GarrettB (895) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
December 11th, 2011 - With breweries popping up around the country like so many mushroom caps after a rainy it’s hard not to have a local brewery close to home. True, like mushrooms, they tend to cluster. But even the cultural wastes of suburbia have their own breweries, including Lone Tree, serviced by the quaint Lone Tree Brewing. It reminds me a lot of Dry Dock. Their facilities are wedged into a faceless, generic office park, neighbors to a computer repair office, itself tucked into a pocket of commercial space near an old suburban neighborhood. On my first tour there back in December, 2011 the brewmasters there appeared to be focused on their main line-up, including all the classic styles a brewer thinks he might need in order to make some early market gains and sales. Thus, I began with Lone Tree Brewing’s Hefeweizen. It’s inscrutable thickness, almost like a honeyed yogurt, slowly recedes from the glass to produce a wave-patterned head atop the brew. A spritz of lemon greets the nose, alongside the more acidic and acerbic sweetness of lime, and an aromatic base of mineral water. A sip reveals a tangy brew - more lemon and lime sweetness, an (likely) accidental glistening taste of butter and a light wheat flavor all served on a medium carbonation with a medium long aftertaste. It’s nothing worth breaking out the hymns and praises for, but it’s a solid offering, and does good work with the citrus flavor blend.
sonnycheeba (2918) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours cloudy, pale yellow with thin, creamy white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is banana, cloves, cereal malt, lemon, floral hops, and and faint pear. Flavor is malt forward with good supporting fruit esters and faint hops; crisp, dry finish. Light body, medium carbonation, and low warmth.
Ratman197 (8822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Lone Tree poured a cloudy yellow with a small lasdting white head. Aromas of wheat, yeast, bubblegum, banana, clove and citrus. Palae was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish. Flavors of wheat, yeast, bubblegum, light banana, light clove and citrus with a smooth lingering citrus finish.
NielsenRatings (8071) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Tap @ brewery. Cloudy, light banana yellow appearance with a white head. Spicy clove, bubblegum, yeasty, wheat malty aroma. Fairly sweet, banana/clove flavor at the beginning and leads to a soapy, peppery finish. A little bit of citrusy tartness. Ok.
BeerandBlues2 (8978) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours hazy straw yellow with a medium, fizzy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is tart citrus and herbal hops with straw and wheat malt. Flavor is malty with light bubble gum, tart citrus, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Light body, warmth and carbonation.
notalush (4572) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very tart, semi-dry hefe, with strong banana overtones and light touches of peppery character - some sweet notes of apple and a slight bready character through the middle, but it starts tart and ends slightly sweet (vanilla) and spicy (pepper) - a good start, but needs more umpf to hold up to the German examples.
onceblind (3529) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy light gold with a laceful thin head. Nice aroma of bubblegum and clove, wheat, perhaps a little bit of peppery rye as well. Nice smooth wheaty flavor that doesn’t go too far into the bubblegum, thankfully. Nice clove and yeast notes, smooth flavorful body. Tastes pretty textbook.
arminjewell (5555) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is very hazy straw yellow with big fluffy white head, at the brewery, nice looking. Aroma is sweet pear, banana, bubblegum, peach notes, hints of earth but no spice. Taste is sweet biscuit, pear and apricot going into banana and slight spice, finishing fairly sweet. Pretty good, needs a bit more spice to get it really up there.