ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep golden colour with a solid off white head. Hoppy, citric aroma with fruity notes. Hoppy and bitter flavor with hints of pineapple. Dry and light sweet finish.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured golden and clear with an off-white head. Bitter citrusy hops aroma with a touch of grass. Taste is very bitter and rather plain with a dry finish. Good for what it is, but one-dimensional.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear golden body under a fluffy white head. Nicely hopped aroma, strike me as being of the Noble variety. Butterscotch malt underneath. In the flavor the lemony, grassy hops take precendent. They combine with the light mouthfeel and medium carbonation to produce a pretty refreshing beer.
PorterPounder (5695) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Marcello’s Wine Market, Baton Rouge, La. - 500 ml bottle. Medium gold pour, slighlty murky, fluffy white head with thick lacing. Tart, lemony aroma, some grassy notes. Tart flavor, some subtle citrusy notes, a bit of sweet biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but ok for the style. Refreshing, not earth shatetring with flavor, but decent.
leaparsons (8303) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Golden with a small off-white head. Aromas are floral, sweet pine hops with biscuit and traces of sulphur. Flavours are sweet biscuit malts followed by soft, dry bitter hops. Fairly understated to begin with but supremely drinkable. Very addictive.
rajendra82 (959) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown stubby bottle holding 500 ml. of bottle conditioned hazy pale golden beer, almost too pale. The head was an inch thick in my Imperial Pint glass, and foamy, but did not leave too much lace.
The aroma was understated, which I find typical with British imports. Earthy, spicy, malty, and hoppy smells were evident, but none dominant, not too powerful. The taste was clean and had a dominant spicy and bitter hop bite. The twist of lemon astringency mentioned on the label was also clearly evident. The malts presented themselves with a biscuit like toasty crispness and a light honey flavor too. The aftertaste was mineralized and dry.
This is an awesome example of a small beer (only 4% ABV) with a punch of big hoppy flavor. Not too subtle like most other British imports, this is almost like an American IPA toned down a bit. If you like hops, this is a nicely crafted Bitter.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Pours a clear pale gold with amber hues (almost BMC colored) with a thick white head that settles quickly. Aroma is sweet, malty and estery with hints of sherryish oxidation. Some earthy hop notes budge through as well. Flavor is wow...this is probably the hoppiest British ale that I’ve tried (though that’s not saying too much). Earthy and grassy hop flavor with just the right amount of complementing bitterness. Bready malt with very little caramel sweetness comes through as well. None of the oxidation aromas come through in the flavor fortunately. Body is average; a bit below what I think a pale ale should be. The lower carbonation gives the mouthfeel smoother. Pretty good beer given the usual mediocrity of most overpriced British ales.
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Yellow color with no head. Wow... just piles of grains, grains, and more grains. Little bitterness or malt, but plent of grain silo mediocrity.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Yellow/Gold Coloring with White Frothy HEad. Light Fruit and Hops Aroma. Cardboard Notes Immediate..Bitter..Bad Sweet Malt..
TheBeerGod (5329) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a translucent gold with small white bubbles around the rim. Nose is flowery hops, citrus fruits, tea leaves, and light malt. Taste is surprisingly flavorful! Bitter flowery hops, light tea leaves, citrus fruit, light creamy maltiness and some light herbal notes. Body is slightly creamy and smooth with minimal carbonation. Finsihes with more flowery and citrusy notes, creamy malts, light tea notes and light spice.