Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. This poured with some copper hue and was clear. A decent head that was off white and the retention was ok. A fruit and spice aroma. Flavor also had nice fruit and it was well hopped with spicy floral hops. Some cinnamon and caramel made this a sweet beer but the hops were dry. Not a bad beer at all.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
THOUGHTS: Great for a so-called cream ale, but not really my glass of beer. It needed a little more balance. It got a little bit cloying by the end. It was sort of like a very good malt liquor — nice, but it’s still malt liquor.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark, golden yellow to light copper with an average to large, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left barely fair lacing. The aroma had moderate white bread, grain, straw and light malts; light to moderate floral and perfume hops; and slight honey. The initial flavor was heavily sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and lightly bitter. There was honey, white bread, perfume and floral hops, hints of citrus, some grain and a little cereal. The medium body was a bit syrupy and sticky on the lips with tingly carbonation and a slightly astringent and ever so slightly metallic finish.
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours dark straw with off-white head. Nose was pale malt, hops, mild fruit. Tasted fairly rich, with lemongrassy hops, corn flakey malt, and a smooth finish.
Jayb0 (994) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyable if not great. Note sure I really want or need a 7% beer in this style but it does add some heft, which can add some balance to heavier foods. I drank it with indian food and it went pretty well. Also, a decent value compared to other big bottle prices these days.
ChainGangGuy (4347) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 ounce bottle - $5.49 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clearish, golden-orange body with a sizable head, no more than a finger’s worth, and near white in color.
Smell: Grainy, sweetish notes with a slight grassy, hay-like hop hint and some detectable alcoholic sniffs. So far, not the best beer to honor the lead singer of the Monkees, I must say. You’d have to be a Daydream Believer to think this beer was shaping up to be something special.
Taste: Sweet, bready malts, a tad grainy and with a sugary bent to it, like a vending machine jumbo-sized honey bun. Brassy, grassy hops, moderately bitter. Hint of toasted corn cob. Some fairly astringent alcoholic around mid-palate and lasting beyond the drying finish. There’s not much to it, and, what’s there, well, isn’t all that good.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky.
Overall: Some beers can really hide their alcohol content quite well. That’s not the case here, sadly. In fact, I was rather surprised to see it listed as being only 7%. But, then again, this Mutiny Fleet series has been full of surprises!
jeremytoni (2948) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured an amber color with a good amount of head. Sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.
stouby (3686) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Maddy’s, Washington.
Clear golden with an off-white, ok lacings. Aroma moderate malty (caramel, toasted), light hoppy. Flavor medium sweet, light+ bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable.
hopscotch (8776) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Clear amber lager with a small creamy, white head. The nose mainly offers corn and ethanol with maybe a whisper of vanilla – smells like a cream ale. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. Even at room temperature, the flavor is sweet, but not cloyingly so. Bitterness is low, but it’s there. Grainy, creamy and pretty nice overall. Sweet, quickly fading finish. Bottle courtesy of hankchinaski!
Tmoney99 (10396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Poured clear golden color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt aroma. Medium body with with a thick smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet malt flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable brew.
unclemattie (4114) - Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Golden orange color, White head. Hightly active carbonation , rapidly cascading to the surface. Malt aroma, with fruit. Has hints of grain, corn, and a bit of straw. Tastes of a hearty, "high quality" malt liquor, with a dry malt flavor. Loads of cereal character in the creamy body. A touch of alcohol flavor as well. Finishes with a touch of grassy hops, but mostly cereal malt. Imperial Cream Ale.