Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 31, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2004 22 OZ bottle: Pours dark orange with a huge head, that breaks down from within leaving only a shell of foam. Be more careful than I was. Wonderful fresh aroma of hops. The taste is much more balanced than the aroma would suggest. Very nice malt backbone. The 'American Amber Ale' style type is a little baffling (or maybe I've only had bad examples). I only wish there was less foam.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity, yeast aroma, hazy apricot colour, big vanilla head. Tastes and feels like a Belgian ale, seemed a bit flat, when it was opened a lot of the carbonation fizzed off. Very good, Thanks Volgon.
canary dog (622) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUN 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The specimen I had was flat. Is it possible it was appropriate to the style: an authentic British bitter, no?
Basically no head. The flavor was well-rounded, but the finish had that slick, buttery, sweet mouthfeel that seems to linger too long. Is is diacetyl? Overall, an OK beer, but nothing I am too thrilled about trying again.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Interestingly yeasty. Fruity aroma. Nice floral flavour with a good bitter finish.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAY 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love this brewery, and I also love this beer. Itís very well balanced, the aroma is hoppy, floral. The nice palate is outstading.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice hop aroma. Good hop flavor balanced by a slight maltiness. A great beer from a great brewery.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2001
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2003 Slightly cloudy, red-orange, large creamy stable head. Completely opaque when you pour the end of the very yeasty liquid in. Powerful, complex floral, grapefruity, caramel-malty nose with hints of apricot is the best thing here; flavor initially creamy, fruity, but soon overcome by an intense hoppiness, "Englishy" and butterscotchy with hard moutpuckering lemon rind at the finish; somewhat too thin at the end also. Not McNeills best but quite drinkable for hopheads.
SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
About the only beer I like better in than the bottle than on tap.
MonkeyProver99 (24) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2001
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the most unique and drinkable red-pale ales in the uS
kenk99 (168) - Leonia, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2001
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best beer Iíve ever had!