FunkyBrewster (1513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep golden amber with a frothy off white head. Aroma is mostly piney hops, a bit reminiscent of sierra nevada pale, just a touch softer and a bit sweeter with some caramel and biscuit notes. Flavor starts with some quick piney bitterness, but picks up some sweeter bready notes and a touch of citric. Finishes bitter and aggressive, leaving a sharp biting note on the tongue. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Must be a fresh bottle, because itís not off at all. Again, like a weaker Sierra Nevada, very sessionable
puggy211 (711) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It has a piny aroma, very nice. Also a floral hoppy smell to it. A nice darker/medium amber color. It has great drinkablitiy, nice going down. Very bitter after taste. A good bitter after taste.
deyholla (4789) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by someone at the September 2010 Metro Detroit tasting. Poured a clear amber with an off-white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was had a slight pine note with sweet bread and cereal. The pine came out more in the flavor with sweet bread and cereal backing.
Braudog (5028) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a quiet true amber color with a quick uprising of foam that then dwindles away. Thereís a light malty aroma with a hint of spruce. This drinks with a decent woody hoppiness and a balanced backdrop. So far the better Moerlein option among the sampler pack I bought. (#3969, 8/22/2010)
502F (1000) - ARLINGTON, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very slightly hazy copper with nice eggshell head and descent lace. Solid aroma of caramel and bready malt with a nice earthy hoppiness to compliment. Very balanced. The flavor is similar, but with more hop quality--resinous on the end, leading to a dry finish. There is an almost fruity quality in the middle. Medium body and medium to low carbonation. Overall: though it ainít super interesting, it is undeniably solid. Iíd be interested to see if the hop quality is much different when sampled fresh on draft at the brewpub.
GMUcrew7 (572) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light copper pour with a decent off white head. Basic hop and caramel malt aroma. Well balanced flavor, mildly bitter with a nice sweetbread finish. Medium body, not among the upper tier of IPAís but good.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear golden body with a thin lasting white head. Heavy caramel into a fruit finish. Nice lacing.
TheBeerOrg (2136) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours bright golden with a well maintained wispy off-white head. Notes of light pine and hop resin, biscuit, toasted bread. medium bodied and lightly resinous with lively carbonation.
Tmoney99 (8789) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate bitter flavor with a moderate bitter finish of medium duration. Very good brew.
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light slightly hazy amber with a big off white head. Aroma is citrusy fruity hops. Flavor is grapefruit with a nice lasting bitterness and nice biscuity malt backbone. Not bad.