ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled version. Light amber, mostly diminishing head. Citrusy, spicy aroma. Creamy feel, low carbonation. Definitely bitter for a blonde ale, but don't expect an IPA or anything. The malts and hops are very well blended. Exceptionally smooth. Liked this immediately, but it seemed to get even better as I drank more.
salvador (10) - London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Slightly less malty than typical Scottish beers, and instead has a strong, but not overly bitter, very aromatic hop profile. Very fragrant, and pretty smooth for a bottled beer, and not far of what I'd expect from cask (thanks to the low gas).
guzzler67 (1484) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear, golden appearance with a small head that left little lacing. Aromatic, spicy, hoppy nose. Dry, bitter flavor with some grass/straw/hay notes.Earthy, vinous finish.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color with a nice white head. The taste is wellbalanced hoppy notes with a resulting slight bitter palate.
TBone (11917) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 19, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2004 Bottled
Fresh grassy hop aroma. Off-white white creamy head with big bubbles and some lace. Clear copper color. As expected very hoppy taste but bitterness come just in the finish, very interesting and complex bitter (has to sample cask conditioned someday ...)! (8/4/8/4/17 4.1)
Re-rated: Bottled (BB 09/2005)
Clear dark golden color and nice steady white head. Grassy flowery hop aroma. Well-balanced crisp mouthfeel with good late bitterness. One of my favourite UK beers. (7/3/7/5/15 3.7)
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear sparkling light amber body topped by a frothy white head. Aroma is a balanced mix of fresh hops and bready malt. The flavor is a nice mix of bitter and light malt. Goes down very easy and must be even better from a cask. Body is medium-light. Overall a nice bitter.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber colour, very little head. nose is lightly citrus and malt. Flavour is malty with good bitterness. Finish is pleasant and dry
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2007 (Bottled) Clear golden with a small, partly lasting head. Pine-citrus-hoppy aroma. Smoothly lemony-hoppy, mild but delicate, fruity and balanced flavor with a short, bitter finish. Very smooth-carbonated and balanced palate. Feels a bit like the hoppiness had been cut somewhat since last sampling.
(Bottled, rated Sep 24, 2006) Clear golden color with a smallish, lacy head. Crisp, piney-hoppy aroma with some lemony soapiness and sweet berries. Crisp, flowery-piney-hoppy flavor with a bitter, sharp finish and a long, dryish-hoppy aftertaste. Light to medium-bodied, quite low-carbonated and refreshing palate. A nicely hopped, crisp and refreshing brew with a pleasantly low ABV. Very nice one to sip during and/or after sauna!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear straw, small white head. Semi-sweet nose with diacetyl notes. Nice noble hop flavor over sweet malts; grassy, tangy. A great session brew that surprisingly reminds me of Prima Pils' hop profile (and that's a good thing).
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber body with white head. Aroma had some citrus tones. Flavor citrus bitterness.