VTHopHead (1503) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours a very dark brown/amber with a foamy light tan head. Aroma is of citrus/grapefruit hops and some malty sweetness. Floral hints as well. Flavor is definitely full of hops; both citrus/grapefruit and quite floral. Good amount of hop bitterness along with some hop sweetness, particularly in the finish. Finish is fairly long and full of floral hoppiness. Good stuff...
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very malty, and yes, citrusy, and at the end of the long flavor was a wonderful flower petal sweet bitterness a little like the pale ale from Tuckermans. Very good. Thanks, Barry. I really think McNeills is underrated on this site, even if they crack the top 50 they would still be.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber in color with a small off-white head. Toasted malty and earthy hop aroma with a touch of grapefruit and tangerines. Citrus hop flavor with a mild toasted malt character.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber color with smallish light head. Definate grapefruit aroma. Taste right up front has a nice hoppy bitterness to it (which I love about McNeills beers). This Amber is a bit more on the hop side as opposed to most NE beers, which are way too malty for my liking.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Slightly coudy amber color with nice white head. Aroma of citrus (grapefruit?) with both hops and malt. Taste starts with a sweet malt and finishs citrusy with the hops. Pretty good stuff.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium-large tan head atop a floatie-filled, opaque copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, bread. Taste is medium sweet, bready up top, before turning medium orange/citrus bitter. Medium body. Nice balanced beer.
OldGrowth (2478) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Sourdough, citrus,orange and grapefruit, some skunk and tea leaves. Clean reddish orange color. little head, but plenty of bubbles in glass. Sweet and bitter, carmel and grapefruit. Big dry bitterness, thin body, very drinkable. Great beer, great brewer. You have to get to Brattleboro
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel sweet aroma, touch of NW hops. Nice caramel malt flavor with a good touch of astringency and a dryish hoppy finish.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
High flying, resinous hop darts giving a ride to a few chile peppers...A peaceful, cask-like feel smothered in caramel oranges smoothens the hops' initial belligerence...A light, quaffable hop juice to warm the heart and tongue...
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden amber, slightly transparent with a clean, thin, lingering head. Malting floor aroma with some sweet candy malt as well as a thin whisp of hops. Flavours include some piney malt, white grapes and toasted wheat. Grainy palate that has texture but doesn't last. Some interesting things here, but I am not sure if they are working together to make a great beer.