TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a medium bubbly creamy off white head. Aroma of fruity Belgian yeast, very light smoke, cereal grains. Flavor was of this nice smooth smokiness, spicy Belgian yeast, clove. light earthy notes and citrus.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle courtesy of GMCC2181, thanks Gabe. Rating #6. Medium yellow pour. L9ight smokiness and a little bready, very smooth, but with a little hop bite too it. Not bad and very nice for the 4th. (1281)
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shenandoah Throwdown, 750ml bottle, thanks Dickinsonbeer. Small off-white head atop cloudy straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some spicy, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some orange, light smoke. Soft light-medium body, light creaminess.
j12601 (8700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a hazy golden apricot color. Light smoke (and I do mean very light, knowing there was some smoke probably was the only reason I noticed it), some soft wheat notes. Smooth, cracker and sweetness. Light bitter finish.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy orange-yellow pour with a light tan head. Somewhat weak aroma with mostly hops and a bit of cereal. I don’t really get too much smoke. Dry yeasty flavor. A bit of funk and some fruit. Good hoppy finish.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL sampled at Shenandoah Throwdown. Pours a nice cloudy blonde with a creamy, relatively thick, bright white head that has good retention and lace. Not much smoke going on here for me- maybe a touch in the nose but that’s because I was looking for it. Taste is pretty generic Belgian blonde: yeasty, candi sugar, touch of grassy hops. Moderately creamy body. No real flaws but not what I would consider a smoked blonde, which I’m assuming was the intention.
DocLock (8956) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The newest 750 cc from Iron Hill, this one pours deep gold with a lot of carbonation streams and 2 finger white head. Nose is pale malt, hopcitrus, mild rauch and fruit. Tastes rich, spicy, with pale malt, hopcitrus, apricotty fruit, on the sweet side late, with light rauch. They advertise this as smoked gold ale, but I found the rauchy component to be pretty much non-existent. Still, a unique and quaffable beer on a 90 degree day, although I must admit to getting tired of all the puns on blonde women. This one even features a Barbie doll on the label. Let’s get more original, guys.