FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Original review date 5/13/2009...
Purchased at Jasper’s in Nashua a few weeks ago. Into a Smutty pint glass it goes...
Pours a wheaty, light honeyish blonde color with ample carbonation. A fair amount of viscosity is noted after a vigorous pour yields only about 1/2 finger of bubbly head. It goes quickly and yields some gelationous yeasty wisps. Definite viscosity going down here. Carbonation is plentiful and powers its way up this thick pint.
I’m getting a lot of hop silage on here. Maybe a little raw grain but the silage could be a little Saaz or maybe a blast of Hallertau. Slight skunk here and maybe a touch of honey. Huh.
Well, this is interesting. Slight honey-thick booze. A bit of the skunk and said silage. Underpinning this, however is a pleasant raw stewy grain texture. Unpleasantness fortunately dissipates quickly. The booze and honey sweetness mask a few imperfections here, but it’s still enjoyable for a style I really don’t frequent too much.
Palate feel has a decent amount of that Saaz-ish hoppiness and stewiness. Copious sweetness and a kick of booze add to the very light malty heft. Finish is ummm...burp-inducing. Not so much from carbonation but from the nice kick of hops and extra amount of booze and sweetness.
This one’ll play. I enjoy seeing new local outfits put out a solid product. Maybe not spectacular and not something I’ll seek out constantly, but when I’m getting my sled maintained up in Nashua every couple of months I’ll stop into Jasper’s, pick up some brewing stuff and also a bomber from these dudes. A little clean-up to be done but this is a hefty late spring/early summer offering.
johnnnniee (1826) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Random stop at the beer store today and I found this new brew, new brewery. 12/30/2008
Pours a bright golden with a good sized creamy off white head that sticks around for a while. Smells of fruit and corn, maybe a slight diacetyl. Grainy and malty nose. Kind of like a macro lager only a little better. Tastes of grainy malt, a little skunk, light caramel in the background. I can’t find any hops in the taste or smell. Body is medium to thin, Mouthfeel is grainy/creamy, carbonation is crisp. Decent brew, kind of like a kicked up macro lager. I would have loved more cream in the mouth or a bit more body, but its good the way it is. I could see a few of these on a warm summer afternoon.
GRM (2697) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, drank with Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savoured on October 2 2010; eye: caramel, hazy, no effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head; nose: malt, caramel, resinous hops, light yeast; mouth: malt, caramel, resinous hops, light yeast, alcohol, light orange, finale in malt with presence of hops-alcohol, light astringency, medium body, good carbonation, lightly silky texture; overall: quite good
Bouteille, 1 pinte 6 onces, bue avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 2 octobre 2010; œil : caramel, trouble, pas d’effervescence, petite couverture de mousse beige; nez : malt, caramel, houblon résineux, léger levure; bouche : malt, caramel, houblon résineux, léger levure, alcool, léger orange, finale maltée avec présence de houblon-alcool, légère astringence, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, texture légèrement soyeuse; en résumé : bien bon
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy dark amber ale with floaties, and with a thick moka head. A nice aroma of caramel malt, mash tun, and loads of German hops. In mouth, a malt bomb with loads of toasted malts, well balanced, with nice pinhey hops, very smooth, light doughyness, very good overall. Tasted with GRM late Sept. 2010.
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased from Epping Meats and Marketplace. Pours a cloudy gold with a big white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Medium bodied, lightly fizzy. Just a hint of a bitter aftertaste. Overall, not bad. I hadn’t heard great things about this brewer but based on this I will try their other offerings.
mcox90 (1374) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with a thin, receding, white cap. Aroma is doughy with a faint citrus background. Moderate in body with ample carbonation. Flavor is bread and butter with honey with a touch of lemon. Hops are there, but well hidden. To well. Ok brew, nothing special.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep blonde-golden pour with a thin white head. Lots and lots of suspended yeast in here. Sweet and honeyish with loads of pale malt character. A little bit doughy without much in the way of balancing hops. Meh – can’t say I’m a fan of this one.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bomber bottle from Charles Street Liquors, Boston MA. Hazy gold colour. No head to speak of. Mainly bready malt aroma. Reasonable balance of grainy malt and spicy hops on the palate. Quite fat and slick mouthfeel. Some residual sweetness make the texture feel a touch syrupy. Don’t know what the ABV but I definitely found a bit of a burn in the afterglow. In fact the alcohol heat lingers quite a while. I would have liked a bit more depth of flavour and complexity to carry and counterbalance the alcohol. Not really my type of beer but OK for what it is.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber purchased at Barb’s Beer Emporium in Concord. Pours a just slightly hazy light yellow body with a thin film of white-ish head. Smells bready with hints at lemon and grassy hops. Tastes sweet and bready, with lemon, pine, pith, and a slight graininess. Clean finish. Light in body with ample effervescent carbonation. While American Blonde isn’t anywhere near the top of my list of favorite styles, I can honestly say that I cannot remember having tried a better example of the style - tasty, balanced, drinkable, and refreshing, with no perceivable flaws, I think I just found my new go-to summer beer.
thornecb (3977) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber into a shaker. Bright white head with excellent retention. Alcohol and toasted malt aromas. Sweet caramel upfront turning to alcohol soaked marshmallows and coconut.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Sweet, toasted bread flavors create a portly mouthfeel that is almost balanced out by herbal hops in the finish, building a cohesive, but perhaps malt-heavy lager.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the cloudy honeyed blond.
-The sweet bread is very much reminiscent of French toast.
-A light alcohol presence adds body and complexity.
-The hops could have been helpful in the aroma, but they’re mostly present in the end.
-This is rather drinkable, yet you know it’s far from 5% abv.