merc7186 (1989) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Golden Straw Hue, Passes Lots of Light, White Head, Some Lacing
S: Grainy, Resin
T: Resin, Grainy
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Drying
Overall, a very nice grainy hoppy beer.
alexsdad06 (5338) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. The aroma has citrus, sweet fruits, herbal notes and grass. It definitely pops for a 3.5% beer. The flavor has some citrus, but more grass, toasted malts, herbal notes with mild bitterness. Pretty good for a low alcohol beer. The nose was better than the flavor.
Tmoney99 (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate complex earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This a good brew.
DrSilverworm (6022) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, thanks to b3shine for sharing. Mildly hazy golden color. Good thin off-white head. Nice orange-peel spice nose. Some dots of lace. Soft, lighter smooth carbonation. Dry texture. Nice hop flavor. Hay, grass. Flavor is what you’d expect from a good dry-hopped pale ale of higher ABV. Great session ale.
b3shine (5195) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to snifter (thanks daknole). Looks good; a hazy orange with thin white lacing. Smells good too; hoppy and OUTSTANDING for a 3.5% beer. Tastes solid, but obviously not as strong as it smells. Average on the palate. A GREAT session IPA.
AirForceHops (2986) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Three Penny Taproom on 7 July 2012. Also had in bottle. (this is a lost rating from notes) Gold with amber like hues. I smell centennial hops. Taste is real amazing given the low ABV. I get grain, citrus and some grassy notes. Bitterness is on the short side. Real clean and light. I respect what the brewer did here.
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of BOLTZ7555. 22oz bomber pours clear deep gold with thin light tan head of foam. The aroma offers up rich wonderful dank hoppy goodness followed by some citrusy grapefruit. Wow, solid aroma. It took me a good 10 minutes of savoring before I took a taste. Sadly the taste couldn’t hold a candle to the aroma. It was watery thin and runs into grapefruit like hop resin bitterness and then a sort of dry mineral note into the finish. It seems a bit of body and a bit of hope flavor could round this thing out. Wait! 3.5% I see. Not so watery for such a wonderful session brew. Well done.
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just discovered that this was a low ABV brew. Given that, it changes my perception a bit. Big juicy grapefruit and orange peel whiff rises from a golden tangerine pour that had a tightly packed eggshell capped perched above. Assertive aroma. Bold. Flavor is less so with a dusty hay, grassy undertone accompanying the bright citrus. Knowing I could drink this all day long makes a difference. Not as aggressive as I anticipated seeing it was an IPA but recognizing its a low ABV beer...outstanding!
daknole (8941) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sparkling gold pour, white head. Aroma is loaded with grassy hops, come citrus peel, resin, caramel malt mixed in. Flavor is hoppy, juicy, grassy, fruity, just awesome!
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A little crisp and dry blond ale packing a lot of floral/fruity/piney hops. Both a great thirst beer and a great hop fix.
How: Tap at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier VT
The look: Cloudy yellow body topped by a medium white head with medium retention and leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: Highly aromatic nose, this bouquet of hops has more fragrance than most Double IPAs (and we’re talking about a 3.5% beer here). Very floral hops aroma with some lemongrass, pineaples and piney notes. Taste offers a surprisingly solid chewy pale malts body and obviously very little in the way of sweetness. Perfect body to support a hefty amount of hops that offer lots of aromas and only medium bitterness. A light tartness in the finish to make it even more refreshing. Dry finish that almost feel Saison-ish dry rustic. A fantastic 3.5% beer that focuses on the right things considering its low abv. It goes without saying that I’d drink gallons of this one on tap but I’m not sure I would buy bottles, freshness is the key. A great 3.5% beer, sometimes less is more, unless it is less, or maybe it is equal, or maybe too much is not enough, I don’t know, math is really hard.