Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A cross between a lager and a grassy thirst IPA. Good brew.
How: Tap at Vermont’s Brewers Festival 2009
The look: Almost clear dark blonde body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: The hoppy nose blends grass and pine-tree. Slightly toasted malts with a light-moderate caramel presence. Well hopped but not overly so. Hops blend dry grass and pine-cone needles to create a bitterness of medium intensity and a nice moderate dryness. Hops dominate here, had I not known that this is a lager I’m not sure I would have guessed it. I didn’t know High & Mighty were making hoppy lagers like this. Nor did I know that they had hired the marketing team of Kelvin Klein perfume to name their beer.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This beautifully drinkable Kellerbier (with American flair) is the scene for the refreshing equilibrium of lightly caramelized, toasted malts and herbal, almost zesty hops. This is the kind of beer I would like to have in the fridge all the time, but which is sadly quite rare in these parts.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A rocky head of foam decorates the hazy, bright amber, lacing admirably.
-The body is lean and the flavor profile balanced until the hop finishing bitterness, whose leafy zing has a lot of endurance.
-Herbal (noble) hops are more present in the nose than the malts.
-Orange zest highlights appear towards the end.
-Carbonation is frothy and made of big but soft bubbles.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled June 2008. Pours amber with an off white head. Off malty aroma with a hint of hops. The flavor has the same off malt, a little bit musty I guess, and light hoppy notes. Definitely past it’s prime. Still drinkable, but if you see an old bottle on the shelf pass it over.
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brown with a faint soapy head. Aroma is of spicy fruit, almost like hot sauce. Almost no malt aroma. Medium body with some sweet potpourri and horse blanket mustiness. Very smooth finish with an amazing balance.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz brown bottle with bottled on date (June 4, 2008) poured into an American pint glass.
Appearance: Almost tawny amber hue with nice white head. A very thin layer of white remains after settling. It’s unfiltered, but duh, it says that on the label.
Nose: Orange is immediately noticeable, and sweet malt, sarsaparilla, and Indian spices register.
Palate: Carbonation is moderate to high. Agitation reveals a lot of dry-hop characters and a little dustiness. There is an umami character here poking out between bursts of bitter hops (leaning on the pine-y side of things, not the citrus side). Nice and bitter, decent body, with a red kool-ade note right in the mid-palate.
Notes: Although this beer is sufficiently bitter and gets points for that IPA-esque extremeness, it seems to lack something in the middle. I get a strong nose, and an initial bitterness on the palate, a quick mid-palate of fruit and then immediately on to bitterness and dry hops again. I wish there was more in the middle.
blankboy (5603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
<i>My bottle (650ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus & tupalev.</i> Pours a cloudy orange-amber with lots of tiny sediment and an average size diminishing creamy white head. Aroma’s pretty decent, toasty and nice and hoppy. Flavour’s simple and delivers what it says, a hopped up Lager, also a little fruity and with a good bitter finish. Average bodied. I quite enjoyed this -- solid stuff!
VTHopHead (1389) - Barre, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber - Poured a slightly cloudy dark amber in color with a foamy off-white head that settled to a thin covering over the top of the beer. Aroma is clearly hops... flowery with a hint of spice. Flavor is medium bitter with plenty of flowery hops. Finishes mildly bitter and is slightly sweet right at the very end. OK, not great... refreshing though.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
20081220 Bomber from Abes. Bottled June 08. Hazy motor oil amber colored with excellent, rocky, sea foam head that seriously looks like it just blew up on the beach during a noreaster. Cool. Aroma and initial sip at first had some acetaldehyde green apple and metallic notes but those faded quickly and nice saaz grassiness became prominent. I probably should wait for a fresh sample and re-rate this summer. Mouthfeel has some aggressive eff and tinny notes mixed with definite earthy, grassy saaz. Yup, this one is a bit off but it could be worse. Stores need to to a better job of rotating out old stock.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Blankboy, Gathicus, Hogtown Harry and GregClow, courtesy of blankboy. Nice dark yellow, medium white head. Slightly toasty, hoppy aroma - maybe a touch of ginger? Big acidic hoppy taste over such a thin body. More ginger. Very refreshing. A was just about to say a nicely hopped unfiltered lager, but there it is in the commercial description.
garthicus (2469) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Blankboys bottle, shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & Tupalev. Appearance: Hazy golden orange, slightly brown. Aroma: Slight hop, sweet with banana in there too. Flavour: Musty, hoppy, slight bitter/acidic with an enjoyable hop finish.