BucannonXC5 (1229) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2013
Misc.: 15th anniversary of Schmaltz Brewing Company on bottle
Poured a caramel orange hazy color with two fingers of off-white head. Below average lacing. Good retention.
Smelled a nice mix of hops and malts. Got icy Cascade hops for sure and maybe rye hops, but there were more. Malts were caramel, toffee and honey among others. Seemed to be a bit earthy. An iced tea whiff and maybe even some sour apple.
Wet Cascade hops come in first with a bitter rye hop finish. In between are grainy, earthy malts along with honey and caramel. Not quite as good as the smell.
Medium body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively (above average) carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish.
A pretty good beer. Surprised to find out it is listed as an APA. Would have though somewhere between a brown ale, amber or even an IPA. I’d definitely have it again.
robforbes (2090) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear pale brown with a large white head, and good lacing.
smell is of caramel, grain, hops, malt, and a touch of citrus.
taste is of caramel, grain, hops, some roasted malt, and a little citrus. ends bitter and somewhat dry.
travita (4642) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The smell is malty, doughy, hops, pine, fruits, and veggies. A clear look, light beige head, and amber in color. The taste is slight bitterness, hops, pine, and ok.
jkwalking05 (4446) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of citrus and caramel. Taste is of malt, caramel, citrus, and grass.
PhatB420 (792) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into a stemmed sierra nevada bulb. Looks nice with an overaly brown and rust balance. Taste is hoppy, mildly bitter and crisp. Aroma is a bit flat, well aged fruit, maybe even spolied, hops are a bit sticky, prevalent is the pale ale tartness that evolves. No superior head, but the brew seems to settle as soon as it rests in the glass. Magnificent tenderness resides with the dry hopped flavour and malted submergence of the tasty hops.
Oscbert (1194) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
~Earthy floral aroma of hops with sweet caramel and bready notes from the malts
~Pours cloudy amber color with small disappearing white head.
~Very earthy and woody hop flavor with light hop spice. Bready caramel flavor from the malts. Kinda of a muddled flavor.
~medium light bodied with medium CO2, earthy lingering hop finish.
~Didn’t really care for this one. Hop choice makes the beer taste too earthy and musty. Still drinkable. Just wont buy ever.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
355mL. Pours a clearish, deep toffee amber. Larger, rocky, buttermilk foam. Excellent retention and webby, loose lacing. Nose is vanilla, stale candies, old caramel/Halloween candies, something like pickles (?). Just old, past prime smelling. Taste is stale lemon drops, lemon soap, lemon acid, very harsh acidity and acrid, astringent bitterness. Lemon tea throughout and big tannic, palate destroying puckering from the lemon bitterness. Ick.
mike67 (1009) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-orange with long lasting, foamy, white head. Aroma is of orange marmalade, caramel malt and citrusy hops. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is of citrusy hops, biscuit malt and hint of fruit. Finish is medium, herbal. Not very flavorful brew. I expected much more.
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours deep amber with thick tan head. Very faint hop aroma. Mild malt flavor with hop finish. I guess it’s good for a session ale. Unfortunately I have little use for session ales.
blklab2007 (2111) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 15’th anniversary on the neckband. Pour has a dark amber color and a one finger light tan head. Aroma has malts, light dry hops, caramel, and dull faded citrus. Not very bright or punchy so far. Mouth feel is light and there is average carbonation. Flavor has mostly malts, dull hops, and light bitterness. I had such high hopes for this one too bad.