stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours golden with a large billowing white head, becareful it may go over the top. Aroma of citrus, fruit, spices, and yeast. Flavor is sweet, smooth, spices, citrus, fruitiness. Good body, impressive beer for a style i am not a fan of.
mkgrenwel (605) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of those beers where the first sip really blows me away and takes me a second to wrap my head around. Flavors of lemon, pear, corriander and other spices. Lots of brett funk, including a nice sourness in the finish. A beer that really plays on your palate. The flavors seem to move around, come together, separate, etc. I don’t know how they do this, but it is great. Manages to be quite sweet, but also finishes dry. Nice thick coating mouthfeel, but ultimately light and airy. Not sure how either of these contradictions work, but they do. The thing that really blows me away is how fresh it tastes. Typically, a funky brett style belgian like this tastes musty and old (in good way). This one manages to stay rich and explosive. Very impressive beer.
nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma has alcohol, yeast (barnyard), malt, fruit, and spice. The appearance is deep gold with some small particles. The flavor is exactly like the aroma with plenty of pepper and citrus. The palate is smooth. It’s a must have.
Palidor19 (3145) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
a great strong belguim style by an american brewer. nice and smooth with a sweet style that over powers the palate. Fantastic
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow orange pour in a snifter. Sour, green apple lemon notes in the aroma. Very nice mix of interesting aromatics meshed with the usual barnyard characteristics typical of JP. White grape flavor similar to a sweet white wine like a Gewuerztraminer. High carbonation and a sweet, sugary body tails off into a short yeasty finish. Quite nice. I really enjoy JP!
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 oz bottle. Little bit of a gusher when I popped this guy. Poured a deep gold colored body under a constant one finger white head due to lots of vigorous visible carbonation. Aroma is fairly light with pale malt, lots of fruitiness, and a little dry yeasty scent. Nice refreshing flavor of light malt and lots of fruitiness and spicyness. The finish is lightly yeasty, rather dry, with a slightly warming finish. Just the lightest hint of some brett sneaking in on the tail end of the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with very active refreshing carbonation. Very nice beer, not as out there as I was expecting based on alot of recent forum threads concerning JP beers. Either this was a bottle from an early run, or just an extremely good batch. No crazy out-there sour/acidic flavors to speak of. Just a beautifully well crafted product.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy golden color with strings of bubbles floating up to the large off-white head. The aroma was sweet and fruity. Notes of yeast, spice (maybe clove) and banana. Sweet malty flavor. Light acidity. Touch of fruit. Semi-dry finish. Warming finish.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orange with a huge frothy, miringue like head. The aroma is sherberty, with estery yeasty notes of marmalade, lemon rinde, as well as floral hops, and a discerning funky acidity, but it is restrained. The body is light and spritzy with a refreshing level of CO2. The flavors are awefully saison like. Juicy and sweetish from the yeast but the overall affect is dry. The finish has a med. acidity, with little in the way of bitterness but it certainly is dry. Really pleasant.
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2006 750 ml bottle shared with malachi
malachi and I shared this treat at an impromptu tasting. Having seen it at Steve’s Wine Market, it seemed like a good choice. My first impression upon letting the fumes hit my olfactory senses was wheat, ripe bananas, trodden hay and honeycomb. The liquid itself was a cloudy yellow holding a one-finger head. Upon tasting it, the complex bouquet of bananas, hay, earthiness, caramel, toffee, vanilla and fresh honey combined to form a balanced sweet flavor. The alcoholic content was masked only slightly; careful attention to the aftertaste unmasked it. An excellent choice from a brewery that is fast becoming one of my favorites. Thanks malachi!
canary dog (732) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as sophisticated as the Roja, but okay in its own right. Pretty complex for a golden ale, but maybe trying too hard to be something special.