ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 2003 bottle. Deep amber-brown/mahogany, wavy and has some yellow tones. Good off-white head that lasts long. Smells lightly hopped, slightly tart and a touch of roast. Begins with a big slightly syrupy malt, that is chewy and lightly nutty. Body is a satisfying medium. Moderately carbonated. Finish has a big hops flavor for it. More so than traditional for the style I would think, as this one is not overly malted. But the hops taste fresh. Warming up, it gets sweeter, lightly chocolatey. I thought it much better than average.(7/4/7/4/16)
2004 bottle. Not quite as decent as I remembered. More watery, some fruity hops and a very dry malt. Light caramel/mild chocolate sweetness on the finish. Color, aside from being filtered, still looks impressive. (6/4/6/2/11)
CapFlu (4719) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Thin, almond head and copper body. Lightly carbonated. Light hops in nose and flavour. Average.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2004 Aroma of some nice malts at first then straight to the hops.I enjoy the hops in this one..A tongue tingler that reminds me of an amercan made EIPA crossed w/good octoberfest characteristics.Better than I expected.It left the essence of toasty chocolate and hops on my palate.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice amber color and has a wonderful malty sweet aroma. The balance between bitter and sweet is just right to make this a very enjoyable easy drinking beer. As it warms you get the real good caramel and spices flavors more prominately.
PhoebeDog (5) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2003 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Harpoon makes a great IPA, but I keep wishing the rest of their work would keep up.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Body is medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (flowers, resin, pine). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly metallic. A paint-by-numbers American-hopped Oktoberfest.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Nothing special here. Tasted like any other oktoberfest. Did have a slight bitter finish.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lovely red/brown color. Light on the malt and a bit more hops than I'd expect (still not has hoppy as the Sierra Nevada O-fest)
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Pours a clear amber body with a medium white, frosty head. Descent malty tasting brew with hints of chocolate and citrus.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorites. Not quite true to style ( little heavy on the hops) more like an ale, but a damn good ale.