brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber in color with an off-white head. The nose is quite citric with lots of grapefruit notes. Some tart raisin character and a light lactic quality. The sweetness is a bit more pronounced than expected with some malt and sweet vanilla aromas. Just a touch of oak. The flavor is a bit on the sweet side up front, but the tartness does take over. Initially, caramel and vanilla along with oak. Light lactic and acetic tartness, lots of citric grapefruit notes, and a hint of stone fruit and grape.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2012
Date: May 15, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: clear copper, fine off white head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet floral aroma, wild funky character, fruity tartness, musty
Flavor: sweet and fruity flavor, lots of tartness, light spicyness, touch of floral
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
italarican (1383) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Jamesís place. Pours a clear amber. Aroma has some cherry pie, honey, and pickle. Flavor is rich of oak, vanilla, and sweet cherry pie. Subtly sweet with pronounced acidity. Slightly acidic burn with blonde oak finish goodness.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Again a bit of a gusher, but doesnít have the capability to produce a substantial head. It does produce a half finger, pale tan colored head that disappears somewhat quickly. The beer is a bright amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, amber color when held up to the light. The aroma has a woody, sort of herbal note to it, as well as a light tart note, and a plastic like phenolic character. There is definitely a fair amount of oak character here; slightly spicy, definitely woody, but all pretty well integrated. A deep draught of the aroma yields a strong aroma of fresh, but filtered, apple cider.
This has a nicely prickly carbonation to it that accentuates a lactic acidity that is fairly light (as compared to a Lambic, for instance). Fruity flavors of apple cider up front yield to a soft, curing plastic like character and then a carbonic bite and tartness in the finish. The finish also has a woody, oak derived astringency, a touch of fresh cut wood planks, and a hint of acetic acid character. Despite the name, this is not overly sweet (which is a good thing in my mind), more it seems that the ample fruity esters accentuate a sweetness in this beer, that may not be actually representative of residual sugar levels; though there is some malt sugar sweetness here. This is light bodied and quaffable, but because of the flavor mix here, this makes it a touch on the forgettable side too.
Not bad, and quite a bit better than Sur Megge, but still not overly great either.
vancookalex (12) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to a friend for sharing this hard-to-get (for me up in BC, at least) brew. Hazy gold appearance, head doesnít stick around too long, however. Aromas of sour cherry. Flavour is sour peach, with grapefruit in the aftertaste. Acidic mouthfeel, lasts for a while afterwards. Solid offering from these guys, havenít disappointed me yet.
Dogbrick (7123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Kurtís 49th birthday party. Hazy orange-gold pour with a medium off-white head that burns away steadily. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Floral aroma with slight funk behind it. Medium body with flavors of earthy malt, oak and tart apples. The finish is slightly sour with a fruity finish. Decent overall.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours with a lightly hazed, deep golden-orange hued body with a medium sized, just off-white head. Decent retention and lace. Aromas are very floral, dusty, powdery, medium tannin, some acetic and acidic notes, earthy, leaves, compost, soil, cocoa, rustic, light funk, oak. Pretty sharp. Lightly rancid aromas. Flavors are very acidic, mostly acetic with some lighter lactic notes. Earthy, rustic and vegital, lightly rancid. Low sweetness. Low complexity. Pretty harsh, some tobacco, spicy phenols, medium chlorophenolics as it warms (mostly bandaid). Leathery. Not a pleasant funk. Very lively bubbles, medium to medium low bodied. Acetic and dry finish.
gam (3018) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep gold pour medium strong carbonation creamy head aromas hoppy fruit vanilla acidic vinegar smooth malt caramel pear sweet and sour notes the flavours vanilla smooth caramel apple cider vinegar taste citruspear resinous touch vinous the finish swet sour aftertaste acidic maltiness caramel vanilla hops impressive good stuff
jredmond (4886) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2012 Sampled from a bottle at THE FESTIVAL with andrew. Pours a clear yellow body with off white head and lacing. Aroma is funky cheese, dusty basement, lemon and light tart fruit. mouthfeel is dry with some carbonation and. Items of lemon, wine, Brett, funk and tart citrus fruits.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouring at The Festival in Worcester. Pours a faint hazed gold amber with a thin white head. Lemon and citrus, peel and pith. Acid and sweetness. Bright citrus and tart lemon. Lemon and acid, very subtle and gentle. Creamy smooth, long lemon and creamy sweetness. Pith and sweet cream. Interesting.