mrmartin (626) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden pour with big eggy head. Yeasty bitter, earthy Grapefruit rind nose. Dry Light body earthy musty yeast, notes of citrus. Nice dry finish. A hoppy golden ale.
Miksu (4731) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.75 l bottle. Hazy dark golden color. Sweet, tart, perfumed and spicy aroma with grapefruit and hint of yogurt. Dryish tart taste with bitter spiciness, grapefruit and citrus pith. Not bad, but yeasty bitterness is too dominant.
swoopjones (4894) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Coles JK tasting. Ever slightly murky straw colored pour. Noble hop aroma with light yeast. Dry noble hop flavor, a little bit of Belgian yeast, dry bitterness. Very drinkakable and was beer of the night until black metal
mmmkay (41) - - JUN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like the farmhouse style heavy on the hops. Really good lacing. Nice and cloudy. I was expecting a little more alcohol.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ThirstyBird (761) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy golden yellow with a tall white head. Smell is yeast, pepper, coriander, sweet light malt. Taste has the yeast and pepper thing going on plus lemon zest ending very dry and slightly bitter. Body is light and the carbonation is active.
anders37 (14720) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a longlasting off-white head. Has fruity malty spicy yeasty hoppy citrus aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty hoppy bitter flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy yeasty hoppy finish.
crajun (803) - , Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber to glass(es); nice aroma - waaay tooo many things going in aroma for me to name - all good - lot of grassy hop aroma the JK funk and some citrus.. very balanced taste - again lots of stuff going on that is well balanced - goes down easy....
Marsiblursi (2963) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours hazy deep golden with a large creamy white head. The aroma holds new cut grass, fresh herbs, sweaty/resinous wood and lemon zest/juice alongside hay and cracker-like malt. Undertones of phenols (smoke, clove and a touch of band aid), subtle yellow fruits and dough. The nose is elegant, slim and balanced. The flavour is dry, light to medium bitter and light acidic with notes of grass, herbs, wood, spices, subtle citrus, crackers, hay, bread, touch of phenols and fruits. The mouthfeel is soft, smooth and almost creamy with a near medium carbonation. Earthy/resinous/citric bitterness and slim/dry maltiness on the finish. Light to medium bodied.
_angst_ (2084) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours slightly hazy golden with a huge frothy white head that slowly dissipates while clinging to the glass and leaving some thick lacing. Smell is sweet, fruity, yeasty and funky with plums, very ripe oranges, hay, wheat crackers, cloves, orange zest, white pepper, dry soil, yeasty esters, white bread, curry leaves, cilantro, barnyard and biscuits. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour and yeasty with yeasty dough, lemon juice, plums, green grapes, dry soil, hay, curry leaves, white pepper, cloves, black pepper, barnyard, orange zest, overripe mandarin oranges, coriander and hints of silage, brett and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is smooth, round, dry, tiny tart, slightly watery and light to medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and tart with crackers, hay, dry soil, orange zest, mandarin oranges, cloves, coriander and grape zest. A worthy 1000th rating.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased from Rare Beer Club
A steady, somewhat careful nets me four fingers of foam, and then rises two fingers above the rim of the glass and is a pale tan / off-white in color. The head slowly subsides, with a varied, rocky surface and lots of thick lacing. The beer is an orange tinged, pale-amber / gold color that shows a bright, clear, yellow-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells grassy, herbal, and citrus laden; the malt intermingles quite well with the more dominant hop character. Notes of wheat crackers, dried hay, crushed pale malt come from the grain, while hints of lychee, ripe tangelo zest, Curacao orange zest touches of kumquat and some floral apricot are contributed by the hop character. The yeast character is quite present as well with a touch of mustiness, a phenolic, slightly clove-like backdrop, a hop accentuating fruitiness that leans towards melon or pears, a white pepper note, and some touches of ginger spice.
Effervescent, lively, dry, thirst quenching and bitter, but there is also a lot of floral / fruity hop character. The finish has a spiciness to it from the hops, but also from the fermentation character; slightly peppery, definitely a bit phenolic with both clove and touches of plastic, a dry ginger-like note, and perhaps a touch of earthy, somewhat musty spiciness. The malt character contributes to the perceived dryness in the finish with notes of dried hay and a lingering saltine cracker like grain note. The body of this beer is quite light, very light, but without seeming watery at all. The hop character, in addition to all the fruity / citrus notes, contributes to the dried grass / hay and herbal notes that form a large part of this beer; still there is lots of fruit character with notes of tangelo zest, bergamot, and lemon that are noticeable as oral-nasal influences to each sip. The beer is dry enough that the hop fruit character isn’t overly noticeable in the flavor alone.
This reminds me a whole lot of a hop forward Saison; in fact I would say it is almost a perfect example of a hoppy, dry, light, quaffable Saison with Citrusy-type hops. It is quite surprising that this only has Saaz and East Kent Golding hops in it, as there is a lot of fruit character to the hop notes. The fermentation profile of the three beers I have had from Jester King are all extremely similar and unifying; if you like this particular yeast profile you are going to love these beer, and I certainly do. Another knock-out beer by these guys, and I can’t wait to have more.