hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft- pale yellow in appearence, white head, big lemon/citrus hop flavor that I enjoyed quite a bit. My friend and I were not quite sure what kind of beer this was, but it was nice and refreshing on a late spring night. Would buy again. Friend really thought it had a sour apple thing going on that I noticed other raters had mentioned,but I did not get that.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz brown bottle from Florian’s. Very hazy yellow body with a half inch of white head. Smells malty with a good dose of floral hops. Tastes like citrussy pithy floral hops with caramel malt making a nice malt backbone. The mix of hops is really nice. Lighter bodied with only a moderate amount of carbonation. The great flavor and light mouthfeel make this a really drinkable beer. It has the perfect balance of full flavor and refreshing drinkability. Good stuff.
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy pale yellow appearance, Aroma of alcohol and bananas. Flavor is a bit mysterious, a little bitter. Decent balance, Flavor of a pine like candy, flavors come out more and more with every sip.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Have had this one in bottles quite a few times and recently (2/19) on draught at Redbones. Won’t be rating the draught version, as that was a diacetyl bomb.
Another fantastic appearance, very well-conditioned and obviously unfiltered/unpasteurized. Huge, foamy, sticky white head laces very fully. Beer is clear, with a slight haze and shows a fine golden appearance with tiny bubbles in the liquid.
Very dry and lightly fruity hops in the nose suggest styrians and/or hallertauers. Deliciously crisp and aromatic, with light yeast apparency on the finish. Malts are super-attenuated, lending only the barest hint of light vanilla-honey, but more a grainy, crisp, fresh barley aroma. No alcohol or flaws from the nose.
Flavor is shockingly dry. Even for someone who enjoys ultra-dry beers, this stuff is challenging. Almost zero sweetness, just a bit of lemon-icing sugariness that quickly gets wisked away by the assertive, moderately bitter nectarine-meets-lemongrass hoppiness. Orange zest and lightly bitter lime-like notes collect as well, as a slightly nutty, moderately grainy, crisp maltiness further dries the palate. Very engaging, tight carbonation needs a good 10 minutes to reach an appropriate level (it starts a bit too aerated). Really interesting beer, my only complaint was the fact that you could "taste the Paper City in it". Hard to describe exactly, but there’s a slight papery, almost sour-apple (though much less intense/apparent than that sounds) note that I associate with Paper City beers that I can also taste here. Seems like they used Paper City yeast, which was not a great decision. I’ll take the XPA, though, I think that one is a bit more balanced overall.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Robe blonde paille voilée surmontée d’une mousse blanche mince. Arômes de céréales. Saveurs de houblon épicé et terreux.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Very pale golden beer, slightly cloudy. Aroma if lean pale malt, spicy wheatiness as well as a touch of orange peel citrus character. Flavour is great with loads of spicy hop aroma and flavour in perfect harmony with the lean pale malt. Straw-like herbal character that comes across as very fresh. Great balance and would make a terrific session beer.
ABUSEDGOAT (2390) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden orange with a large head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is a huge blast of fruit and grass. Like, loaded without being overbearing. I can’t stop smelling it. For a golden ale.. wow. Flavor brings this with a relatively high bitterness, medium body. Big flavors for the style, but also very well balanced. My favorite Golden Ale, if the 6 packs are $8 or less I’m buying a case, which says a lot.
shadey (1897) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, light golden orange pour with a thin white head of lace. Aroma is light sweetness and attractive hops. THe hops are more in line with an american pilsener than an IPA. Pretty tastey, with a clean bite of hops in the finish. Actually better than I anticipated. Palates is raw and scraping. Quite a nice and tastey brew.
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Slightly hazy pale gold with a large fluffy/foamy white head, sticky lacing. Aroma - oh, god, after all those Québec golden ales, I’m bloody floored; sweet malt backing, yeasty, with a wonderful mélange of herbal, resiny, floral hops - like a fresh Euro-style hoppy brew moderately amped up American style - it works well. The taste is quite nice - less hop character up-front - surprisingly mild, really - but it slowly builds sharp bitterness in the finish, which is slow-building and fairly long. Soft, gentle mouthfeel, astringent and crisp, a bit of a resin aftertaste - and it seems to have a little alcohol kick too, but it’s only 4.9%? I agree with muzzlehatch - if this were readily available near me I’d have a six chilled and ready to drink all summer long. Well done!
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Spirit Haus in Amherst MA (September 2006) imbibed from a HOTD glass at cellar temperature. Totally stunning appearance, shiny/luminous very cloudy, unfiltered yellow-gold with a gigantic fluffy ice-cream-soda head which very slowly descends leaving thick, thick lacing....very fresh grassy, perfumy aroma, faint traces of oak and white grapes and a bit of orange zest, rather complex for the style but mostly inviting and zippy....crisp, bitter character predominates in the body, reminiscent more of a German pils at first than an English golden ale -- it actually fits the commercial description very well -- with sharp dry grassy hops increasing throughout the mouthfeel, though light caramelized textures in the malts and lower carbonation do belie initial lager feel....wonderfully round, the balance goes more to sweetness and maltiness with warmth....this is just beautiful and will certainly be a regular fixture for me now that it’s available in Vermont.