Gorbalev (2988) - 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 (2767) - 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.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle (22oz). Shared by blankboy with me, garthicus, GregClow and tupalev. Hazy amber, average off-white head. Funky-bitter, acidic aroma, underlying sweetness - pretty decent, actually. The taste is also very acidic, a hint of cherry ... and celery. Pretty average mouthfeel, lively, bitter in the finish, maybe a hint of lemon zest. Pretty solid stuff!
thornecb (4689) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pale copper into a shaker. Large white head recedes leaving spot lacing. Caramel and grass aromas. Bitter with little malt balance from front to back.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at Earth. Cloudy darker copper body with a rich and frothy off-white head. The smell is a bit subdued, but has notes of pine-sol, grass and honey. The taste is much different and packed full of flavor. Grains galore with a really rich caramel and bread base. The hops come through well with some pine and grass. The finish is clean and refreshing without a lot of the overly crisp lager notes. I really dig this brew and can’t wait to try more from High & Mighty.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled on June 4, 08. Chunky rusty amber color with a dense creamy head. Lemony, orangina like hop-forward aroma. Clean and slightly toasty with light caramel. Surprisingly full nose for a lager of any kind, in my experience. Round and hugely clean flavor, with a pithy, bitter citrus finish. Bready malts and slightly yeasty - nice lacing, by the way. Mushy and chewy, with a grassy and herbal component. Soft finish. Really well balanced and very drinkable. As flavorful and interesting a lager as I’ve had.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a gorgeous hazy deep rusty copper with a monstrous lacing/pillowy tan head. Great looking beer. The aroma is zesty, clean, bread crust, a sweeter dark bready note, lots of fresh lemon zest/rind. Nice! Has body is lively and crisp yet substantial. The flavor has an amazing malt depth. Both clean and flavorful. Crisp upfront with notes of lemon zest-like hop spiciness, followed by a subtle toffee note in the back with other malt subtleties/complexities. Toasted bread crust, subtle vanilla, toasted almond and a long peppery/zesty hop finish. An awesome, hoppy lager with great malt character!
JoeMcPhee (8807) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. God... these names are beyond obnoxious. Deep amber/hazy beer with a thin white head. Aroma is quite hoppy. A touch of berryish fruitiness and a noble hop spiciness. There is a definite malty sweetness on the back as well. There is something I really like about this, but there is something else that I’m not sure I do. It has a crusty bready aroma but it also has that fairly raw grainy rusticity. The malts are quite fresh and crusty with a bready yeasty freshness. Some soft fruity hops, berries yeast and a nice grainy/malty flavour. I’m not convinced they knew what they were doing when they made this, but I like it nonetheless.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Hazy deep amber with a frothy off-white head. Fruity and floral aroma, with honey, citrus, apple, pear, some white grape and a bit of caramel. Light caramel and honeyed cereal flavors, with a nice fruity/citrusy presence. Lemon/grapefruit hoppy finish. Medium to full body. Nicey balanced and quite enjoyable. A pleasant surprise.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle). Aroma is hoppy and citrus, along with some yeasty malt. Very hazy orange amber in color, with a creamy off-white head that leaves quite pretty lacing. Flavor is very hoppy and citrus, but it’s also supported by lager breadiness and malt. Very pleasant hoppy finish. Overall, a bit of a hybrid brew. Different and excellent.