MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml - (Secret Santa cousin Rich) - Aroma is skunky and hoppy with a nice malt back. Pours a transparent yellow-orange with small head and little lacing (lots of floaties). Flavor is bland. Soapy and malty and not much else. Palate is watery and thin. I could see this being better by the pint with friends at a small pub. It doesnít do much for me by itself.
Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
gold body with a lacing white head. floral aroma with something like an old riope in there too.lemon flavor that hads some more floral notes. a smooth drinker. a light caramel is in here too, but this is a nice mellow hop showcase.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Filtered, gold, nice head. Muted citrusy, floral hops with some caramelly malt and berries in the aroma. Itís fairly subtle, but it smells good. Carbonationís a bit too prickly which really brings out the hops, which seem very slightly metallic. Malt is nice, but again subtle - perhaps itís the lack of malt guts that makes it taste hoppy. Some milky, earthy flavours and some astringency. Nice? Yep. Drinkable? Yep. Exciting? Hardly.
anders37 (18904) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden colour. Small white head. Citrus and hoppy aroma. Nice hoppy flavor with lots of citrus and a twist of lemon in the end. Very drinkable.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a golden body topped by a thin head with little lacing. Itís sweet and malty with a note of apple and candy. Light bodied and smooth.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden yellow. Aromas of pale malt, big hops, some citrus. Flavor of light malts, citrus and some good hop bite.
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
If this is the future of Scottish brewing, hand me a kilt. This won Champion Bottled Ale at the 2004 Brewing Industry International Awards. Itís a very untypical Scottish brew in that itís dominated by hop rather than malt. And itís a lovely drop. It poured an intense gold with a tall souffle head showing great length and leaving dabs of lacework. Thereís a nice summery floral aroma here, like Princes Street Gardens in June, with some underlying caramel and spicy hops dominating. (This manages to avoid that ghastly pasteurised boiled sweet odour that spoils so many bottled British ales.) It seemed a little lean in the body at first but nicely carbonated. Itís all tangy citrus, similar to an APA, with a long puckering finish. This is a very fine beer with a lot of bite. (500ml bottle, Megabeers, bb Dec 06)
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank this one out of the bottle. It poured and looked like your average lager beer. The smell was sugary but still rather bland. However, once this Scottish brew splashed in my mouth i was amazed. Very citrusy, a lot of orange flavors in there. High on the carbonation level which is not a bad thing for this style. The name speaks for itself.
Nekronos (3742) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 I have to admit it is a good beer, but my palate just donít like beers like this, it is like too hoppy, I do not know at all. But defenitley, in cask is better, cool rodent.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma of fruit was appealing. The taste had a citrusy tone (I actually prefer the aroma) with some malts/hops thrown in. This isnít like the other British ales Iíve had over here. It has a the carbonation but the lemony angle sans a bitter aftertaste was a nice change. However, it could use more spunk in the long run.