SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy amber color with a small white head that rapidly dissipated to a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Pleasant aroma, malty with fruit notes and a hint of hops. Somewhat diminished initially as the beer was colder than desired serving temperature, but became more assertive as it warmed. Rich malty flavor with a hop balance and slight citrus acidity. Alcohol is apparent but not overpowering. Long sweet finish ending slightly metallic. Medium-heavy body and mild carbonation giving a delightful mouthfeel.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color, thin quickly diminishing head. Very nice hop and malt aroma. Medium thin-bodied beer the hop bitterness stands out and takes over but this beer is best noted for a harsh alcohol flavor. Not a favorite but ok
Ernest (7032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy light amber, dense tiny/small particles, bottle
conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers),
lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of apple, DMS, and alcohol. Flavor
is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is
moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body,
watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Sour,
alcoholic, trying to be something interesting but not succeeding. Malt Liquor putting on airs.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
WEST COAST VERSION-Clear medium amber, with miniscule flakes; quickly fading loose head. Aroma of peaches, nectarine, bandaid/bubblegum and alcohol, with just a touch of wet cardboard. Slight cofee flavor, but light roast, not dark...sort of a tangy/tart "brown ale" taste but with more peppery complexity and prickly carbonation and some brown sugar flavors. Tart fruit and alcohol aftertaste. When I have tried this beer in the past I have noticed an out-of-balance alcohol/roasted malt flavor, but this particular bottle is doesn't suffer from that...seems it's improved! Daddy likes!
Cartoonkhaki (1225) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unique. Malty hop aroma nothing too strong though. Orange in appearance with nice head a faint orange white. Malt and hop in the flavour with a bit of citrus to it and an alcoholic bite to it. Not very overpowering though which made it still enjoyable and if I see it I'll drink it again. Bottle says brewed in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honeyed toast and apricot in the aroma, with some mild apple and spice. Medium golden in color, filtered, the head quickly dissipating entirely. Flavor profile is sweet, lightly sugary, fruity and with a bit of a malt punch, along with some lighter herbal hop flavors. Low bitterness level, and just the merest hint of phenols can be detected. This is providing almost a Belgian character. Aftertaste shows a bit more hoppines, but the overall effect is provided via the malt. Puzzling, unique composition here. What is it??
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nicely, good fizz in a tall glass. Un-filtered bottle conditioned beers usually have more aroma than this. Some citrus (grapefruit?) aroma and taste. Hides the 8% ABV very well. Not bad, but don't know why they would call it a "Select" ale---not all that special.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden color with a stark white head with nice lacing. An aroma of hops and grapefruit. Tastes of bitter hops, a touch sweet with some citrus. A light to medium body.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 15, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2003 Pours a cloudy amber in color with a small creamy beige head. Nose is light and sweet. Start is light and sweet with a hint of apricot and the finish lightly hopped. Quaffable, but nothing special IMHO.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange gold in color with a pretty decent white head. Smells like sweet citrus. Taste sweet maybe a hint of carmel. Has a very smooth palate though it looks very carbonated.