ClarkVV (4223) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle upon debut, which was quite a while ago, back in 2010 or 2011??
Anywho, they really don’t make this stuff much anymore, seems like one batch every now and again? I thought this one had the most promise out of Smoke and Dagger and Hoponious Union. Bright ruby-auburn with a creamy beige head and good clarity.
Melanoidin fruitiness in the nose is light but blends well with some leafy, herbal hops and mild tangerine-orange citrus aromatics. The maltiness shows dry toffee, honey and very soft sourdough touches. Works well and is quite cohesive. Perhaps not bursting with complexity, but that’s no the point here. No flaws or alcohol.
Very soft, malty, comforting texture rolls down the throat leaving notes of honey, graham cracker and light toffee, as fruity hops give off a floral/citrus flavor and leave no little/no acidity. Beer is well-attenuated, but stlil wonderfully malty. Goes down thoughtlessly and that heavy toasty sourdough flavor I associate with munich malt never builds up on the end. Maybe the fruity hops help? Don’t know.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Had this last fall, looking forward to another batch soon. Pours a medium red, strong malt taste with lesser amount of hop to balance it out. Medium body, light sweetness, creamy with low carbonation. Easy drinking beer
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a pint bottle into a Harpoon snifter.
The color is a ruby red color with a gold tint. There is a slight wisp of off-white head with a good a good amount of carbonation.
The aroma is pretty sweet with some fruity cherry aroma in the nose. There is a slight touch of grainy flavor in the nose as well.
The taste has a candy light flavor that has a nice sweetness that is missing from some lagers but not this one. There is an ale like characteristics that is found here in the juicy fruit flavor with a cherry and grape flavor that also has the faintest crisp flavor and feel.
This beer does have a lighter crispness that is like a lager but gives off a fruit taste that punches the tongue like an ale. This beer seems to want to go places it might not be prepared to do. The is some promises as you begin to sip this that does not seem to be fulfilled.
Scrapersnbeer (1507) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown sugar malt nose, hints of grape and grass. Burnt tan color, as red as beer gets without coloring. Starchy sweetbread flavor, some not so pleasant adjunct effects here and there. Light weight body, though it’s kind of sticky. Too light for German dunkel, too heavy for American lager. What’s a guy to do?
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
interesting take on a red lager, crisp yet sweet not a lot of hops. very easy to drink maybe too easy
sailracer (439) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours a dark ruby color with minimal head. The flavor has hints of honey and cloves. Nice balance of hops and malts. A unique beer- I haven’t had anything like it. Pretty good overall.
TheBeerShopLTD (2) - - OCT 8, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Thin, lacy head, amber in color.
Smell: toasted malt, pine like citrus hops.
Taste: toasted malt, with a smooth citrus hop kick.
Mouthfeel: light body, sweet with a touch of bitterness.
Overall: This is my favorite Jack Abbey’s brew. It might not be most complex beer out there, but its a damn good one. It has all the malty notes I like in a amber ale and just enough bitterness to balance it out. When you find it, grab it!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a copper color with a light red hue. Nose is lightly nutty with sweetness and brown sugar. Palate is medium with a crisp finish. Flavors of light nuts and sticky sweetness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AdamChandler (3590) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks RadarSock. Enjoyed in a Tulip. at room temp.
A - Dark red to brown in appearance. Light head.
S - Lots of german malts, german yeast and a slight wheat scent. Very chewy smell if that even makes sense. Not big just chewy.
T - Up front burnt sugars. Middle is this very bland boring like multi-grain bread sort of taste. Finish is bitter and sweet. Some cloves and other spices.
M - 20% carbonation on the mouth swish. Medium body. Very drinkable but still chewy.
O - Meh.
radarsock (1116) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2012
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Purchased at Leary’s, Newburyport, MA. Pours a caramel color with a trim white ringed head. Smells immediately of puke, corn, pumpkin seeds and bread. Tastes of puke, corn, rice, pilsener malt and butterscotch. Ends with an odd bittersweet note resembling onions and refined sugar. Not as refreshing as I’d hoped for.