Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A hazed amber ale with a thin lacing off white head. In aroma, nice grainy malt with nice herbal British hops, lightly floral. In mouth, a nice roasted malt with light treacle, grassy and lightly piney hops, very nice and pleasant. On tap at brewery, Oct. 7 2012.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured at the HOTD 20 party. Flavor is hoppy up front with some caramel and butter notes. Bready flavors and lightly bitter on the finish.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2011 draft at the brewery, fall 2011 batch. unfiltered and cloudy orange body with an off-white patchy bubbled head. bright, prickly high-acid dry hopped nose, itís astoundingly fresh, grassy and green without any excessive resinous / oil from the cones. this is hop soup, yup. comes across similar to the first batch of Little Dog Fred, with itís bright, snappy, zesty and prickly hop acids, but itís fuller-bodied with stronger esters. of course itís impossible to make a comparison to Doggie Claws as it lacks the sweet / sugary / waxy / soap ester character and obviously is nowhere near as full-bodied and chewy. yeast is doughy and english in nature, i think this is what really ties it all together and propels this beer (and the first LD Fred batch) to mid-to-upper 4 levels. i had to bring in a small pour of the current LD Fred batch to compare, and yes, the Fred version as it is now isnít as bright, fresh, grassy and vibrant as the Doggie Claws, and is a shadow of what i found back in January. but this release, this is it once again. incredible and vibrant hop flavor; toasted / cracked pale malt; rustic yeast; strongly bitter without reaching what iíd call íastringentí. back end is entirely dry, body is light, pillowy and firm and does not at all seem like itís under 4%. a stunning achievement.
GT2 (7034) - Riverslime, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler thanks to brainlair. Pours low haze orange with a thick creamy head. Weaker retention. Nose is grassy and herbal hops, toffee, fresh honey biscuit, butterscotch, caramel chews. Taste is extremely soft, nicely hopped and bitter. Toffee, fresh bread, pizza crust. Soft dough in the background. Insanely soft palate. A masterpiece in malt extraction and liberal hopping. A Ryan Artuso beer x1000. Perhaps a Michael James beer as well.
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j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler at the double 5k tasting courtesy of Trevor. Pours a clear gold with just the faintest touches of haze. Floral on the nose, light grainy sweetness and citrus. Grainy and toasty. Medium bodied and lightly sweet, grain and crackers. Slow bittern finish with grapefruit notes. Very refreshing.
jtclockwork (6225) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler at Paul and Ryanís tasting. Pours light amber. Nose and taste of hops, wheat, pine and slight bitterness.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at hotd. Pours a cloudy medium amber with no head or lace. Mild toasty brown bread crust nose. Light still body. Toasty malty mid palate. Soft finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off if its a little dog it has paws, end rant. Growler pours a golden body with a white head. Very herbal, nice grass tones, tropical fruit flavors. Citrus a bit sweet grass, and light herbs. Sure the body is thin but dang i couldnít stop sucking down the growler. Really quaffable for sure.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared at Paul and Ryanís 5,000th rate tasting. Pours light gold with a thin white head. Fresh floral hoppy aroma, some light piney notes and crisp pale malts. The flavor is well balanced with pale malts, a hint of sweetness, and fresh floral hops. Solid.
deyholla (5385) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Growler shared by someone at Paul and Ryanís 5000 celebration, thanks! Poured a hazy orange amber with a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of tropical fruit, citrus, flora and a bit of backing bitter grapefruit. Flavor began with citrus and a bit of tropical fruit and became more bitter as grapefruit grew. There was a bit of a grain backbone. Nice!