boxofrane (2143) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from wegmans. Pours hazy reddish brown with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is heavy on caramel, quite malty. The taste is very caramel malt based and overly sweet. Not for me.
jds2008 (11) - Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber in color with red twinge, cream colored very fine thick head, smooth medium mouth feel, caramel taste up front followed by hops and malt, medium strength bitter finish. Tasty but a little too bitter finish.
Sarlacc83 (806) - Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Brownish red with a circle of creme colored head. Some lacing.
N: Biscuit, pine, grapefruit, cracker, leaves. Hint of orange rind.
T: Balanced bitterness and sweetness. Clean, but not complicated.
M: Medium body, puffy carbonation, a hint of alcohol.
O: An old Portland standby that is a good lead in to heavier beers. The balancing act here is still pretty nice, and the beer is still clean and refreshing after all these years.
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Laurelwood PDX. Amber pour with a white head. Strong citrus zest aromas here. Some nice toasty, bready malt and a touch of caramel. Lots of pine and a slight herbal note, too. Flavor has a nice citric grapefruit bite. Some bitter grass and pine work well with the sweet caramel and toasted malts. Enjoyable.
hopwine (350) - Bend, Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2014 Red amber pour, good retention and lace. Spruce and honey bread nose. Flavor is orange marmalade, mild toffee, more honey bread, with mild grapefruit rind/grainy finish. Really well balanced and approachable.
bpreo (1650) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There is a chicken on the label, and with a name like Free Range, I wonder if eggs were used in the brewing process.
Koskela (290) - Marysville, California, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I get a maltieness and a very floral hop aroma from this clearish copper reddish brew with a slight off white head. Carbonation is there as is the maltieness and medium body with a bitterish aftertaste. I also get a slight nutty flavor. Good brew.
bth122 (1290) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the pour house. Clear copper color. Floral hops with bread malt and slight caramel. Taste is grains and some caramel malts. Good mouthfeel/texture. Average carbonation. Light bitter finish. A good beer.
DocLock (7913) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy ruby-copper with 2-finger khaki head. Nose is barley malt, hops, earthy. Tastes of earthy barley, resiny hops, earthy grain, mild fruit. Finishes complex and hoppy. Good balance.
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yikes, I just saw the bottling date and didn’t want to wait on this any longer. Woops to me for not watching my dates closer. The date says March 11, 2014, stamped white in bottom right corner.
Into a pint glass, it goes.
The appearance is a nice hazy amber color with a decent two finger white foamy head that lasts for a good minute and a half before it concaves gently leaving a nice somewhat thick foaminess sticking finely to the sides of the glass.
The smell had a decent amount of some bitter Northwest piney hops that end up allowing a decent amount of citrusy sweetness to enter as it warms.
The taste was mildly sweet but allows a nice bitterness to settle over my taste buds. There is a slight bittersweet hoppy aftertaste that leads to a quick dry yet sweet finish.
On the palate, this one sits about a light to medium and shows a decent sessionability about it. I will say there is a decent sharpness pounding on my tongue somewhat like an AIPA but its nothing overbearing.
Overall, this is another winner by Laurelwood and even at this old, my apologies for not reviewing this fresher.