beernovice39 (3270) - Montana, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a clear copper with a dense off white top. Scent is pine, caramel and citrus. Taste is citrus, bread and pine. Good
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Funny that I just learned the story of the "manna" that sustained the jews for forty or so years in the desert. Some think it’s a food produced from a mysterious nuclear reactor-like energy source. Whatever it was behind it, the substance itself was actually an algae. Now, I’m thinking, "algae beer"? Not sure this is what the He’brew folks were thinking when they named this beer. I’m sure it rather has something to do with the divine sustaining powers of hops. Maybe. Anyway, this beer first seems to me to be an IPA with the sweetness of a dense, coppery amber ale loaded with crystal malts. Not all that impressive in appearance, being pale amber and cloudy with no head in my glass. But the aroma and flavor makes up for its lack of visual attraction. A great bouquest of spicy and earthy hops gracefully overpower the remaining sweetness. The beer has a bit of an up-front bitter bite to it that carries a tasty sweet, spicy bitterness slowly to the back of the mouth well after the beer’s made its way down the throat. A lingering, slightly floral bitterness persists in the finish, supported by a slight earthiness. A slightly soapy character pops its head up occasionally. Otherwise, this is a really nicely decorated, hop-oily treat from Schmaltz.
larryLSB (480) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber, new penny copper on the cloudy side, with medium white head. Nose was mostly of the malt, on the grainy side. Taste was balanced between the sweet and bitter, and left a bitter finish. Medium bodied, overall an enjoyable brew.
jkwalking05 (4446) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper with a large white head. Aroma is of grain, caramel, earth, grass and citrus. Taste is of citrus, malt, caramel, grass.
travita (4642) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange copper colored, clear look, and has an off white head. The smell is hops, grainy, caramel, malt, and lighter hops. The taste is hops, some bitterness, fruits, grassy, and ok.
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice IPA, great pour and sudsy, hop profile is very nice, above average for sure, nice bitterness and sweetness as well, nicely balanced, good from beginning to end, very pure tasting IPA. All in all above average and something I would recommend.
reggiedunlop (3582) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber/gold color witha medium tan head...good lacing and retention. Aroma has citrusy orange and spice...a bit of pine. Flavor has some pine and tea notes...caramel malt backing...good bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium/full and creamy...finish is dry and spicey/piney.
rougeau13 (2301) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear amber with a white head and decent lacing. Aroma of pine, grapefruit, resin and bread. Taste is kind of sweet and moderately bitter with more bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied.
jmohno (1400) - Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange with mild head slightly hazy disapating shortly with a ring and spotty lacing.
Aroma is hoppy with orange/tangerine fruit maybe some floral and spice.
Taste is good with refined fruit citrus like hops nothing bright tart or crisp,more smooth soft and refined some toast and light carmel with a mellow citrus bittering,seems less carbonated then most ipa’s.Pretty sessionable ipa.Nice lingering smooth citrus,pretty refreshing pretty juicy.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think I got this from Sam’s, Durham. Nice earthy pour, a deep amber with a silky, creamy head. Modest lacing and not too much of a sticky feel to the beer. Very soft nose given what I expected, malty, bready, and tea-like from the dry hopping (at times I could’ve sworn there were Fuggles used). Mouthfeel is full and creamy, could have used a slight bite perhaps but I enjoyed it as is. Flavors were just okay to me, with a fairly one-dimensional bitter yeast and hops strain that gets submerged too much in the bready undertones. Unlike some raters, I didn’t at all get much Citra assertiveness, which woulda been nice. Okay.