GRM (2939) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle, 750 ml, savoured on November 3 2012; eye: caramel, slightly hazy, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: hops, caramel, alcohol, floral, light fruit; mouth: hops, caramel, alcohol, light fruity, alcohol warmth, finale in alcohol with presence of caramel, medium body, average carbonation, lightly sweet and bitter, lightly liqueur-like texture; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 750 ml, savourée le 3 novembre 2012; œil : caramel, très légèrement voilée, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : houblon, caramel, alcool, floral, léger fruité; bouche : houblon, caramel, alcool, floral, léger fruité, chaleur d’alcool, finale en alcool avec présence de caramel, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement sucrée et amère, texture légèrement liquoreuse; en résumé : bien
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 9/29. About 8 oz. poured into a Kostritzer pilsner glass.
A: Pours a golden amber color with medium clarity - less than I expect from a typical pils, but more than I expect from an IPA. The head is a one finger offwhite color with decent texturing and okay retention. This leaves a nice film of lacing on the glass.
S: Smells kind of sweet, with a combination of brown sugar and carapils malts. The hops try to manifest as hints of pine and grapefruit, but this is otherwise malty.
T: The front end has a nice bit of caramel and toffee sweetness, but the finish is too bitter - not in a hoppy way, but rather in an imbalanced "hey, IPA = bitterness amirite?" way. Not balanced at all, but it cuts through the spicy food I’m having along side this in a solid manner.
M: Heavy, syrupy, and hard to drink, which is a death knell for any kind of pilsner. There is a touch of dryness on the finish, but a LOT more would be appreciated. At least the carbonation is pleasant.
O: Meh. Imperial pilsners make absolutely no sense, unless they’re little more than IPAs with lager yeast. This is not that kind of brew, as its just too hard to drink. It’s acceptable enough, but I don’t care if I ever have this again.
Derek881 (999) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to sample. The beer had a cloudy, churning straw color with an average-sized creamy white head that had good retention and solid lacing, along with great cling. The beer’s aroma featured straw and grainy hops, along with light yeast and wheat, and touches of fruit, floral, and caramel notes. The beer was initially lightly sweet and a touch fruity, but becomes a bitter-sour grainy mix with notes of straw and yeast. It was a fairly dry beer with high carbonation, but was a touch thin with a light mouthfeel.
jgb9348 (4661) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very slightly hazy golden coloured body with a super, nine plus centimetre thick off-white head that fades nicely. Aroma of grass, hay, yeast, bread, alcohol, oranges and a twinge of metal. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep malty flavour with a ton of alcohol noticeable, a lot of hay, grass, herbal and barnyardie qualities with a pungent yeast kick and a little sugar at the end. Aftertaste shows a nice complex flavour, especially for the style, with perhaps too much alcohol noticeable, but some nice grassy notes and a bit of sweetness too. Overall, a nice beer and one from Magic Hat that I was actually kind of looking forward to sample. Buy and try it if you can find it, but this was the only time I saw the bottle. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 22-April-2012 for US$8.65 sampled at home in Washington on 02-October-2012.
ReggieDunlap (3030) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy orange with a medium white head. Aroma is slightly fruity with a light stonefruit note. Flavor is sweet and stonefruity with pine creeping in...sweet! Mouthfeel is full and syrupy with a stonefruit/pine bitter finish.
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice frothy big white head. Aroma of pale & pilsner malts, grains and grass. Flavor was sweet grains, herbal, grass, pilsner malts, subtle caramel and had notes of grapefruit with a very bitter finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cheap 750ml from State Line, Elkton, MD. Pour looks fairly average, deep hazy golden with a raucous carbonation. Nose is faded bready malts and what seems like hastily dumped in grass. Mouthfeel overly prickly, a touch of heat. Grainy taste everywhere, with ill-conceived hops like a bad side dish or something. Not so good.
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
75cl bottle. Medium off-white head, clear apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bread, cantaloupe, some apple, herbal. Taste is sweet, grapefruit, herbal/spicy, apple/cantaloupe, bread, some strawberry, alcohol. Medium-full body, some resin, stickiness.
ben4321 (3824) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from State Line, 7/31/12, Rating # 2300
Aroma: The nose has some fruit, pilsner malts, grass, earth, and floral notes
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a frothy white head and heavy lace
Flavor: Tastes medium-plus sweet, similar to the nose, with a light hops/light hot malt finish
Palate: It’s medium-plus bodied, has a smooth, creamy, slightly sticky feel, and finishes mildly hot and dry
I tend to be fairly unexcited by much of what I’ve tried from Magic Hat, and while this wasn’t incredible, I think it’s a top Magic Hat offering for me. You know that typical MH taste? I didn’t get much of that here, so that’s nice... While this still wasn’t a great beer, it’s good to see a generally mediocre brewery showing a little bit of improvement. That’s about as complimentary as I can get on this one.
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL corked and caged bottle. Pours clear dark gold and orange with a 3-finger frothy eggshell head that leaves some fine lacing. Aromas of sweet Pilsner malt, grass, hay, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet malt, raisin and dark molasses and fig, and sweet alcohol, with a bitter grassy finish. Medium carbonation and body. Pretty good.