Elwood (2900) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: can at Fire Works Leesburg. Pours a hazy reddish brown with a large tan head. The nose reminds me slightly of a flanders red with less tartness and more sweetness. The flavor is oxidized cherries, slight passion fruit, a little sweet malt up front, slight nut or dark bread notes. Light body. Okay.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
20120708 12oz can from Wine World. Clouded dark amber with lasting tan head. Aroma is twigs and berries, like the prunings from an orchard, with some soaking beans and uncrushed cherries. There’s a constant theme of anticipation with this one, like there’s something great to come just on the next sip, but it never happens. Unless you’re into the flavor of rotting tropical fruits, this one’s never happening. Dry, harsh, twiggy, and laughingly $16 for the 6 pk. I’m sure passion fruit or whatever is expensive, but this beer is an insult.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dull cereal and grain nose, some apple juice. Taste is lightly sweet moderately bitter, lots of cider, some honey, grainy malt.
GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 8, 2012
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz can from Perfect Pour. $5.50 rip off. Pours fizzy cloudy, dirty orange. No head formation or retention. Caramel and toffee nose with sweet strawberry and air freshener. Taste is bitter, buytric, buttery, lemon juice. Palate is bitter, chemical, sharp. Very poor. Bland and butyric/bile character. Abrasive chemicals.
Travlr (9809) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can courtesy of GT2, thanks! Murky amber color, small white head. Aroma of pineapple and berries. Taste is sour berries, grapefruit. I’m not sure if I’d recognize a passionfruit if someone hit me in the head with one.
notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
It’s a bit difficult to rate this beer, since I am going in knowing that this is, essentially, going to be a base beer for a Jolly Pumpkin sour - it’s tough not to go into the experience thinking, "what will this beer be like after the JP treatment?" - the aroma initially hits you with the earthy hop of grain bill of your standard american amber ale - kind of boring, and a bit "soil like" - however, what follows is some interesting tart and earthy cherry (meat, skins, pits) - the flavor is initially tart, with complex cherry character - this is followed by some toasty maltiness, leafy hop character, moderate yeastiness - hmmm - not really bad, just kind of muddled - I actually see a lot of potential for JP to make this into something great - I think Maui got the short end of the stick on this collaboration.
TheBeerGod (4901) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Copper pour with a strong, fizzy tan head. Aroma is sweet and very fruity with berries, tropical fruit and cherry juice. Taste is cherry juice, tropical fruit notes, tart berries, fruit preserves and slightly funky yeast notes. Light earthiness as well. Body is light-medium with a soft, creamy carbonation. Slightly dry during the finish as well. Ends with more cherry juice, slightly tart berries, tropical fruit, hint of cranberry, and soft yeast.
dukeredhair (241) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is nice. Aroma is passion fruit, tropical notes, bit of malt bread, and a tiny whiff of cherries. Appearance is red with a slight cloudiness and an off white head that dissipates and leave little lacing. Taste is surprisingly dry and tart with much more cherry than the nose. Palate is dry and refreshing. I’m glad I got a 6 pack of this. Good refreshing summer beer.
That1Guy (1805) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Badass can artwork. Pours an opaque reddish-brown with lots of bubbles. Cherries dominate the aroma, but not overbearing. Fruity flavor of cherries, Passion fruit, and citrus. Light and dangerously sessionable.
ben4321 (3335) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012
Location: Draft at the Brewery Tasting Room, 7/6/12
Aroma: Aroma is tart fruits (seems like those would be the cherries and passion fruit) and malts
Appearance: This one pours a cloudy reddish-beige color with a beige head
Flavor: The taste is light sweet and light-mid tart, and it is fairly fruity, much like the aroma
Palate: This one is medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel and it has a slightly tart finish
I was pretty impressed by this one. This is a very solid collaboration, and a nice example of a fruit beer. Well done here. I liked it. I’d be curious to see how it develops with a little age, and maybe I’ll get a chance, since it is probably a decent bet they’ll send some out to the East Coast with the rest of their canned beers.