kramer (5322) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy gold body with a small fizzy white heavy that falls to a small wispy film. The nose is pretty bright and clean with some nice floral hops and a bit of bready malt. The flavor I pretty clean and crisp as well. This is probably the best Kona beer I’ve had. Nice light floral hoppiness with a touch of citrus. Finishes clean and begs you to take another gulp. Light bodied but not watery in the slightest. Very nice beer.
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, clear yellow pour with white head, aroma has notes of grain, biscuit, bread, hints of earth, slight husk, hints of sweet cracker. Taste is a mix of sweet grain, biscuit, earth, some grass, grainy and husky notes, slight vanilla and honey, cracker, finishing sweet. Not much going on, but decent.
Barreras (1166) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a golden yellow color with aroma of corn malt. A clean tasting beer with a slight metallic tickle on the tongue. A simple refreshing beer good for a hot day.
brenn79 (1665) - Idaho, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, thanks Poisoneddwarf- Pours slightly hazy golden with a one finger head that wants to stick around. The aroma is strong citrusy grapefruit, tropical fruits, melon, love it. The taste has the tropical fruit taste, but it also has a grainy bland taste, why can’t the taste match that aroma. Body is fairly light, and carbonation is fairly high. Overall very good for a golden, not bad at all.
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap@Kona Bud Brewing. Clear pale piss color with white head. Faint grainy pale malt, floral aromas. Light body. Decent lightly sweet honey biscuit flavors with subtle floral hoppage--
DruncanVeasey (7423) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Plastic cup in the lot of Big Save, Hanalei, hiding from a passing cop having snapped the neck off the bottle on a bollard trying to prise it open. Bright streaming gold with a low persistent head. Enticing, slightly leafy hop nose with passion fruit hints. Light passion fruit and lychee hop; hints of nettles, dunked biscuit malts. Tasty, decidedly new wave English TPA in style...prefer it to Big Swell.
poisoneddwarf (1865) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from a six pack bought at Super 1 in Rathdrum, ID. Pours a slightly hazy deep gold under a nice-sized off-white head with good retention; leaves some lace. Nice hoppy nose for an American golden ale. It’s citrusy, tropical and catboxy like a decent APA or IPA. Taste, also, is more in line with an APA than your average golden ale. This must be a new trend, making these golden ales more hoppy. I like it. I remember the days (not so long ago) when a brewer’s golden ale was the dullest creation in their repertoire, with hops being very neglible. The most recent examples I’ve had are definitely more interesting than the old guard.
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Out of the bottle from Uptown. Pours golden with a head that disappears quickly. Slightly hoppy smell, but a little off at the same time. Pretty solid taste for a cheaper beer.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a clear pale gold with a small white head. Oddly fruity nose with slightly herbal hop notes. Maybe a little pineapple and grapefruit in there. A touch of graininess too. The flavor follows the nose almost perfectly. Light in body with average carbonation. Easy drinking summer fare. Remind me a little of Summer Love.
fluffy (1893) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2012
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
honestly a solid middle of the road blond ale. not exciting but decent and refreshing enough to possibly be a gateway beer for megabrew swillers.