arminjewell (8620) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma brought notes of grass, biscuit, cracker, some yeast in there, and a very slight hint of sweet and floral honey notes. Taste is a mix of honey, earth, grass, slight biscuit and cracker, finishing fairly bitter, slightly dry. Eh.
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2013
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2013 bottle. hazy light amber body with a small off-white head, quickly diminishing, light lacing. very yeasty nose with undertones of vienna and caramel malt (seriously?), cinnamon candies, vegetable-and-barley stew, sweet red apple candies, moldy wasabi and a huge dose of flavored-powdered-sugar (sweet tarts). medium-light body with rough grain husk malt texture and medium carbonation; semi-sweet malt with mild to medium bitterness. mild hop aromatics are difficult to distinguish amid the apple juice malt. the flavor is extremely ester-heavy and very much like a dirty top-fermented ale (lots of apple, pear and grape bubble gum with mild but unpleasant acidity). yeast and sugar and and a very unclean fermentation; coarse, raw, wort-like and dirty and very off-the-mark for Pilsner. The hops are buried enough to be mostly unrecognizable, and the mouthfeel is lacking softness. pretty much failing marks across the board.
Ratman197 (11234) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber poured a clear golden amber with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of breasd, earthiness, vegtal notes and light yeast. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, yeast, light earthiness and light green chilies with a smooth finish. I have to agree with Ernest on Hall, their beers are none to good so far.
Ernest (6727) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark yellow.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (grain, cookie, husks, wort), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of celery and paint.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Another rough, extract-homebrew-ish, syrupy-sweet, flawed example. It’s sad, too, because the hop part of the aroma is actually enjoyable. But alas, the terrible husky/vegetal malt character and other off notes pretty much ruin it. This is all the more sad because this company’s projection of being a "farmhouse" sorta brewery is so far out of whack with the beer’s actual character. It reminds me of when I used to go ticking at CO brewpubs when I first started rating beer...the vast bulk of which seem to use a cookie-cutter (metaphorically, of course), the beer is very generic in character, the malt is always rough and raw smelling, and you just get the impression that the beer isn’t the primary focus of the company. That’s what we have with Hall here, but I have no idea what the focus of the company would be if not the beer. I was duped by the labels and now I have two more bottles in the fridge to sample, sigh.