TheAlum (5950) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler picked up by pantanap for me while I was out of town and delivered this last weekend. Thanks, Kan! Pours a fiery orange amber hue, dulled, with an offwhite almost yellowish head, moderate sized dies to a thick film, small with a good lacing. A good bit darker than Daisy Cutter.. Hmmmmm. Aromas are a nice bouquet of citrusy lemons, oranges, and grassy hops, fuzzy peach, tangerines, and grapefruit come in, a touch of tropical fruit. The nose is quite rich and hoppy, very fruity with pale malts, bread, biscuits coming in behind. Really like this nose, fresh and vibrant. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, some very fruity hops, grapefruit and peach, with some touches of mango, grass, and earth. A decent bitterness grows into a moderate dry and bitter feel, with pale malts, toasty bread, biscuits. Lighter bodied overall, a nice hop profile and flavor, lighter bodied really wins me over. Touches of gumball, tropical fruits, citrus, peach. Dry and soapy. Really nice, easily quaffable. The head really sticks around, surprising for a growler almost a week old. A great fruity hop forward APA, itís fairly complex in the hop profile, light and sessionable for the most part. Itís not quite among my favorites.. But itís really good and fresh. A perfect "Come on and get here, Spring" beer. Very happy with this, the hop profile grows, bitter and soapy, dryness grows on the palate. A bit better, freshness probably the key, than DC in my opinion. But, it gets a similar score.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours amber with white head. Darker than dc/malt twin? Aroma has juicy fruit and citrusy hop notes, toffee sugar notes. Flavors has sweet cotton candy balanced by grapefruit and juicy fruit hop notes. Finishes like dc. Aggressive bitterness here but crystal malt is tasted reminds me of a drier SN torpedo and Iím not buying this is just daisy cutter malt bill with change of hops. Why is this so red?
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a nice thick layer of tan foamy head. Good amount of lacing left around the glass.
Aroma is excellent - the citra hops really shine through here (and to a lesser degree the Falconer) and I have to say the aroma is clearly my favorite aspect of this beer.
Flavor has some mild bitterness, along with some grapefruit/citrus aspects.
Body is a bit lighter than Iíd prefer, but helps to make this beer extremely drinkable.
I think Iíd give Daisy Cutter the slight nod due to its bigger body and more intense bitterness, but this is a tasty varietal and something Iíd recommend checking out.
sherm1016 (1178) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Half Acre drank on 2/19/11. Pours an amber color with a white head. Aroma is nice and hoppy. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Sweet malty flavor up front with a nice, bitter hop finish. I know it is listed as a pale ale, but seemed more like an IPA to me.
Vir4030 (530) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 Pours a medium brown out of a grwoler with as much off white foamy head as you want. Hop grass aroma. Watery flavor, but hoppy. Feels a bit unfinished, actually. Still a pretty good beer,though. My wife says, "I wouldnít drink that voluntarily.". Repour from a growler a year later. Next batch? Very hoppy aroma, sweet and fruity. Flavor is hoppy also. I think this beer has been hopped up a bit more, or itís fresher. I like this beer.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2011 Growler thanks to a gracious ba... Pours a medium semi-transparent orange brown hue and topped with a thin light just off-white head... Aroma is fresh with citra with a dank herbaceousness. Solid... Flavors are much of the same with citra and fresh herbalness upfront, tea and earth on the backend. Pale biscuity backbone at the tailend. Mild and tamed bitterness through the finish. Quality session apa that packs quite the flavorful punch from such a small package. i could drink lots of this offering and hope they continue to make this during the spring and summer months. I like this as much as or perhaps even more so than DC.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
growler card #2, punch #5 (and 6). aroma is giant tropical fruit, even more outright then daisy cutter, at times moves into gatorade or chewing gum territory it is so overwhelming, even a couple feet from your nose. lucky to have such a fresh specimen. appearance is near straw pour with big carb, lasting head. flavor is more controlled hops tempered with occasional bready malts. excellent brew but so similar to regular daisy cutter i wonder how many people could differentiate blindly. a bit of a disappointment to have a release of a second pale ale that is super similar to the former (and its parent) and also that both are well out of balance to be considered a decent APA anyways. that being said i have and will continue to drink them by the bucket.
HonkeyBra (3530) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dull orange pour with a medium eggshell colored head. Aroma of orange sherbet, pine, some spruce, earthy hoppiness. light grapefruit. Some apricot and melon as well. Fruit cocktail. Flavor of orange, apricot and fruit cocktail, mild pineapple and juicy mango. Medium bitterness, nice flavorful hop presence. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Finishes perfectly dry and hoppy. Really excellent session pale ale.