TomDecapolis (4386) - Lawrence, Kansas, 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.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of banana, toffee, clove, light smoke, and some citrus as well. Taste of citrus, burnt bread, toffee, some clove, banana, and a sweeter finish.
hopdog (8450) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the North Wales location. Poured a deeper yellow, almost gold color with a smaller sized head. Nice smokey aromas that came out as it warmed up with some bready/biscuit. Tastes of the same with a slightly sweet finish. Some fruitiness lurking in the background. I liked the smoke characteristics.
Earlier Rating: 7/8/2010 Total Score: 3.6
750ml, corked and caged bottle, shared courtesy of Tom. Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Hazy. Aromas of smoke, yeasty, and bready. Tastes smoke, caramel, and some lighter fruitiness.
GT2 (7716) - Carlsbad, 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 thatís 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 Iím assuming was the intention.
j12601 (6585) - 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.
DocLock (7428) - 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. Letís get more original, guys.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, 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 donít really get too much smoke. Dry yeasty flavor. A bit of funk and some fruit. Good hoppy finish.
Hophead22 (2880) - 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)
dmac (3692) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml cork and caged bottle shared by pineypower, thanks Dean. Poured a cloudy orange body underneath a smaller foamy off white head. Aroma of super light smoke, apples and grapes, peanutts, flower stems. The body is nice with a medium to slightly thinner body and a creamy mouthfeel that really foams up once it passes your lips. Flavor has a lot more smoke then the aroma with additional notes of peanut butter and jelly, no lie, more apple, grains. Meh.....itís diferent but not in love with this one.
alobar (2589) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange yellow color with soapy white head. Aroma of smoke, apples, yeast and bread. Smoke flavor with apples, and bread. Different and decent, but an odd combination.