ContemplateBeer (1542) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma: Light grapefruit; very slight Myrcene from the Simcoe (I’m guessing) with a touch of crackery malt. Appearance: Light copper pour, leaving a film of sticky white head. Flavor: Grapefruit is balanced by crackery malts; a touch of Myrcene rounds things out. Palate: Light body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: Middle of the road for me, just seemed muted and understated.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle says 5.5%
A: Pours a hazy dark copper color. The head is a two finger yellow shade. While it fades to one finger relatively rapidly, at that point the head retains itself quite well.
S: There’s a decent amount of piny, weed-like dankness juxtaposing touches of grapefruit. Malts definitely come through with prevalent caramel and toffee. Not my preferred style of pale ale, but definitely acceptable.
T: At first, there are wisps of dank weed backing a sweet-ish malt backbone, while the finish is mostly mild, pleasant grapefruit. Bitterness is well restrained. It kind of lacks flavor, to be honest. But there’s no one element that turns me away, either: it’s fairly harmonious and balanced.
M: This is where this brew succeeds. It’s light-feeling, crisp, and goes down quite easy. The low carbonation actually works because the finish has a good dryness to it.
O: Not overly interesting, but pleasant enough. I don’t really see how it’s a session ale at 5.5%. Not a bad beer, and not one I’d ever turn down; doubt I’d buy it for myself again, though.
Minderbinder (1823) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with medium light-beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of citrus, pine, caramel. Taste is of citrus, pine, malt, caramel, bitterness. Palate: Light-medium body. Medium-high carbonation. Ok balance. Overall: Good. Would be a tad too much on caramel, but a sharp bitterness kinda succeed to balance it. Is 5,6% sessionnable? Would have to drink a couple to know... Anyways, good hybrid.
Aquitard (27) - - JAN 12, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like honey thin cream head. Brown in color lots of floaters which I'm told is protein breakout. Taste is malt light hops little sour. Mouthfeel is surprisingly watery. Overall not great. There's no date on the bottle but my guess is this is old.
DocLock (7866) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Whole Foods Plymouth. Pours clear medium copper with off-white head that laces well. Nose is caramel malt, hops, mild funk and florals. Tastes hoppy, crisp, with caramel malt, some late florals, and a finishing dryness with pineapple and grapefruit.
EpicWardrobe (78) - - JAN 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank from bottle so no info on appareance.
Malty (toasty) aroma with some citrus/piney hops, but not too present.
Taste starts bready and caramel malts, end with some hops, citrus,grapefruit, piney but not too much. Starts malty sweet and ends with a light hop bitterness. Bit dry and moderate carbonation. Nice, but not that hoppy, though I didn’t care about that.
merc7186 (2114) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Orange Peels, Juniper, Bready Malts
Appearance: Hazy Amber/Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head Ring, No Lacing....loaded with floaties, not just dreggs.
Taste: Juniper, Oranges, Mildly Floral, Mildly Bready Malts
Mouthfeel: Poor Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying
benfergy (201) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of floral hops. Note of juniper. The taste is somewhat bitter. Palate is strong bodied. Interesting beer, certainly worth trying.
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. A nice thick beige head has good retention. Thick sticky lacing. The beer is opaque and red brown. Citrus, caramel, and yeast in the aroma. This is earthy but also smooth. Citrus hops but with rich malts and heavy yeast flavors. The amber comes through in this. This offers 3 way balance with the yeast, hops, and malt. I would have like more hops. Imminently drinkable.
wedgie9 (1949) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Tasted on 12/12/13 from a capped 12oz bottle purchased at Craft Brewed. Pours clear burnt orange with an average white head that slowly recedes to average, bubbly lace. The nose has a nicely balanced aroma of light caramel malt, bread, and plenty of floral and grassy hops. The flavor is more focused on the citrus and grassy hops bitterness with the same malt character from the nose providing balance. The body is light with lively carbonation, and a medium balanced finish.