HonkeyBra (3060) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Draft at the GTMW 2011. Dark amber pour with an off-white head. Aroma of apparent sourness, hay, wheat, some vinegar. Notes of funk and apparent brett. Some fruit notes, citrus, pear, green apples. Flavor is moderately sour, mild sweet notes, nice tartness. Dry bretty flavor with some fruity sourness. Mild vinegar, straw, grass, mild sweetness. Pretty nice. Slick mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Pretty cool sour base.
Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GTMW (2011)
I really regret not trying the other fruit infused versions of this after sampling the original. An amazing sour it was the perfect antidote to a string of similar tasting samples. Tart and arid like the desert air at midday it nips at the throat. Without feeling acidic it leaves a light aftertaste which almost made me want to jump back in line for more. Sadly other taps beckoned. If this ever goes on at the brewpub I may just have to make a trip to the area.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Great Taste of the Midwest 2011 (Madison, WI). Pours a nice glowing dark amber pour, frothy whitish decent sized film head laces ok. Aromas are funky, fruity, touches of pear and cheese, dry dusty brett, cobwebs. Some bread dough, pale malts, and straw, grass. Initial is lighter end of medium with dry straw, dusty brett, touches of lemon, sour apples, and dry dusty brett. Finish is crisp fruit, dry brett, some grass and straw. Backend offers dryness, decent to light sourness. Pretty quaffable, a bit dry and the funkiness grows on the palate. Earthy and barnyardy sour. A bit less complex than I hoped for or as rich. Still, nice.
Drake (7836) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draft at GTMW 2011. Pours a clear amber color with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Tart aroma with faint earth and musty notes. The taste is sweet malts, tart finish and faint fruitiness. Medium bodied.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
MiBG Summer Fest 2011. "play in the hay straight". loved this series...insanely refreshing on that nasty muggy day in ypsilanti. medium reddish brown pour with no head. mostly sour and oaky, with subtle sweetness in the finish. black cherry comes out pretty nicely in the aroma and flavor. simple, but nice
flatmatt (1012) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at MBGSF 2011 as "Play in the Hay Straight." Pours a lightly cloudy amber with an off-white head. Sour aroma, light sour cherries. Flavor tastes "dark," toffee, cocoa, has significant sour cherry flavors. Pretty interesting.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy iced tea colored pour with no head. Very murky and clearly very little, if any, filtering has been done to this beer. There is a overall dry, grainy hay malt quality with notes of apple cider vinegar, some caramel like sweetness, various light fruit notes and a moderate tartness on the finish with subtle hints of cherry. The body is crisp with a medium mouthfeel and effervescent carbonation.