jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy orange-blonde with big, foamy white head / Nose of citrus, bubblegum, and dry hops / Medium body, creamy with very soft carbonation, good balance and dry finish / Flavors of orange peel, pineapple, flowers, resin, and dry hops / Terrific.
Chronoflash (76) - New York, USA - JUN 1, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A hazy gold yellow in the tulip from a can (a nice can btw), with a healthy one inch white head of moderate life. This one exudes the piney resinous quality of itís hops, but a general lightness from the scent of grainy malt. A light-medium body, smooth, but a bitter spike all around. That spike is strange. Like a wave, its almost as if it rises with a hoppy quality, then falls halfway into the middle, only to come back on the finish as a bitter palate cleanser upon warming before dissipating once again. The taste is like the aroma: Piney and resinous, with a hint of biscuit and peppery spice throughout. A very fascinating brew--especially that bitterness. I love this beer.
Beerman6686 (3536) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This poured a nice golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Aroma was pungant piney hops and light grain. Flavor was almost all hops, nice cut fresh hops, with just enough2 row to keep it balanced. I am really starting to get into these hugely hopped light session beers.
bhiner41 (169) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a big beers drinkers light beer, great for Sunday football or a long day of tailgating. No hop flavor and light on the alcohol, very refreshing. It has characteristics of a belgian blonde ale mixed with an american pilsner. Some hints of citrus but no hop finish.
superspak (1902) - Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 ounce can into pint glass, no canning date. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Slightly foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, wheat, bread, grass, and floral hops. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good strength, balance, and hop complexity. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, wheat, bready grain, light pine, citrus rind, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Light citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, wheat, bready grain, light pine, citrus rind, floral, grass, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Very nice flavor balance with a good amount of hop flavors; zero cloying flavors present on the finish as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol warming is pretty much invisible, with hardly anything present on the finish as expected. Overall this is a damn nice blonde ale! Very nice hoppy flavor with good malt balance; and extremely easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 pint can, courtesy of pantanap, I believe. Thanks! Pours a bright, honey-golden color with a light orange tinge; creamy, very fine-bubbled, white head with excellent retention and lacing. Very crisp, refreshing, lively aroma suggesting orange blossoms, zesty lemon rind, and mineral / herbal notes; nice and bright, soft nose; hugely enticing; even a light grassiness from the dry-hopping. Medium-light body; medium carbonation (reasonably soft presence); creamy, but very lively presence in the mouth; modest acidity; perfectly drinkable presence; following the aroma, seemingly orange blossoms, light citrus character, and some quiet honeyed notes; hugely drinkable, this is about as good as the Aud Blonde from Russian River; Iíd love to try them side-by-side. Soft finish: light toastiness, mild honey-like maltiness, nicely dry and toasty. Yum.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the Hilton Chicago bar, several times. Pours golden with a dissipating white head. Fruity aroma. Light bodied without the watery mouthfeel. Nice pale pilsneresque malt backbone countered with a very nice lemon and pine bitterness. Semi dry finish, with a hint of tannins and grass. Excellent session beer.
dinkle50 (835) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden color. Aroma is sweet and caramel. Mouth is medium. Great head on this. Taste has a great balance is super flavorful for a lighter beer. Great bitter hop at the end cleans everything away. I could drink this one all day.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Originally reviewed: 2/8/11. Can poured into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear pale gold. A small white head coats the top. Fair spotty lace clings to the glass. The nose is fresh with scents of cut-grass, lemons, floral hops, and citrus. Very potent for the style. The mouth is much more full than expected as well. Good carbonation. Plenty of hops at the forefront of this one. Mild bitterness, but juicy citrus flavors abound. Grass-like qualities noted, some mild hay. This beer breaks away from the norm on the style by packing plenty of flavor. Good beer. Thanks for the opportunity, Baron.
mattyb83 (734) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a can. Hazy golden orange in color with a small white head that quickly fades. Aroma is grassy hops. Flavor is great for a hot summer day. Light citrus and fruit, bready malt, and nice bitterness. Looking forward to trying more!