bhensonb (8981) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can from Bine and Vine. Pours copper with a slight white head. Aromas of brown sugar, resin and citrus. Full bodied with significant carbonation. First impression is brown sugar, then resin and citrus. It finishes pretty darn bitter, always with that lurking roasted malt background. Damn tasty ale. Enough hop to preserve flesh.
JorisPPattyn (7300) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught Small off-white head over pale amber beer with a cold haze. Rather subdued mandarine nose, not really outspoken, but nice. Maltier than expected, good malts present, but the citrussy, mandarine hopflavour arrives later with a vengeance. Slick, medium bodied, dry and tart MF, especially in the finish. Not really impressive, but at least very decent.
iowaherkeye (2636) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
$11.99/4pack, 16oz can from Olive Tree Market in OB. No date, but I think they canned this a week or so ago. Clear medium dark orange with a one finger light beige head, pretty decent retention. Aroma has some caramel and light diacetyl with some Cascade/sweaty citrus notes following, light toasty malts behind. It does get a little grassy at room temp. Flavor has some pine and citrus hops--not very much at all, and not juicy or bright, really--and then way too much bitterness. I guess you could say the pine dominates, but nothing besides bitterness dominates. Moderate sweetness tries to temper the bitterness without much luck. Dry finish, earthy bitterness peaks at a 7-8 with some alcohol--tastes all of its 8.7%. Sticky full body with low carbonation. Still not digging Monkey Paw at this point. Dunno what to do with the other 3 beers, as 1/2 a can was plenty.
Lagunitasfan (1308) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Urge in Poway as part of a Monkey Paw night. 9 brews on tap from them. Crystal clear orange-amber pour with lots of dense eggshell head that becomes a blanket of lace. Nose is sweet fruity hop goodness. Bit of mid-high citrus. Taste is high sharp hop bite up front to long lingering bitterness. Creamy hints in the middle are quickly overwhelmed. Nice.