bhensonb (12959) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a sampler pack at a Grocery Outlet store. Pours a clear reddish copper with a three-finger foamy beige head. Aroma is rather sweet with a little florality and light spice. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is mainly rye, with some light floral hop. A bit malty for an IPA, but the rye spice aspect is pretty good. Somewhat astringent. The rye makes it.
Tmoney99 (12410) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Sam’s Club mixed case.
Poured clear dark ruby color with a large frothy light brown head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate caramel malt and earthy rye aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium malt bittersweet flavor and a medium smooth bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
Solid drinkable beer.
Drake (11116) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from a sampler. Pours a clear amber color with a moderate frothy head. Fair head retentiion and lacing. Aroma of caramel, peach and other fruit notes and a spicy rye finish. Taste is caramel and rye. Medium bodied. Pretty good beer.
hopscotch (10265) - 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.
deyholla (8886) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a clear brownish amber with a thin light brown head. Aroma had notes of light bread, a hint of rye and grassy hops. Flavor was mainly light grains with just a slight bit of underlying pine and grass hops.
marcus (8000) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2009
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark amber with a fluffy beige head and a nondeScript aroma. There is a slight amount of caramel malt flavor, sort of toffee-like, and some hop bitterness. Very average (is that an oxymoron?).
BBB63 (6507) - 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.
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Presents a reddish-amber with a familiar airy head of off-white foam. Pretty interesting aroma, hinting at a little woody spiciness. Moderately sweet, the foundation of this beer is indeed a little bit of a barky outdoorsiness, with a sharp tangy finish. Bit thin, and there’s something not quite balanced with this, but drinkable enough. (#3685, 9/27/2009)
heemer77 (5210) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 14, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from the Fall 2009 MIchelob sampler pack. A deep copper colored body with a few lazy bubbles headed slowly up the glass to a fluffy medium khaki head. A nose of bread dough is balanced with some spicy rye and a little hint of oranges. There not much else to smell, but at least the rye is present. The initial drinks are fairly spicy with the rye, but it fades and then the light hopping comes out. There is a hint of grapefruit, but it hides in the background and is a little more perceptible in the finish. There is a persistent whole wheat bread dough and yeast flavor that is not pleasing. Another craft style attempt that is almost good but leaves the drinker wanting more from the beer.
ben4321 (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Gilly’s, 9/25/09
Aroma: I got some sweet malts in here, a good amount of rye bread/yeast, and a bit of spice
Appearance: This is a clear amber colored beer with a slightly bubbly, thin white head
Flavor: The taste is mostly the bready malts, on top of that I get the same spice as the nose, and some sort of strange flavor that flows through the relatively long palate. This unpleasing, and slightly off wheaty flavor does two things: it overcomes the slight semblance of hops that are hiding way in the back of this beer and it carries an unpleasant aftertaste through the long duration.
Palate: This beer has a decent amount of body, a long palate, and a solid mouthfeel as well.
I didn’t ever realize Michelob made this beer, and now I know why, as I’m only the 4th rater of it. I really don’t think I’d call this an IPA, I didn’t get a lot of hops here, at all. What hops are here are not really able to sneak out from behind the over-bearing and slighty unpleasant bread flavor that dominates the middle and end palates of this brew.
**Just submitted a Photo for this one as well, as it was missing one.