j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor on our way to RBSG. Pours a hazed golden yellow with no head. Light funk, soft and sweet. Lightly tart with some rough earthy hops. Lingering long tannic bitterness with some quinine notes. Interesting.
KyotoLefty (5787) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 31, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice, lemony citrus aroma, but with a medicinal underpinning. The flavor is almost repugnant. Medicinal, rubbing alcohol. Really doesnít work, though I guess it might be ok for a gluten free.
puzzl (3231) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Ann Arbor. Has as odd graininess Iíve noticed in the other gluten free beers here. Some fresh PNW hops. Koji. Mixed of grain mush flavor, really not my thing. Bitterness in the finish. I canít get over the "gluten free" stuff here.
Beerman6686 (3734) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2010
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
This poured a hazy dark yellow with a white head. Aroma was loads of alcohol, like watered down moonshine and nothing else. Flavor was like watered down moonshine too. not really sure what this was uspposed to be but whatever it was, it was way off.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the cafe. Golden, decent head, clings a tad. Aroma is all over the place hints of citrus with tons of spicy notes? Canít really pinpoint, but not digging it. Flavor much the same, decent citrus character, unappealing yeast esters and tons of soap. Just not my thing.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Ann Arbor brewpub. Cloudy yellow pour with a small white head. Aroma was lightly spicy, a little Belgian funk and some odd floral metallic notes. Flavor was similar. The beer didnít quite ring true and had some off flavors. Not great.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2010
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sample at the Jolly Pumpkin Cafe in Ann Arbor. Pours clear gold with no head. Aroma of soap and messy hops. Flavor is of apple and soap. Blech!
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
When i saw that JP had a gluten free beer I was pretty excited. After all, if anybody can make a good gluten free beer it would be them. But this fell pretty short for me. Had a good dose of hops, aroma was full of citrus hops. Taste was super sharp and pungent bitter hops, picked up some spice and the finish was super dry. Respect the effort here, but this was for sure my least favorite of the night. Although their pizza and other awesome beers more than made up for it.
flatmatt (1012) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Jolly Pumpkin Ann Arbor. Pours golden with a white head. Citrus and floral hop aromas. Flavor is very floral hops with citrus as well as some yeasty flavors, dry, with a soapy quality. Also some woody oak and grainy flavors. This one just didnít work well for me. I can taste the makings of a great IPA, but the other flavors get in the way.
BigBeer45 (1199) - Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the AA Cafť, served in a large tulip, similar to the Duvel glass,
the Manatee looked to be a light hazy bronze-gold with a foamy, bubbly off-while head, and had decent effervescence,
there were aromas of citrus hops, orange, peach, light herbs and floral scents,
flavors of citrus hops and floral-herb hints, I thought I tasted a light Pale malt but this beer has no malt,
big hop bite at the finish with little tingles and dryness on the tongue,
mouth feel was light on the palate,
interesting beer, I did not realize that this was a gluten free beer until after I ordered and was looking over the details of this beer,
this is my only Gluten Free beer so far and given how much I enjoyed this beer I may be more open to trying this type of beer, for anyone who has to follow a gluten free diet you are in luck, this beer will really treat your palate to a delightful experience, even if you are not on a gluten free diet, I recommend trying this beer.