Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye.
Clear golden body with some white head. Aromas of bready malt and dirt. Flavor is quite bitter with more bread and some citrus.
Lagunitasfan (1309) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewery. Light golden amber with almost a tint of green highlights/essence. Dense white head and thick sticky lace. Nose is very light yeasty malt high. Taste is clean sweet up front to roast/burnt malt out back. Long lingering bitter malt. Hints of honey and hay get run over quickly.
Ratman197 (8474) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a clear golden amber with a lasting creamy white head. Aromas of biscuit, citrus and floral notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of biscuit, light citrus and light floral notes with a smooth finish
onceblind (3190) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2011. Clear medium gold with a frothy medium white head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel and toffee, and a soft floral citric hop tone. Taste was extremely balanced and fruity and complex. Really big body without too much booziness. Pretty hoppy with citrus and floral hops, with balancing toffee sweetness. Pretty swell!
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Citrus hops aroma and taste with a candy orange flavor.
thirdeye11 (5338) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clearish gold with a soapy white bubbles head. Nose of bread, rosemary. Taste of grapefruit, bitter citrus oils, bready, and a bitter linger.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer witha cream colored head. Dust and grapefruit aroma with light herbal notes. Grapefruit and light dusty flavor. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and malt lingers with herbal notes and light mint.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle… Mildly hazed orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. The bouquet furnishes both American biscuit and English tea biscuit layered upon a flimsy foundation of peach and apricot. Medium-bodied with biting carbonation. The flavor gives a nod toward the sweet side of balance, but also presents some nice, fruity, flavorful hops and biscuity malt. The finish is bittersweet with light bitterness hanging around a good, long while. Bottle courtesy of giarcsr!
burg326 (2715) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 Ounce bottle courtesy of JohnCoctosin that pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. Has an aroma of malt, citrus, andd caramel. Flavors match the aroma and a decent pale ale.
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Whispering Willows Liquor: Created a small but firm layer of foam head while the liquid appeared as a dense golden honey hue. In the nose, there is a sweet aroma of grained malts and that undeniable scent of yeast used during the dough process of making bread. However, there is a scent of alcohol and the smell in general of this beer reminds me a lot of a home made beer. As for the taste, not a whole lot of flavors I care for, but instead a pungent flavor of an overly hoppy pale ale/IPA that has gone bad from a couple of years on the shelf. You guys all know what I’m talking about, right? Seriously, that’s what it tastes like to me which sends me a signal that the brewers at Manzanita didn’t spend much time rounding out the recipe with a whole lot of testing and further experimentation. Now, the palate is fine and no complaints there, but there is an unpleasant aftertaste as if I just took some funky liquefied medicine such as Nyquil or cough syrup. No where near being close to standard pale ale and its actually quite surprising that this came out of San Diego County considering the overall reputation of the counties other brewers. One small note, a bottle of this was only $3.59, so some appreciation to them for that. Hopefully people will buy stuff like this instead of 22oz. of Heineken or Newcastle since this is just about the same price—if not cheaper.