JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice bright amber color with a tall beige head. Rye bread (with fennels seeds) in the nose. Additional undertones of malt and peat. Small amount of lace. Very nutty and malty. Malt demands to be chewed in this one. A rather sharp bitting acidity late in the finish, while cleansing, a touch to distracting. I find the statement on the bottle rather amusing - "In keeping with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, this beer is traditionally brewed...". Now why would an Irish Ale need to brewed to the Reinheitsgebot?
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Tap at Hoggy's in Columbus) Sweet malty aroma. Dark copper color. Thin white head, leaves light lacing. Flavor is smooth- rich malt followed by a fruity hop bite. This beer had nice palate feel. This has me wanting to try more Great Lakes offerings for sure.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange/brown with plentiful carbonation. Nice,creamy,lasting head. Nice malt aroma,caramel,dark bread,fruit,hops. Full,round,palate,with very soft,carbonation. Rich caramel,toasty,german malt flavors. Finish is very malty(bready),somewhat hoppy-dry. I love GL's clean, extremely drinkable beers.
hershiser2 (1424) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Paid $7.99 for a 6-pack. First time I have actually seen it is today.
Beautiful appearance: clear, medium brown, with a gigantic, fluffy tan head. Carbonation bubbles rising throughout. Very nice. Head lasts as lasts.
Sweet caramel in the nose. Very pleasing.
Very nice coffee/caramel combination. It's rich, but not terribly thick. Nice, pleasant flavor!
I like this brew- don't love it. It REALLY is a good beer, and I'll have it from time to time (every winter).
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Miami Inn. Red-bodied topped with an initially fluffy, soon dissipating, light tan head. Toasty aroma with caramel notes. Flavor is classic Irish Ale: toasty with a Cheerios-like grain flavor, a touch of caramel, and finishing on a bitter note. Sweeter than Goose Island Kilgubbin. A nice treat.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice amber beer, moderate white head, roasted malt and slight hop aroma, decent malt flavor with an above average bitter finish. some floral hints in the flavor. Good session beer.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is a rich amber highlighted red ale that pours with a half-inch off white head. The head slowly fades to a thin film indicative of a malty beer. A very nice lace pattern is left on the glass. The aroma is very malty, with a touch of hops. The combination of the sweetness and the hops almost has a cinnamon charcter to it. Very intruiging. The flavor shows some nice hop bitterness up front, with a very solid malt background. Hints of peat smokiness show through in the mid, with a decent bitterness on the finish. A nice balamce of malt and hops make this very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is a bit sharp, but yet refreshing.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malty beers have slowly moving bubbles, that's my observation. In this case the beer was only marginally cold, so that wan't it. They're downright lazy in their swirling. Mmmm, what a nearly Viennese malt presence here, so sweet and caramelly and roasty (in that order of dominance), yet surprisingly crisp in the finish. Higly recommended for Vienna fans, malt lovers, and aficianados of well-crafted beer.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish tint, small head, no lacing, tint to medium-bodied. Light and tart fruity aroma. Butterscotch, apple, hint of wood on the palate. As it warmed up, a malty sweetness became present. Very good balance. Slighty fizzy mouthfeel. Lingering bitter hops. Recommended but more like an English pale or a Belgium Abbey Single than a Irish Ale.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color, small white head. Aroma of malt and hops. Flavor of malt, bread and hops.