Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 Cloudy light yellow banana-like body with an initially medium white head. This is a nice soft floral and perfumy beer. The malts are crisp and the hopping is generous but very soft. Smooth taste comprising of flower petals, a little citrus fruit, banana and vanilla. Very aromatic. Overall impression of drinking an ice-cream. A superior everyday beer. A beer for me. To all those who say I have a god complex, see, there’s nothing wrong with me, this beer suits me just fine.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky golden with a white head. Aromas of citrus and banana. Bitter at first with a follow up with a dry nice finish. Unique taste but has its own personality. I like it.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Hazy gold with a big white head. Sweet bread and lemongrass nose, some perfume and orange notes. Surprising initial bite, a dry, bitter grass flavor, followed by white grapefruit and bread. Crisp, lively mouthfeel, but not from carbonation - the flavors really wake your tongue up! Sharp, grassy finish. More like a hopped up saison than a golden ale, but an excellent beer whatever you call it. A pleasant surprise!
TaktikMTL (6289) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de pamplemousse et d’herbes. Apparence: La couleur est paille voilée avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et de fleurs. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Forte effervescence en bouche. Présence de zeste de citron en arrière goût. (Rating #1052)
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 (3970) - 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 (8819) - 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.