superspak (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got in a BIF from ZebraCakez. 22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled in 11/2014. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel, light pear/apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel, light pear/apple, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light amount herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of toast, biscuit, nuttiness, light caramel, floral, grass, light pine, light pear/apple, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very good altbier style. All around good robustness and balance of bready malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This is hoppy for an altbier, but the flavors were very much what I expected for the style. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Travlr (14676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber color, off white head. Aroma of light fruit, cookie dough. Taste has caramel, fruit.
PorterPounder (5935) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Miramar Beach, Fl - Chan’s Wine World - 22 oz bottle. Slightly hazy, medium copper pour, bubbly white head, Dusty aroma, heavy hints of yeast and dates, evident it has been sitting on the shelf too long. Flavor has much of the same qualities with the same dull yeastiness, some date-like fruitiness, very cloying. Mouthfeel has a dullness to it. May have been ok in its prime and I usually do not rate beers that are spoiled but this brewer does not put a best by date....going to rate it - not the retailer’s fault.
rjplumer (591) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild pine hop aroma. Burnt hazy Some bitterness with copper color with an off-what head. Some bitterness that fades to a simple finish. Mild sweetness in the background. Has some body to it but has a refreshing feel to it at the same time. This would be a good starter craft beer as it’s not too complex or overwhelming. I’d drink this one again.
scarletfire65 (1057) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber at home. Aroma is sweet malt with a noticeable acetone note. Flavors of brown sugar and fruity, piney hops. A bit astringent. A faint strawberry fruitiness in the far finish. Well balanced and easy drinking, but not really memorable.
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A fairly mild beer, it left me saying " I think we need a bigger boat of flavor." The hops were subtle, and would gradually build, but all in all not one I would go back to for a second tasting.
Tmoney99 (11560) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with name Buzzards Bay. Poured clear pale copper color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate earthy aroma. Medium body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable brew that met my expectations.
mcclainc50 (217) - New York, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice golden color with a light head leaving no lacing. Very little aroma slight fruit aroma. Very light tasting beer with a little hoppiness in the middle. Not a bad one, but not at the top of my list.
mtdewa1 (441) - rome, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep gold pour, little head. Citrus to the nose. Taste of hoppy water. Very light easy to drink. Somewhat bland. Ok at best.
Brandabar (1) - - JUL 22, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thoroughly drinkable with a nice body, though thin carbonation. Hops emerge slowly, creating a mellow effect. A pint seems about the right size.
I’d seek this out if fresh and local. Otherwise, there’s nothing too distinctive here, but certainly a safe enough choice regardless.