egajdzis (5117) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 2003 Cask... Poured a cloudy golden color with no head though it did leave spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel apples and cinnamon. Taste was malty sweet honey with juniper and pine. Light alcohol was noticed. This was a very weak mead.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
09.15.04 750ml bottle. Light, bright, oakey gold. Fizzy white head leaves quickly. Spicey and juicey aromas of cinnamon, pepper, canned apple pie filling, sopapilla(?), rotten tomato. Body is very light and lively. There is honey, no doubt, and some lemony, appley sweetness and zing. Reminds me somehow of honey-lemon cough drops. Clean and quick finish but slightly chemical. I get the feeling that I might like this less if I was not slightly congested right now. At the price, I was disappointed.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2004 AOBF 04. Bottle. Pours a pretty mild, clear yellow, light and golden hues, with a small white head and lots of lacing. Aroma is weak, mildly sweet honey, some type of herbal influence, kind of a spring watery appeal. Starts out with a very light bodied spicy flavor (must be the chamomile) which is augmented by what tastes like light, granny smith apples. The honey starts to provide a nice smooth, almost creamy texture, but then, true to the brewery, it dies. It dies a watery, lifeless, flavorless death. I dont know what much more to say, light bodied, inoffensive, but just nothing really there. At least itís not too sweet?
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours yellow with a white head. Aroma is slightly peppery or something. Maybe fermented honey. Flavor is clean and crisp. Very drinkable, but I thought it really lacks siginificant character. To me not worth buying, but if someone brings a bottle for sampling, you cannot refuse, can you?
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yellowish in color. Clear. Lots of honey. Lots of stuff going on here. Fruity. Excellent. Champagne like.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light and clear gold color. Looks a bit like champagne. Smells a bit that way, too. Scents of pears and honey. Tastes a bit like a dryish fruit wine. Honey, apples, pears all present in the taste. Very champagne-like all around while still retaining some beer qualities.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy golden with quickly diminishing head. Flowery champagne/pear aroma. Almost cloying plasticky sweet finish. Lots of herbal honey flavor. Could've done without the chamomile. If it was a bit thicker and stronger, I think it would be more palatable.
TAR (2387) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy canary. Bubbly white ring. Decent retention. Rich, sweet honeycomb nose is bolstered by hints of perfume, flower petals, cilantro, honeydew, and apple must. Light swirls lift the doughy malts, phenols, spicy honey, and raw coconut. Firm, watery body. Stiff carbonation. Pretty bland from the get-go with bland woody malt flavors infused with light notes of perfume and herbs. Subtle diacetyl pervades throughout. Honey sweetness tries to pick up at toward the finish, only to be silenced by the bandage and herb notes. Finishes with leather, hard water, mineral, and a smidge of honey. Lingers with dough, bandage and a vague honey afterthought. Overall not worth the $13 for the bottle, as itís pretty bland overall and the near-flavorless woody malts clash with the diacetyl. Perhaps more honey sweetness would better complement their Ringwood yeast character, phenols, and herbal undertones. Much better at room temp., than cellar temp., for what itís worth. Thanks, Cougar!
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wonderful honey aroma - I almost enjoy sniffing it more than I enjoy drinking it! There's a lot of apple flavor, it's like an apple beer in a way, though there's no actual apples added. It's a dry, light, non-crisp beer that comes in a ravishing bottle that's corked and just magnificent-looking (see my pic at upper left). The honey taste is quite subdued, and the ale body is, IMHO, too light and in need of malt. Yes, the malt might overshadow the honey if Magic Hat did that, but it'd make for a better beer. Conclusion: tasty, but too light and could be maltier.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bright yellow color with a smallish white head. Apple cider aroma with initial taste of cinnamon apple oatmeal. Tasted like liquid applesauce.