ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, amber-tan body with a frothed, beige head. Coating lace sheets on the descent.
Smell: Toasted biscuits, a very slight edge of roastiness, with some sweetish toffee hints, bits of dried herbs, spice, and aromatic dried tangerine peel.
Taste: Sweet, toffee-accented, lightly bready, toasty pale malts. Very low roasted tone. Herbal, spicy English hops, but the Amarillo gives a little, light grassy, orange hints and extra added bite. Medium-light bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering orange/tangerine citrus taste (particularly as it warms a tad).
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: Though opting to use ingredients a little less than tradition, I still thought it was pleasant enough, serving well for an after-work beer. Hell, I’ll take it over a snoozer like Smithwick’s any damn day of the week.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is hoppy with soapy hops and roasted malt. The appearance is amber with a large head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a so so beer.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, Total Wine, Alpharetta. Deep ruby, thick light tan foam. Aroma of hops. Nicely dry hopped with Amarillo hops. Sweet caramel, well balanced with earthy hops. Finishes with a floral bitterness, West Coast style. Very nicely hopped, a pleasant surprise in comparison to most Irish Ales and their butter character. (3295)
maxwelldeux (4348) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a tinge of red and a thick white frothy head. Nice hoppy bitter nose to this. I get some grains to bot the nose and taste of this. I quite like it.
SSSteve (4006) - - JUN 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. clear orange/amber with a large, fluffy, white head. nose is a mix of lemon, peppery hops, and floral hops all blended with mild toasted malt nose. flavor has caramel and toasted malt flavors with the mix of floral and citrus. light astringency. i love amarillo, but something is adding to that bitterness that i don’t care for.
smith4498 (3551) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear amber color with tan head. Aromas of toasted malts and bread with some earthiness. Sweet caramel flavor with some toasted malts, and bread. Slightly nutty and earthy. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
alexanderj (3539) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap; poured an orange color with a big frothy head. Aroma of caramel, earth, biscuit, vegetable and fruit. Flavor had a bit of hops for the style; earthy and caramel. A bit of alcohol. Pretty good, but not a huge fan of Irish ales.
SpringsLicker (3456) - Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light copper body with a thin white head,.
The aroma is earthy hops over a light malt base.
The flavor is pretty simple but well balanced between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, purchased at Bottle Barn. (I remember really digging this beer on draft when Jeremy (brewer) was visiting TAPS Petaluma; didn’t bother to rate the draft version at the time.) Pours a medium, amber-brown color with high clarity; creamy, fine-bubbled white head with modest retention and nice lacing. Aroma presents, seemingly, a whole bunch of Maris Otter-like malt character (biscuity, light buttery caramel), along with some fruitiness and a very quiet hop aroma; malt-driven, and a fine showcase of British malts. Medium body; medium-high CO2; a nice, endearing mouthfeel overall (the draft version was like silk). Lots of toasty, biscuity British malts first and foremost (with hints of butterscotch and caramel on the periphery); while the mentioned Amarillo additions don’t really play out very prominently, the hop presence is quite smooth, with some orange and citrus flavor quietly popping up; very light red fruit notes; ultimately a crisp, solidly drinkable showcase of British malts with a light accompaniment of American hops. I could go for a more forceful display of Amarillo... but I always could. Medium-length finish of toasty and biscuity malts, with hints of an orange and mineral bitterness; nicely dry at the far end.
Palidor19 (3164) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
while it has a nice mouthfeel and looks very good it lacks any real potential to making it really special. there is too much astringency with both malt and hops. the is hardly any redeeming qualities to it.