Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of grass and bitter hops. Amber color with off white head. Flavor was bitter at first but ended up with a sweet malty flavor. Ok on the palate.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy aroma with some sweet malty notes. Amber with a lazy, bubbly white head. Sweet bready malt fore followed quickly by a dose of hops. Pine bitterness in the aftertaste. Caramel and candy sugar stand out. Nice sipping beer.
joergen (25643) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet aroma of caramel and malts with notes of hops, pine needles and spices.
Flavour of malts, caramel, hops, herbs and pine needles.
Crockett (1076) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper with a short tawny head. Sweet raisins and piles of cereal and ample malts. Hops are plain. Drinkable but not a memorable beer.
Padron4KM (792) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle.
Pours out clear dark copper color with a thick fluffy head.
Aroma is caramel, some bready aromas and some light hops.
Body is kind of thin
Flavor is lightly sweeet, with some caramel flavors finished of with some piney/resinous hops.
Good enough to drink more than one, but I wouldn’t go out searching for one.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear and light brown with a thin head. Strong malt aroma with some honey, coffee and floral hops. Nice body. Creamy mouthfeel with big malt flavor and balacing hops. Clean finish. Nice ale.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a nice dark read amber with a thick heavy white head and sticky lacing.
Crisp malt and hops aroma with a nice hops, citrus and hop flavor.
Alcohol is well hidden and makes for a great refreshing beer.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pre-Rita. Pours a thick and inviting orange. Aroma is spikey, with the hops jabbing into your nose like a steak knife. Flavor is citrusy, rounded out by sour hops. I’m detecting a bit of malt, but it’s so well hidden (like the alcohol) that unless you’re looking for it, you won’t findi it.
A fine beer. I’d have another.
GregClow (3115) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught sample at O’Brien’s, San Diego. Tea-like amber colour. Aroma is milder than expected, but quite fresh, with leafy hops and caramel malts. Flavour has similar characteristics, and is quite well balanced. Really hides that 7.7% - good thing I only had a small sample, as it went down very quickly.
EKGoldings (629) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Superb beer hides its alcohol behind a smooth and polished flavor. Excellent balance between hop aroma, bitterness, malt and sweetness. Really an excellent session beer, although at 7.7 you better sip slowly ... I wish I could get this on tap.
Well, they dropped the alcohol content on this from 7.7 to 5.9. Nowhere near as tasty a beer now .. rerate for current recipe :-(.