HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Don't get me wrong. Ruth is a good beer. A good northwestern pale ale. Not a Saison. It is the lightest of the HOTD beers in color and flavor. A good intro into HOTD beers. Pours golden and a little cloudy. It has a light citrus malt nose. Tastes of malt light spice and citrus.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours cloudy golden with a nice white head that is retained. My bottle did not do the volcano thing. Aroma is vibrant with notes of banana and cloves. Very fully flavored for a low ABV brew. Lots of flavors bouncing around on this one. Initial flavors are spicy and flowery. Finish is lightly bitter and dry. Excellent ale.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good thing I had the glass ready to go. This one turned into a mini volcano when I opened it. Good head but it dissipated quickly. Decent lacing for the top half of the glass. The first drink reminded me of having some of me Grandpa's beer when I was little. Then it turned into lemon and rose flavored beer. Quite nice. A refreshing departure from the norm.
fly (1438) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoy this I did. Immensely. And as much as I did just couldn't keep out of the back of my mind how much I like Fred. I know, I know - look at what is before you. Two different animals. Kicking myself HARD for not having picked up more in Portland. Girlfriend distracting me at John's. Guess I'll just have to go back.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intensely fruity aroma with a little hops and yeast thrown in. Clear golden color, small white head. Flavor is light malt, light fruit, some hop spiciness, and a slightly bitter hop finish. Quite dry and highly carbonated. Overall, very fruity at first, with hop spice and bitterness really coming through in the flavor. It says All-American ale on the label, but it actually seems quite Belgian. Decent example of a diverse style.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. The largest head I've ever seen, maybe. took 10 minutes to pour the glass. Pale golden, slightly cloudy. Yeasty, orangey nose, light and pleasant but nothing that stands out. Very peppery and spicy througout, light honey sweetness underneath but mostly quite sour. Saison has probably been the most difficult Belgian style for me to appreciate; this one doesn't really help explain the mystery.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JAN 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of wheat & fruit (apples & pears, citrus & berries). Pours a hazy burnt yellow with pale golden highlights. The gigantic white rocky head is fully lasting with exceptional lacing. The sweet and sour flavor has nice balance with moderate acidity. The finish is toasty. The light to medium body is very lively and creamy. The finish feels brisk. Interesting.
YogiBeera (2551) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge foamy on the glass sticking head. Hazy orange color. Banana, cloves, mustard and cilantro nose. Hoppy taste, edgy like a dogs hair in the throat but weak and not balanced and also kind of disappointing after this great nose!
pivo (2641) - GERMANY - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Complex spicy, hoppy and fruity nose - a little musty. Cloudy pale orange color and a huge foamy, spongy head. Resembles a Belgian from its appearance. Thin apricot maltiness with a direct, thin hop bitter centered in the mouth. Kinda grassy. Dry, thin and martini-like.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden in color,cloudy with a large white head. Earthy/spicy character with a prominent yeast flavor.