Big_Pete (34) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2014
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
One way ticket to blackout ville. The beer is pretty bad. Booze is evident in the nose and taste. Avoid this like the plague.
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mikesaum (642) - Newark, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2013
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
From the can, corny gross aroma. Taste is surprisingly pretty easy going and non offensive, easy drinking stuff and i usually hate ice beers.
Caytinator (1005) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2013
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Can. Smells gnarly, tastes gnarlier. Just offensive. Usually people insult this type of beer by saying it tastes like water, but this beer tastes much worse than water. I’d drink it at NASCAR, that’s about it.
tnkw01 (1337) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2013
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Can. Continue to slum it. Another terrible beer. Color, pale gold. Some head. Very watery in taste but slightly more than Busch. Aroma, straw, hay. Not good.
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 28, 2013
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
A steady pour into my oversized Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a soapy, two-fingered head. Low retention with soap scum styled lacing along the sides as it fizzles out over a 1 minute period. The beer is a clear, deeper golden color with hefty nucleation points unlike the other macros I’ve tried lately for the ratebeer scavenger hunt season 3. The nose smells fruity with yellow apple at first blush. Specific aromas of white crystalline sugar, baked apple, doughy sweet roll, and perfumed hotel bar soap. The wife thought it leant towards corn as well along with spent grain.
Much more undergraduate college in taste than the soft, fairly nice aroma suggested; this has a bracing cornmeal, sulfur, and sickly sweet character that I was hoping would be remedied by the sub zero ice brewing process. There is some effervescence that allows it to pass for poor college kid swill over some terribly offensive. It has that unfortunately persistent "beer" taste that non beer lovers complain about when dismissing the entire world of beer as being plebian versus wine or liquor. The finish is longer than I’d like with sulfur, rotting egg, sweeter adjunct cornmeal, and some papery tannic apple skin. A soft butteriness gives this a heavy body that makes it hard to down even with such a normal abv and lack of harsh brewing flaws.
This is a pretty disappointing pale lager that I thought I was missing out on given the proprietary sub zero brew method, but the end result is painfully identical to Natural or Busch Light in profile. Only the aroma comes across as half way decent. But the sulfur character is unacceptable. I can only imagine it is marketed to be consumed also at sub zero temperatures so that this rotting egg flavor is all but gone. I’m also disappointed that Icehouse counts as a pale lager tick, as it has all of the marketing to place it squarely in the malt liquor segment. Ironically, I thought Icehouse Edge, the malt liquor version, was more enjoyable.
smmaaren (339) - NORWAY - AUG 11, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Backlog: 35,5 cl bottle. Pours pale yellow with a white head. Slightly alcohol taste. Average lager.
Shanebrews (228) - Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This is one of the better brews commonly available in the 40 oz. bottle. There is a slight off flavor common to the ’Plank Road’ beers, but overall it is smooth with adequate body and balance. Not too gassy with plenty of alcohol for the style.
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pale yellow. Large head. Aroma is very beery. Taste is Beery and harsh but not offensive. Corn and moldy malt are predominant. Plus for no watery taste.
archied (6) - - JUL 9, 2013 does not count
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bland taste, stronger alcohol content compared to other American beer. Aroma was lacking as well
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells lightly of malt and hops (slightly floral perfume) with a bit of a sour edge. Almost smells like a Pilsner. As it warms up, that slight sour edge becomes more apple cidery. Flavor is similar to the nose, but the hops are less pronounced and there is a sweetness that carries through the whole way. Sweet malt up front, flash of hop flavor then fades quickly from malty to sugary, the hops go metallic, then the flavor muddles and becomes watery before the finish. Finish is short except for the impression of sweetness that lingers a bit.
Overall, this brew has a good balance between clean/crispness and actually having some flavor. It’s got more flavor than most beers in the category without being too fruity or sweet. The carbonation is on the low end of moderate and just about right, in my opinion.