daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright dark golden colour with a frothyalmond-coloured head. The nose is fresh with hints of citrus fruit and ripe with hops and resin. Slight hint of orange peel with a bit of sweet malt. The body is nicely spritzy and starts with a nice semi-sweet maltiness with hints of citrus. Quickly moves into a nicely balanced resiney hoppiness that carries a semi-dry bitterness into the end. A good pale ale, nice session beer.
jsquire (3663) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the 2005 RBSG. Deep copper color with a thin, fizzy beige head. Hops and malts were both eveident in the nose. Well balanced pine hop flavors and sweet grain malts. This is a solid session pale ale.
hopscotch (9952) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... RBSG2005... Amber ale with a creamy, white head. Floral, citrusy aroma with lots of grapefruit and pine. Malty, caramelly flavor. Medium-bitter - medium sweet - medium bodied. Creamy with lively carbonation. Thanks go out to dougshoemaker for the bottle.
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light bubbly amber with small beige head. Surprisingly sweet, caramelly and bready nose, but as it warms, earthy, citrusy and floral. Direct, to the point and surprisingly efficient despite the fact that I feel like I’ve had this beer quite a few times with different labels. Rather linear flavor presentation. Sweet palate, light-medium body, moderate carbonation.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
07.08.05 RBSG Greenish amber. Lots of herbs must be a product of many malts and many hops so that its maybe over-complex for the style? It’s all hidden under a big dose of various hops..floral, bitter. Thin bodied and quite bitter. Interesting, at least its not just another SNPA clone.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Draught at Volo. Poured a very bubbly, reddish amber - large, lasting, off-white head, good lacing; wonderful sparkling glass of great ale. Nose - surprising amount of blended hops, toasted malt, a little grain to remind us it’s Canadian - so balanced! Taste - oh yeah! grapefruit-citrus but not over-bitter or tart, medium toasted malt, some alcohol, pleasantly bitter but not overwhelming. Apart from some cedar on my palate, all I can say is this is a balanced, crisp, carbonated beer and deserves greater recognition in Canada.
SpringsLicker (3220) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Average white head that sits on top of a dark amber body.
Bready light malt aroma with some honey notes. Lightly sweet flavor and the slightly acid hoppy bitterness finishes dry.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber with medium beige head, stringy lacing. Very deep grassy, citrussy aroma with a bit of toffeeish malts. I’m very happy to see a local micro with this much bitterness up front, which quickly melts into a slightly malty background. Sharp carbonation, a bit oily, a bit minerally. A solid, unpretentious, nearly British-style ale that could use a bit more oomph, but it’s still a very good example of the style.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is great with caramel, malt, hoppy. like a nice mild double ipa. pallate is thin and it is only mildy flavorful. like mixing a great ipa. with water maybe, not offensive, just a bit thin.
blankboy (6412) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a copper brown with an average white fizzy head. Aroma is moderately hoppy. Taste has a great balance of hops and malts, there’s just enough hops to satisfy this hop-head. A nicely balanced, great tasting Pale Ale. One of my favourites.