thornecb (5402) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours bright amber/red into a shaker. Off-white micro head tophats as it slowly recedes to skim surface. Pine and citrus aromas. Thick..yet thin with a spicy rye..yet sourdough middle and finish.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. Clear reddish amber pour with a fine off white head. Rye and hops in the aroma. Balanced malt character with a tinny background. Smells fairly average. Some light sticky sweetness in there also, faint spiced rum notes. Some tropical type fruit in the flavor - pineapple, banana. Lingering bitter finish. Bread and toast in the middle. The rye seems distracting in the flavor. Metallic again. Oily mouthfeel and slightly chalky finish.
notalush (5706) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear light red beer, with a frothy off-white head - apparent and spicy rye in the aroma, with some biscuity british maltiness, some buttery character - the flavor is dominated by that diacetyl-heavy quality commonly imparted by the use of those british ale yeasts these new england brewers love to brew with - some odd notes of banana bread - some spicy rye manifests late, but never really cleanses the palate of the initial flavor - fairly one-dimensional and bland compared to the recent releases in this series.