harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
another 750ml growly
It’s a hazed copper ale with a solid quilt of soapy, dusty whites. Smells like tea, malt, hints of grapefruit, lots of english influence on this one, some grapefruit. Flavor is malt, biscuit, a little orange pekoe, some english yeast character. Pretty simple and devoid of the classic APA flavors. Medium bodied with hi carb and a wet finish. Although this absolutely misses the mark on American Pale Ale, this is a really nice assertive ESB almost. I like this beer, but would never recommend it as an APA (everything graded as such, except overall score)
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A highly hoppy aromatic and somewhat resinous amber beer. Very good IPA style beer.
How: Tap at Blackback, Waterbury VT (or maybe somewhere else) and also at the Hill Farmstead brewery.
The look: Cloudy dark orange body topped by a medium white head.
In long: The powerful hoppy nose is floral, piney, resinous, some exotic fruits. Comfortable medium body with lots of soft bubbles. Fresh biscuits-like cereals offering some caramel and toasty notes. Hops are dominant, earthy, floral, resinous. Assertive bitterness. I’m surprised to learn this beer is actually a Oktoberfest/Märzen (current ratebeer style), I really thought I was rating an American IPA here. And if someone could go back and time and tell my great great grand-father who worked long 16h days with no vacation just to survive that his descendant will waste his time typing beer ratings on a computer I’m certain he would exclaim “What’s a computer?!?”.
Reynolds314 (1879) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really herbal, citrus, aromatics that invite you in. Taste is more of the same with a very light nutty maltiness but the hops the star of the show. I like it.
czar (3249) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler at HF/GR. pours hazy almost muddy amber with a decent off-white head, some retention and lacing (surprisingly after 13 days, high-fill probably helped). light toasted malts, just a hint of caramel, resin-plenty, spicy and earthy - even minerals. average carbonation (surprisingly, again), light body - just a tad watery, piney and herbal almost bland finish. sessionnable but not top notch in HF/GR standards.. still.. much enjoyed with the missus for the apéro!
writerljberg (404) - Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL growler courtesy of Jim M. Thanks! Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a cloudy, browned orange with a nice white head head. It’s not the most appealing thing I’ve ever seen, but it’ll do.
N: Very nice on the nose. Pine and earth mixed with the grapefruit, mango, mandarine orange, and tangerine. Hints of grass and straw.
T: Slightly bitter with the normal pine/earth modifiers. I’m not really finding much in the way to describe this outside that and it’s biscuity level.
M: Lighter bodied with pleasant carbonation. Slightly dry and very easy to drink if a little watery.
O: An above average APA that’s well-rounded yet lacking in the deftness of touch of its betters. An easy drinker, but it needs a push out of its comfort zone.
JulienHuxley (2137) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy gold pour, white head. Aroma is quite hoppy, IPA like, really fruity. Taste is hoppy, lots of tropical fruits, light resinous finish. Quite tasty.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle freshly filled this past week... Pours a slightly hazy muted cidery orange brown and topped with a soapy fluffy white head... Grass, lemon, and hay throughout. Rustic and farmhouse-ey. Supporting notes of citrus but more emphasis on the aforementioned... Notes are more of the same, light and dry without a bug flavor character. Grassy, citrusy with lemon rind accents. A bit earthy to pair with a lighter easy going body.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Worthy Burger with Max, Andy, and Pearl. Pours a hazed golden tinged amber with a thin white head. Big and spicy on the nose, lots of lovely hops. Quite dry, lots of earthy hops. Long bitter finish with lingering pith. As this was also on tap at Black Back once we got to Waterbury, we drank a lot of this. So good.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Blackback in Waterbury. Moderately bitter with a bit of pine. Pretty dry and easy drinking.
tom10101 (1819) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Hill Farmstead. Hazy amber/orange with a small off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is earthy with herbal notes, pine, caramel and floral notes. Taste is slightly sweet with herbal notes, earthy presence, pine and caramel. Light bitterness. Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly dry. As advertised, it’s really sessionnable. It’s not as good as Lawson’s Spring Fever though, and I had the Legitimacy just before this one so it probably didn’t help this one. There was too much earthy/herbal/caramel presence to be super refreshing The description of the beer at the brewery was right, I think it was listed as an "Amber Session Ale".