JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-Rate 6/15/02. Nice ruby color with a spicy/pepprery nose and generous head. Well balanced with a good dose of malty sweetness. A fine beer from an excellent brewery.
Original: A decent ale with a good malty taste and a fine head.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grail Ale is an amber ale by style, but with the use of Ringwood it is a very distinctive one. This beer has lots of great sweet malty and hoppy flavors, as well as earthy and buttery aromas and flavors from the use of Ringwood.
Grail Ale pours to a beautiful, slightly hazy, deep amber color with a thick and creamy white head, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is very fragrant with aromas of zesty and citric hop aromas, married with some earthy/yeasty aromas, and a nice underpinning of caramel malt aromas. The palate is firm, with lots of good pale and caramel malt flavors, with a back drop of estery fruit, and notes of butter scotch. Grail Ale finishes with more malt, fruit, and lightly buttery notes up front, then ends with a nice burst of citric hop bitterness that ties this beer all together.
I found Grail Ale to be an outstanding, very flavorful amber ale.
trigeek (9) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found the aroma of this beer much more pleasing that most other raters. Hints of fig stood out to me. The flavor was definitely malty with only a very mild hopping that was overall bland. Not a bad beer but nothing too impressive
raymow (1100) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew has a very nice flavor, nice color too. I’d drink this all the time - a good every day "go to" beer. My favorite of the five Middle Ages brews that I’ve had so far.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby brown color, generous beige head and tons of fine lace. Nose is some what flowery, and a bit candy like. Start is sweet, the middle is full, the finish hop bitter and a tad acidic. Carbonation is moderate, and I think a quite drinkable beer. thanks Venom
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not a whole lot of aroma. I really like the unique flavor of this brew - sort of peppery - but very smooth. I’d say this deserves to be drank from a grail, just maybe not a holy one.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2003 Very dark red color, small white head. Malt aroma. Sweet flavor. has a nice hoppy finish.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off, the ruby coloring of this beer was supreme and I could stare at it all day. To me, it had a lot of ’dark’ characteristics to it. Smelled mostly malty, but not very strongly. Taste was again mostly malty with a prominent sweetness. The lack of hops, in comparison to many other beers out there made it stand out in my mind as at least being different. There were just enough hops to let you know you were drinking a beer.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle brown, tho a little more sienna hued, with a cashew colored swirl of foam that luxuriates in lazy curls down the glass. a well endowed malt aroma, belgian waffles and pecan, very sweet smelling and nutty with enough of an alcohol overtone to attest to it’s being an adult libation. wheat bread nourishing with a pinch of pepper, smooth, modest and perhaps understrenghth hop. no water peaks out from the edges. all you should ask for in a flagship brew.
OldGrowth (2982) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Halfime. Good aroma, Sweet. carmel, honey, apple, Nice orangy red color. Ok head that fade quickly. Bitter sweet flavors, Buttery, lemon/grapefruit, M.edium body, creamish mouthfeel, Citrusy dry finish. Thats a really good amber