Darkmagus82 (1864) - - JAN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours clear orange-amber color with a one finger of billowy, just off white foam. The head of the brew is rather fast fading, giving way to almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite sweet overall with a good level of honey and some citrus smells of caramel and a bit of apple and banana. Along with these aromas comes a decent showing of a yeasty smell as well as a bit of a spicy aroma of coriander and clove as well as a little bit of grass and hay, with these rounding out the aroma to produce a rather nice smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins just as the nose would have let on, with lots of sweeter flavors of a fruity nature of orange, banana, and apple with some lighter yeasty tastes and a lighter bit of clove and coriander spice. As the taste moves on the spice grows stronger while the fruity flavors of apple and orange fade. The banana however remains relatively strong and is joined by more and more yeasty and spicy flavors as the taste advances. While the sweeter fruit flavors fade, some sweeter honey flavors all the while take their place, with these and a bit of a grassy taste, leaving one with a still fairly sweetened and nice yeasty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. These are perfect for the style, as they really make for a nice base for the mix of sweet, yeast, grass, and spice.
Overall – I actually rather liked this brew. I think this is highly underrated when considering style, flavor profile and drinkability. I think this was a rather well done Hefe.
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 19, 2015
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Poured from a 12 oz can into a mason jar style glass on 10.12.14.
A: Strong orange and ginger.
A: 2 1/2 finger head. Hazy orange body.
T: Ginger dominates. Honey and slight sweet yeast are subtle.
O: This was a little rough around the edges, but I liked it at first. The ginger then grew to overwhelm everything else. There really was way too much ginger. This was, sadly, an unbalanced mess.
andrewje41 (800) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour. I want to start off by saying that I love the tag line for this beer. Knowing it well ahead of time, I removed the lemon that was incorrectly placed on this glass. Nothing against lemon. I love lemon flavor, and lucky for me, this beer naturally has this flavor, along with a bunch of other spices and herbs. All mild howeve4, making this a super drinkable beer, and a good one at that. Pours a hazy light orange color with a mild herb like aroma. Finishes sweet and smooth. I’ll get this beer again. Great for when I want something light. Good stuff.
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at BevX360, Bellingham
Cloudy golden color. I rarely had a beer with such strong bread, water cracker and dough character (flavor and aroma); smooth, a bit light in the final, with light fruity touch, and very light rosemary aroma.
Strange but pretty interesting.
kemoarps (23) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice light amber, with a hint of orange to it. Small off white head disappears almost immediately. Minimal retention/lacing.
Smells of straw, as I feel hefes do, but there’s certainly some ginger and some oily orange as well.
Surprisingly decent body, the medium thickness pairs with the post-honey flavour well. The ginger isn’t as noticeable here as it was on the nose, and the orange is less the sweet oily promise of the nose and more like... dried orange peel, fairly muted.
Not a bad beer by any means, but not one that particularly stands out from the crowd. Refreshing on a hot afternoon. I’d drink it if it was offered, but won’t be seeking it out...
mikedR (1388) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Interestingly good. Base hefe notes are all there. Not getting the banana flavor I like so much with this style. What I thought first was hops is probably the ginger. An intriguingly good beer.
Duchammer (92) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle poured pale yellow with a thin white head. The aroma had a ginger and a funkiness from the honey. This beer had a nice sweet ginger heavy wheat taste. Was well carbonated very drinkable beer.
SHIG (3703) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2014
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Duchammer: Poured a hazy yellow with white head. Aroma was kinda of putting soggy cardboard. The taste was a nice sweet mellow honey with that wheat grain mix, didn’t get much ginger. A nice refreshing beer if you get past the aroma.
Bulk_Carrier (2315) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
After reading the description and deciding what glassware to use, I opted for a pint glass. I believe that will be okay.
The appearance was a nice hazy ruddy orange/brown color with a soft white one finger-ed white foamy head that quickly dissipates. No lacing is left.
The smell had a wonderful combination of wheat, honey and ginger, perfectly combined in my opinion, and actually the wheat seems a tad scaled back a bit as well.
The taste is quite revealing as there’s a nice sharp ginger flavoring coating the honey and wheat flavors. The aftertaste is super quick and somewhat ginger-ish that ends up leading to a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium. The wheat seems to draw in a slightly heavier aspect to it, but luckily, it doesn’t over do it. The carbonation seems good and there is the typical wheat bite at the end like a good APWA should have.
Overall, hey I like this one and am glad to see more Ironwood on the shelves around here. Send more, especially this one in the Summer.
maxwelldeux (3882) - Everett, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub. Pours a hazy orange-gold color with a small white head on it. Nose has a lot of citrus in there, as well as the requisite wheat elements. Taste is light and slightly sweet, with a whole lot of lemon coming off it. Not bad.