loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice malty, apricot aroma. At first I thought this was an amber ale (I didn’t look too closely at the label). As it warmed, however, it began to get an odd bitter, nutty, sweaty flavor that did not work for me. As amber lagers go, this is not bad.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color with a dirty tan colored head. Aroma of light toffee and caramel. Quite smooth and drinkable. Light nutty malt with a touch of dry caramel. Finishes unmemorially. A light vienna in style.
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great, easy drinking lager. Had this on a business trip to Minneapolis. I remember a cherry aftertaste, but not too overwhelming.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Much better the second time around. Very drinkable with carmel notes and an udaertone of pecan. A little tinny to start but a well constructed brew.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very clear amber in color. Thin head but left a decent lacing as it went down. Some caramel and lightly roasted malts in the nose. Taste is a bit neutral and bland though. Also mouthfeel is on the thin side for a Vienna.
PorterPounder (5340) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 Rerate Had on a Northwest flight from a can this time. Not as impressed, slight funk in the aroma, thin mouthfeel, not as much caramel flavor. Light copper color.Original 3.7 Hearty, malty, rich. Deep amber color with a hint of caramel. Smooth finish.
aracauna (3032) - Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown with odd grayish head. Light hops on the nose on thick malt backbone. Taste is good malt with hint of caramel. Floral hops play in the background. Good match with pretzels; brings out the malt.
greystreet80 (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not too malty like the description says but smooth indeed. Another prime example of microbrewery success. Very good for Minnesota brewers.
beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 9, 2002
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This looks like it shouldn’t be good - the appearance is more like pop than beer. But the Iron Range lager has a rich flavor, a lot of sweetness, and a great aftertaste. THe only beer worth drinking on Northwest Airlines flights!
jennythenipper (74) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2002
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
James Page has made the jump from Homebrewing supplier to microbrewery beautifully. Their consistency is better than it was five year ago, when you were never quite sure what you’d get (rather like home brew). I’ve never been one for the red lager trend, but this one is has guts without coming off as showy.