DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Chadd’s Ford. Poured deep copper with off-white head. Nose was caramel malt, mild hops. Tasted caramel malty, with hops, mild aley flavor, and some late mild fruit.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Boilermaker in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange color that’s almost brown with golden tangerine edges and a one finger, frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with grassy/soily hops countered by a sweet malt backbone. Hints of grass and pine followed by caramel, toffee and biscuit. Smells kind of bland, like an average session beer. Also, its a bit too malt forward and not very hoppy for the style.
Medium bodied with a stronger hop presence than the aroma suggests. Earthy hops with some dry piny bitterness that lingers over the sweeter malt notes into a slight dry finish. Nice hop flavor countered by biscuit, toffee, caramel and toasted nut. Well balanced but the malts don’t get in the way of the hop flavor. I was expecting much after the aroma but this is a pretty solid sessionable beer.
Goodgrief (1855) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Chadds Ford. Pour was dark amber, a little darker than I expected. Nice head and lacing. Lots of sweet caramel malt, bready and toasty notes. A bit sweet and heavy on the tongue. Not a horrible beer, but nothing really memorable, either.
pineypower (2719) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Chadd’s Ford. Pours out a dark copper color with a small white head. Aroma is of biscuity malts, caramel, and some light floral/grassy hop notes. Taste is of caramel, biscuit, light hops much the same as the aroma. Easy drinking, but not really my style.