Metallion66 (103) - - DEC 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Admittedly I donít very often care for any kind of lagers. The taste just simply isnít my thing. So that being said, keep that in mind. However, I think this is a ridiculously good beer. Way more worthy than the over all score currently.
Beautiful hoppy aroma, but definitely not over the top. Crisp, Refreshing, but not bitter. I could see myself drinking the hell out of this during the hot summers.
Great Job H&G!
mmmbeer (1202) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. can poured into shaker- I know, the beerbitches here will proclaim,"Heís drinking ANOTHER pale lager... ugh!" accompanied by acting that as worse as porn, but, frankly, they can suck me raw like sushi, and call me Obama while they do it. Poured a transparent, with an ever so tint of murkiness to it darkened yellow color. Two finger white foamy head became a one finger white foamy head in the time I thought about, and wrote this- impressive! Aroma of grass, hops, and light grain- not too shabby! Hits the mouth with a light body, malt is encased in an almost candi sugar sweetness but the malt can still be found (the farmboy says just a touch of rye is present, am I right?), middle is very impressive- it doesnít start to fade away, in fact, it becomes stronger, finish is brisk, firm, and slightly acidic from the hops. To be honest, the first thing that popped in my mind while tasting this was the 1980ís version of Strohís (MI brew- nevermind Texughtuckys) - firm pale brew, yet slightly acidic, and it refused to turn to water throughout the entire six pack! And trust me, thatís not a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all...Twirl your finger in the air. You know what that means? HOME RUN! Great job Hops & Grain, you have the competition beat for a summer beer.
degbert (963) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours a perfect gold-amber with a very slight chill haze. Head is creamy white with large bubbles and lacy foam. The nose is floral, resinous, and citrus, a very pleasant balance. A touch of stone fruit sweetness on the front of the mouth opens up into balanced bitterness and malty sweetness. Finishes long and slightly acidic, with a very clean fruity bite. Damn, thatís good.
lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell is perfumy hops. Fruity and bright. Taste is smooth and refreshing and hoppy but only lightly bittered. Still hoppy for the style. Easy drinking and flavorful. Very good.
JStax (2564) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce can thanks to Errl. Pours a semi-hazy copper color with a fluffy, bubbly white head of foam. Good retention. Aroma is grassy and citrusy, a lot like cascade and citra was used. Taste is a subtle fruity bitterness with a sweetness that picks up about mid palate and rides through to a juicy finish. This is unlike any pale lager Iíve ever had, and it is very good.
superspak (2115) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got in a trade with Cyde. 12 ounce can into lager glass; no canning date, but should be pretty fresh. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, lemon zest, peach, mango, pineapple, floral, grass, bread, light caramel, and floral/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of hop, malt, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, peach, mango, pineapple, bread, light caramel, floral, grass, and floral/yeast earthiness. Light floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pineapple, peach, mango, bread, light caramel, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on finish. Very nice complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with balanced malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice hoppy pale lager style. Nice complexity and balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
SudsMcDuff (5644) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This stuff is great, no way this doesnít shoot up into the top pale lagers list!! .. . amber .. . medium foam .. . nice hoppiness, hay also .. . quite clean, great beer! .. . .
dead mouse on my desk?? ... .
. you earned it!
ansermadide (1430) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer sits in my glass with a little bit of a haze in a bright, yellow/orange colored body with steady, moderate carbonation and a fizzy, bright white head. It definitely looks pale. The nose is a great bouquet of bready malts, fresh grain sweetness, and a mysterious herbal, almost candy-like plant-like hop character. Caraway seeds? Coriander? My own hallucinations?
In the mouth, well, my first impression is how soft and smooth it is, especially on the lips. Man, what a great mouth feel. Some great, spicy, earthy hop bitterness is showcased here, softly decorated with a light residual sweetness. Hops and a touch of lemon/lemon verbena, perhaps, in the finish. This is extremely good, especially for a lager. This could very well be the best pale lager Iíve ever had. Smooth, hoppy, stifly-flavored, yet still refreshing and super sessionable. Great choice of hops here. What an experience. Donít let the style dissuade you... this is fantastic, more like a bready, generously hopped pilsener than what youíd expect of a lager. No nasty, sulfury lager characteristics. Itís clean and gorgeous.
tectactoe (1043) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014 Can: very muddled rustic amber color with a nice sized, chunky off white head that lasts forever as a mild skin & collar. Aroma is mildly spicy hops, grain, some lightly baked bread, a faint bit of citrus/lemon, yeast, & faint metallic notes. Taste has lots of lightly sweet cereal grains & baked bread, good amount of lemon-lime, orange rind, fresh grapefruit flesh, slight musty & leafy hop notes with a spicy, almost Saaz-like character. Finish of mild lemon & orange, bready grains, & musty hops. Very nice lager... Could crush this.
Beerenberger (1226) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of citrus hops and floral Grapefruit. Pours a clear amber with a none lasting white head and spotty lacing. The taste is much like the nose. Floral and fruity. Medium-light body and crisp carbonation. Overall, a good Texas summer time quencher.
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