ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a clear copper color. With less than a fingerís worth of white-colored head and poor retention, it doesnít create much of an aesthetic impression.
S: Thereís a lot of caramel in the aroma, and beneath all that caramel/toffee sweetness are some spruce notes. Let it warm up and it will develop a bit of a dark fruit smell. Nothing too exemplary, but not bad by any stretch.
T: At first, a wave of piny flavor (not hop-derived) engulfs the palate, before allowing the sweet maltiness to take over. General dark fruitiness finishes it off. Apart from the spruce, itís pretty uninteresting.
M: Thereís a certain finishing dryness that helps neutralize the sweet flavors some and create good drinkability in spite of its relative heft. Carbonation is very low, though, which makes it a little syrupy at times.
O: Eh...boring. To be fair, this isnít a very fresh bottle, but I canít see this one being fantastic fresh. Worth trying a single for the novelty.
Klimaet (1551) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle thanks to Vestergaard. Pours clear amber, small white head. Aromas of orange, malt, fruit juice, dark fruits, yeast. Taste is malty, sweet fruits, sugar. What the
Vestergaard (1543) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2016
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle thanks to Ottfather. Pours a clear golden amber with a big, white head. Aroma has yeasty esters, lots of fruits, vienna malts, berries. Taste is sweet, light sour, metallic, but no real bitterness? Juicy body, average carbonation. Oh well.
HourGlass13 (538) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours up a brownish orange color, with a medium head. Aroma is sweet malty with some yeast and resin. Tastes like mayonnaise, sweet, creamy, some herbal, pine and lemon notes in flavor. Lots of loose sediment floating around. OK but not something I would get again.
arkanu (50) - Iasi, ROMANIA - APR 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber in colour, a decent head that doesnít stay for too long. There are clear notes of pine with pollen sweetness, the alcohol taste in well masked behind the woody notes and refreshing pine aroma. Carbonation is just perfect. Itís really worth trying it, even though íbeer puristsí will say itís not bitter enough and does not taste like a beer -> itís a very good beer, imho.
ManVsBeer (8057) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cheers Liquor Store, Todmorden, and have had this previously at the Manchester Christmas Markets. Deeper amber in colour with no head. Has a heavy pine aroma, with some similar woody and earthy flavours. Thereís some orange citrus in here too and its strength is evident but not overbearing.
alex_leit (1742) - Minsk, BELARUS - APR 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Golden color. Aroma: malty, a little honey, jam, pine pollen. Taste: raspberry jam, malt, nectar, sweet sherry, a bit herbs, pine and spruce.
lello4ever (559) - ITALY - MAR 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Colore ambra chiaro, mediamente velata. Schiuma bianco sporco, di buona ampiezza e persistenza, a grana fine. Al naso molto piacevole, caramello, frutta, miele, veramente dolce. Anche la bevuta conserva queste percezioni, un malto davvero dolce, caramellata, zuccherina, molto particolare come ale. Solo nel finale si avverte appena una nota erbacea che richiama il pino del nome. Il corpo Ť medio, carbonazione pure, quindi non si addice del tutto alla bevuta meditativa.
uckelman (561) - Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber, clear. Small amount of head. Spruce is pronounced and sweet in the aroma. Flavor is resinous without being overwhelmingly piney. Would probably be a good amber ale even without the spruce. Velvety palette.
sarauckelman (372) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear amber, no head. Very sprucy aroma -- sweet and almost candylike. The same elements carry through to the flavor. Really different, and really tasty. Palate a bit sticky, but suitable for the cane-sugar like sweetness from the spruce. Only complaint: Itís called a pine ale, but I donít get much pine at all, only spruce.
sudomorph (1044) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours a clear golden caramel with a half finger near white head that thins to a film. Aroma is a touch sweet with notes of wood and floral, a touch of caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is balanced with sweet caramel, floral, a hint of pine sap, woody candy sugar, and a bit of alcohol warmth at the end. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a touch of syrup and a dry finish. Overall a nice brew . Notes of wood, floral, sap, and sweet caramel.