ladyhops (34) - - NOV 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís ok, not too fantastic but a smooth brew that I liked with my Asian dish I made at home. It was not too spicy, and the blonde ale aspect of it was mostly apparent in how unremarkable the flavor was.
crowderm (367) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not sure what all the low ratings are about. Nice golden pour with a solid white head. Aroma was fruitier than expected - mostly apricots and honey. Flavor is similar. I donít get too much from the added spices, but the same fruitiness from the aroma comes through nicely. My one complaint is that the finish is a little messy, but otherwise good beer, and very sessionable.
Trev (1663) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Draught at Valley Tap House.
Gold pour with thin head. Mown hay, earthy.
Flavour is muted earthy, light fruitiness. Overall very bland.
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drpimento (1936) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I guess itís ok. Poured at a good temperature with aggression for a small, off-white head that soon settled to none and no lace. Color is a clear yellow and some small bubble trails. Aroma is a very mild beery, hint of fruit and malt. Flavorís like nose, a bit more malty and fruity along with some carbonic tang and a tad bitter. I donít notice any spice. Body is good while carbonation a little flat. Finish is like flavor. Fairly forgettable and of average length although thereís strangely a little booziness.
Ericular (230) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours hazy yellow. Aroma is sweet, yeasty, banana, just a hint of hops. Taste is gone before you have a chance to figure it out. Palate is pretty thin and watery. Very bland and boring.
khoffman43 (851) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Can. Pours gold with a little head. Aroma is spices and the flavor is not very good.
crossovert (4567) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty standard brew here. The spices really seem to dominate everything about it.
felsenpils (57) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
6 pack of 16 oz cans for $9.49. Somewhat hazy golden ale. Thick mouthfeel indicates the use of a high percentage of caramel malts. Hops are restrained. "Blond ale brewed with spices"? Not really getting any spice notes here. Drinkable enough, but not something to seek out. Not sure why they put their "crossover" beer (to introduce the macro beer drinker to micro beer) in a can first. If they have caught the Surly bug, then why not package the Shining Dawn first? Pretty good beer at a decent price, but I am not sure how much of it they will sell after the initial introductory boom is over.
timfoolery (885) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Can as an extra. Aroma and flavor were slightly spiced blonde ale. Not too much else, except a very slight bitterness. Carb was good. Refreshing, lawnmower beer.
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thome50 (578) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can via kbutler1, thanks Kevin! Pours a hazy straw yellow with frothy white head. Aroma is funky, cheese and some barnyard with a bit of banana mixed in. Taste is subdued with a bit of hef wheat and a mild belgian kick at the end. Overall, enjoyable and easy drinking which is rad for a beer that could be consumed from a can while camping. (Probably got bumped up a % point based on being from a can.)