FlacoAlto (4000) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled August 2014
A vigorous pour into my teku glass from the growler produces an almost, two-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark red stained, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep, red-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of berry like fruit notes, a touch of citrus zest perhaps, with a light herbal note, and a toasty, malty, biscuit like, & dark grain bread like note towards the finish. The aroma has a slight menthol / mint leaning edge to it. My second pour of this beer seems to have a funky, dirty cheese like note to it for some reason, but this seems to dissipate quickly.
The flavor has a chewy, toasted malt character up front that includes a rounded, caramelized, dark-grain bread flavor to it. The finish has a touch of roasted grain to it, this boosts the bite provided by a firm hop bitterness. Lingering hop notes that are herbal and perhaps lean towards menthol in the finish, definitely a sort of smooth, not overly spicy rosemary like note, and a bit of pine character are all found here. There is a rounded currant, maybe hint of floral cranberry, and tangerine zest leaning hop fruitiness to this beer that is accentuated by a caramelized maltiness. The body of this beer is definitely quite quaffable, but has a soft lushness to it that provides a lightly viscous texture, and pleasing palate coating character.
This is much better than I was expecting for some reason; I really like the balance of malt and hop, and the texture of this is quite nice as well.
Oakes (13601) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber, bright. Nice sparkle. Thick head. Malty, crackery, with light diacetyl. Foul/funky taste...wow this really finishes poorly.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft @ brewpub. Looks nice, deep orange with thick tan head, lively carbonation makes it happy looking. The aroma has slight diacetyl and stale cardboardy malts. Lingering sticky finish leaves some unpleasant malt sugars. Not as clean as I’d like. Too buttery, could be interpreted as cookies but it’s not that pleasant. Has another flaw like wood finisher. Too bad bc looks nice and seemed promising.
GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was really confused by the name Steam Beer. I assumed it was a "Steam" beer as in Anchor Steam, but I’ve never seen that word used to describe a style of beer. Anyways, the beer looked like its Anchor counterpart although it tended a bit more towards a darker brown and showed a slighter head, and the taste seemed flatter (as things usually go at High Desert). Vanilla? Maple? Sure, but they could have done some more exploration into the realm of caramel and sugar cookie. No, seriously, High Desert beers are quality, but they never seem adventurous enough. Again, I didn’t have any real problems with the Steam Beer, but, before I knew it, my pint was all gone without ever really leaving any notable impression on me.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber, no lacing and little head. Aroma of norther brewer. Nice hoppy flavor but rather dead CO2. It should be more alive. A descent malty balnce with a smack of diacetyl in the finish. Couldn’t tell if it was actually a lager or an ale.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks again to Tanner Tavernboys for introducing me to this brewery. This beer pours a yellowish brown color with a small white head which left a little lacing on my glass. The aroma is malty and sweet with a hint of vanilla and syrup. The flavor is heavily sweet with vanilla and maple. Some roasty notes....very dry and sticky mouthfeel, interesting and fun to try.
Terminus (3381) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
anchor steam copy!! a little more hops than the anchor make this very good.