kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light copper with a lasting light beige head of mixed size bubbles. Sweet malty, lightly toasty, with a hint of roast malt; very faint hop aroma and a light diacetyl. Malty sweet from start into the finish and very well balanced. Although there is a very light hop flavor in the aftertaste, but actually finishes a little on the dry side. Caramel and light roast flavor round out mid palate and has very little fruitiness; overall pretty clean. Lighter bodied but not watery, smooth mouthfeel with appropriately subdued carbonation. Very smooth and drinkable. Nice version of an English brown making this a very fine session ale.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Going back through my notes this was more of a malty pale ale than a brown. I wish I could remember it better but mabe that says something about the beer.
MaBeer1972 (1218) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This one is pretty boring, especially for a Brown Ale. The color is reddish-brown, but on the clear side. The flavor is indeed mild, but I wouldn't waste my time trying to track this one down again. Stick to Newcastle if mild browns are what you crave.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden orange colour(should be darker for this style). Thinnish palate, malt balanced. Sweet chocolate flavour. OK, but it is not very robust, nor complex.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I would call this Brown Ale Light. Clear brown body, palate is medium but sometimes watery. Sweet nutty malts that finish sour. More hops than expected. This was a good one to drink with grilled turkey sausage.
chronictonic (463) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very bland. I would never have guessed it was a brown ale. Completely non-descript. Seems like it's made for someone who wants to 'think' they're drinking a really good micro, but normally drinks crap. Non-offensive, but also horribly non-descript.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a dark amber color with some carbonation and light malt smell. Taste is somewhat watery malt and an bitter finish. Overall not to goood of a beer due to the watery flavor odd bitter finish.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color is a dirty cloud of brownish orange hue with a one finger high head of thinnish bone white froth that fades to a fine skim always present and leaves whispy strings and sheets of lace. Smell is a barely there slight sweet malt, a bit musty, nearly undetectable. Taste is a bit empty in front of very thin malts and goes no where until some uneven hoppy bitterness thats a tad harsh hits towards the end. Its not watery, it just doesn't offer much flavor really. Feel isn't bad actually, seems to favor a close mediumness, the only thing is its short lived. A very plain and ordinary tastin' beer IMO.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very interesting beer. Not a typical brown ale. Fairly rich flavor without being heavy with a nice touch of sour bitterness. Sweet finish. I found this ale to be very tasty and am surprised at the rather cool reception it has received.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Heading up to camp deep in the Maine woods, i thought this would be a perfect beer to bring. The label showed a picture of a hiker standing on a trail in the dark next to a sign that said "Long Trail: 270 Miles". this kinda confused me, because it's kinda stupid to be hiking in the dark. i was thinking, "um, shouldn't that hiker have set up camp yet? is he lost?" i was concerned. maybe he was hiking all through the night to traverse the 270 miles to Long Trail to get some of this beer. then i tasted it and i realized that the hiker was trying to run far, far away from this beer. it was pretty watery and stunningly blandy in it's averageness. even though a friend had brought a 12-pack of this beer, i only had one and shied away from it for the rest of the night.