hopscotch (8465) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Sparkling clear copper ale with a small, frothy, off-white head. Good retention. The muted aroma offers gentle notes of roastiness, toffee and caramel. Medium-bodied with tickling carbonation. The flavor is of buttery toffee, spicy grain and medium bitter hops. Crisp, lightly bitter finish that leaves a kiss of toffee on my tongue.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Experienced from a 12oz bottle in a pub glass. The beer pours a deep yellow to light amber color with a small white head. There is a perceptible hop aroma in the nose, giving hints of English varietals (Fuggles or EKG?). The palate is a bit insipid up front, but then shows some barley malt character, along with a bit of spicy flavor from the rye malt. The mid-palate to finish gives some bitterness, but it is a harsh sensation that actually seems to detract from the beer rather than add to it. Overall, the beer seems to be in the fashion of an English IPA. Unfortunately, it is not a quality interpretation.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle) bought the sampler just to try this. Copper with small quickly fading head. Aroma is biscuit malt, not much hops. Some rye and hops, but an mostly biscuity malt with an odd metal/soapy flavor. Not really an IPA.
idbowman82 (62) - Painesville, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2009
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not really a pale ale, but not a bad drink. As far as the macros trying to make inroads into the mircobrewery niche, this does well enough.
Copper/Ruby pour, moderate foam. Much thinner than an IPA ought to be, and not quite as hoppy as it should be either. That aside, there is more crisp bitterness than one might expect from a major label, and it is well balanced by enough (but not too much malt).
presario (4525) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF Michelob press lunch. Moderate hop nose. Pretty hoppy for a micro. Nice interesting body and hop level.
fidelis83 (1799) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours medium copper-amber with a 1-2 finger beige head that has decent retention. Aroma is sweet, grainy malt, a little biscuit and bread, floral and pine hops and a little caramel. Flavor is slightly sweet malt, some fruity notes, hints of citrus and pine, the rye is there but a too much of the odd, planty, rye bitterness comes out, some buttered bread and sweet caramel notes. Finishes pretty abruptly with a spicy lightly bitter tone. Palate is light bodied a little over carbonated and pretty sweet throughout. Not bad for a macro, but the price point isn’t really low enough to draw me to purchase again.
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep copper with a nice foamy head which hangs around for a bit. Aroma of floral hops and a hint of malty soap (don’t ask). Impressive bitterness that lingers a bit. It is quite balanced, however, I miss the rye and it is quite thin for an IPA. I don’t know if they tried to mellow it out, but I was definatly expecting more rye character. All in all, a good beer from Anheuser. You can still see that they are trying to appeal to the masses as opposed to hitting the mark on the style.
cheap (3751) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Michelob and AB have been making great strides in their undertaking to get into the craft beer niches created by so many microbreweries. This entry penetrates the specialty grain and IPA markets. From a bottle. Pours a darker clear iced tea color with little head and decent lacing. Aroma is dull fruity or flowery hops. Decent carbonation greets the tongue on the first sip. After the carbonation the first thing you notice is that old familiar rude IPA bitterness with shades of rye. Rude and crude bitterness like your are chewing on green grapefruit rinds. Yep, in flavor, like many IPA especially those of the cheaper varieties. long linger of bitterness remains after each swig. Msny of the attributes of your rye or IPA brews. Tho not a max in its style, certainly will appeal to those who love hops. Most hoppy beer I’ve had from AB as far as I remember. Much more on the IPA side when compared to their pale ale. Somewhat oily mouth coat as with most beers int he rye or IPA style.
Homebrewerguy (303) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hah, this is no IPA. Very thin body doesn’t even match a pale ale, It is hop dominant and out of balance with little malt to back it up, clean hop flavor is a redeeming quality but you can do much better. The rye isn’t all that dominant either.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark caramel, orange-red with a very loose beige head. Aroma is a light peppery rye, but overall thin and metallic caramel. Spicy hops. Taste is again a pepper bite of rye malt, but it is overpowered by either a metallic caramel malt or a harsh spicy hoppiness, hard to say. Doesn’t help that it is very thin bodied.