have to revisit this one and see if the carbonation changes in future batches. Nice to see Granville Brewing putting out a solid product so far! $8.99 a bottle.
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the Brews Cafe "Spring Forward" beer festival on 03/09/2013: This beer pours a clear amber color with a thin bone white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing. Aroma of malt and yeast. Medium highly effervescent body with a metallic character and flavors of earthy yeast, bananas and wheat. The finish is semi-sweet with an overripe fruit aftertaste. Just average overall.
JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at the Spring Forward tasting at Brew’s Cafe on 3/9/13. Clear dark amber in color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of malt, banana, phenolics and plastic. Malty flavor and it foams up in your mouth like pop rocks or brause, and finishes phenolic. I think they need to go back to the drawing board on this one.