Ron (2184) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Color is a fairly average amber with a decent white head. Aroma is not strong but fairly hoppy and has some malt/rye. Flavor is only somewhat hoppy, mainly malty and rye-ish, and only slightly bitter. Texture is fairly tingly. OK
righlander (1) - USA - MAR 2, 2010 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber with a lot bigger head than i thought it would have. Smells pretty good, I can detect some hop citrus notes. I donít really smell any rye though but it smells like a mellow IPA. Taste is medium to light bodied with some decent hop bitter...pine, rye, toasty malt...but A bit more tamed down than your run of the mill IPA. Pretty good session beer. It could pass as a regular pale ale because itís not quite malty or hoppy enough to contend with most IPAís but none the less Itís pretty good.
MrBunn (2320) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Somewhat impressed that AB tries this I comtemplate the copper body that supports a little bit of beige head. Aromas show a bit of a rye presence and some faint herbal hops. Flavor is a pretty bland mix of medicinal hops and rye. Iím not sure why I keep hoping to find a diamond in the rough with these.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is light and citrusy, with a little rye spice. Flavor is caramel, rye malt, citrus, and a nice bitter finish. A good spice from the rye, but could use a tad bit more hops up front.
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle and served in pint glass: Coppery hue with a quick fading head and almost no lace. The aroma has notes of malted rye, caramel, pumpernickel bread, slight herbal and grassy hops, and some iodine smoky esters. There is also a hint of metallic vapours. The taste does indeed display an earthy and chewy rye character along with sweet crystal malts. A hint of noble bitterness is found as well. The problem is that nothing pops or stands out, honestly it is a bit muddled and there is also a short fading metallic and corny finish which detracts. The mouth feel is soft and chalky, medium-bodied. Well, I do like that the rye is in play here and types of hops used seem to work well... but there are not enough of them for this to be an IPA plus the appearance and finish needs work. An introductory rye beer for the masses.
Poobah (230) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JAN 31, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours with an amber color and with a nice head that lasts a while. Hoppy, sweet nose with a hint of cloves. Smooth entry with a malty mouthfeel and a honey-sweet finish that has fairly lengthy bitterness. Some metallic character is noticeable.
bleeng (1458) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sampling. Clear amber. Nose is grassy, smoky, and stale hops. Taste is very smoky with a decent rye flavor. Body is medium. This beer is meant to not scare off the average AB drinker and it achieves it purpose.
mweber962000 (79) - Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
had from a cooler full of different beers i brought home from a turkey shoot so its been in my fridge for a couple months. not a bad beer from michelob. amber/copper pour with a head that goes away a little too quick. i love all pale ales so of course this one is below the others ive had but definately would give it a go again. it has a somewhat metallic taste that throws it off a little. but all ab products tend to have that.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep orange amber pour with small head. Spicy hops, corn and touch of fruit on the nose. Flavor is metalic hops and some other harsh flavors that donít meet the expectaions of the aroma. Too bad.
CelticBrew (747) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours medium amber, forms slight foamy head that quickly dissipated. Aroma of faint hops, malted rye sweetness. Flavour much the same, not very complex, however it is drinkable. Very middle of the road, made for the masses I suspect.