jazz88 (2467) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 25, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow color with a white head which quickly laced. The aroma has grapefruit and citrus, but I found it somewhat foul. It is smooth with low carbonation but has a weird flavor.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 16, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a wonderfully refreshing brew. Cloudy and well balanced. Just plain good beer!
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 24, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium gold color, medium head. A light and refreshing American Ale. Malty and hoppy, mild taste. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Full body, and full flavored. Finish is very smooth. Aftertaste is malty no bitterness. This is far and away the most traditional beer these guys make; yet it is still nowhere near a standard microbrew
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely gorgeous appearance, sharp bright body, and amazing creamy head. Actually this gets 5/5 for the head alone, which is impeccably silky, and is continuously replenished for the length of the glass. Intriguing aroma, barnyard, hay, pepper and nutmeg, and a rock candy sweetness. I really enjoyed the slightly sour, hoppy flourish in the finish. Complex and refreshing at the same time, and a bit challenging as well. A very nice beer.
Braudog (5026) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lighly colored. Highly hopped for such a light beer. Bitter after.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Frutiy, flavorful and easy to drink.
joet (1919) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is unusual. Like a pumped up Belgian Wit with busy hops, apples, coriander and curacao all evident in the aroma. Cloudy and orange with a nice lasting but not persistent snow white foam as well. It would be a perfectly Wit if not for the smashing amount of back end hops that dominate everything after the initial bit hits your tongue. It’s also burning the shit out of my throat like a 12%er. Some lemon sourness before a mite of astringency in the finish. This is a good and interesting beer despite the opportunity to kick this down a few *dozen* IBUs. Go HotD! You guys rock.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 8, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very tasty little beer from HotD. Fruity, spicy aroma. Hazy yellow appearance with a moderate head. Spicy, yeasty flavor. Very subdued, but present, hops. Light flavor in general. Nice medium body. In the middle of a rare Bay Area heat wave, this beer is perfect! Remind me to pick up a sixer of this next time I go to play poker.
heykevin (1269) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale gold, with plenty of yeasty floaties. Nice citric aroma, like cascades, but somehow different. This beer has a subtle but pervasive underlying bitterness, which I rather like. This beer has an amazing tongue coating quality, it envelops the tongue and then peppers it with flavor. I was going to attribute this quality to the crystal hops, but seeing the style listed as saison(which I will agree to), I’ll have to reconsider the yeast’s role. I like it.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden honey in color - hazy. Pours with medium sized foamy head - white in color. Medium strength nose of hops and grain/wheat. Crisp and light palate. Flavors of bittersweet hops, grainy wheat - balanced by a bit of sweet malt. Fairly long finish for a lighter beer.
My bottle indicates that this is an ’All American Ale’ with an ABV of 4.5% - whatever, its a great brew. Perfect summer time brew, its crisp, light, refreshing and manages to pack in alot of flavors. At 99 cents per bottle (Trader Joes), this is a great deal and one of the best ’light’ styles/beers I have tasted.