duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2006 Draught@Redbones, Boston. On the recomendation of Clark, i got this one. Its a very decent bitter, it has to said, but different to what i’m used to (in a bitter), which in this case turned out to be a OK thing. This had some nice lightly aromatic, and lightly earthy hop characters, mixed with some a slight dusty malt character. A very good American interpreation of the style, very good.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Red Bones 8/10/06. Pours a brilliantly bright orange color with a fluffy white head. Lots of bubbles raise upwards. Nose is light dry hops with minute hints of mlatiness. Palate is crisp and very clean, was expecting some dirty english malts, but my mouth was cleansed and excited. Flavors are dry grassy hops with some light grainy malty notes. A very distinct bitterness in the finish that is welcomed but stings the tounge and cheeks.
OldGrowth (2854) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Eaglebrook Saloon. Good nose, sweet nutty. Got a mealy nuttines, Pine, peach/apricot in there. Hazy brownish orange color, no head or lacing. Bitter nutty flavor, like aroma with the big nuttty bitterness, some grspefruit seeped in as it warmed. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Nice bitte, though I remember a much bigger aroma a few years back, but maybe my tastes have changed that much over the years.
Earlier Rating: 4/5/2006 Total Score: 3.6
On tap @ Bukowski’s Cambridge. Good nose, bitter. Herbal, grassy, grapefruity. Tad hazy orangy gold color. Good head and lacing. In my notes I have RTR in the appearence part. I have no idea what this means right now. Bitter flavor. Sharp grapefruit rind flavor. Metallic, woody, apple, caramel creep in as it warmed. Medium body, lite cream mouthfeel, bitter finish. Nice easy drinking bitter.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Bukowskis, with my friend ClarkVV. Dark copper color. Hoppy, very piney, minty, medicinal and herbaceous hop aroma, fairly expressive and dynamic. Impressive, authentic, true to style bitter. The hops are very woodsy, medicinal and herbaceous, with a very mild fruit platter and caramel kick in the backround. Creamy body. One hell of a bitter. The Brits should taste this.
ClarkVV (4003) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught pint at Bukowskis, Inman Square. Pours a very slightly hazed amber-beige with a substantial, off-white, foamy, well-retained head. Aroma has soft, flowery, lightly soily/nutty hops, fresh and aromatic, with light dough and hints of caramel. Flavor shows the flowery hops off well, with a riveting mouthfeel, low, natural carbonation, tiny bubbles and a tingly texture. Malt is complex and not overdone, while the hops are distinctly to-style. This calls itself a Bitter and actually stays true to the name. Not an Americanized bitter by any means. Light dough and sugars, a bit of dry biscuits and touch of toasty caramel. Fresh, flowery, leafy hops are only lightly bitter through the middle. Another solid effort from these guys.