Gelada (12) - ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A classic summer beer, light and refreshing but with a complex hop character.
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden color, white head. Slight corn aroma, which was a tad unpleasent. There is hardly any malt profile, and seems almost "pilsnery" in nature. Very dry, crisp finish.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This won awards? Pretty, light, shining clear gold with a considerable puffy head. Not much nose to speak of. Continuing that theme, not much flavor to speak of. Just kind of boring. Very slightly nutty hints and some minor grassy notes, but all-in-all, tasted like a slightly upgraded macrobrew. Just boring, really.
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at RAF. I echo the 500. I felt this tasted like a skunked beer, and I was not impressed at all. Thin mouthfeel with some popping.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another big award winner that failed to capture my tastebuds! This is so light and yellow, so bland and hard to taste. Barely dry at the end, just light and watery. Certainly just a session ale, meant to be consumed many at a time with little to no effect on your judgement and no harsh effect on your tastebuds.
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Also had this at the Chicago RAF. I must admit not impressed, thin and lacking complexity. When i first had it i thought it was a lager or pilsner instead of a bitter.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at RAF: Soft wheaty aroma and light color. Thin body with moderate bitterness, but lacking much complexity. Another smooth British bitter that is pretty dull.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
RAF: Pale yellow with a medium white head that lasts. Hop flavors dominate; quite bitter and this perception is strong for the last 2/3 of sip. Residual esters and sweetness in finish.
Bov (9245) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 cask; 06/02/2006 - unpasteurized, slightly hazy with a solid creay white head and a nice lacing; subtle citrusy hoppiness; slightly oily with a decent malt body; solid bitterness; dry and long bitter fruity finish (grapefruit, citrusy) - refreshing and deeply drinkable (4/7/7/4/15)
bottled (02/2003)clear golden colour, fine creamy head, biscuit, hoppy aroma, full-bodied, smooth with a long dry and bitter hoppy finish
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Although it poured with a nice head, the color was - as my friend Debbie said "It looks like Miller!" - very yellow/light gold. Thin sweet and bready malts combine with a thicker bitterness and some prickly carbonation. Too light to drink again except maybe in 100 degree weather.