TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Mountain Sun, Autumn 2011: Rufous with a light haze. Fragmented white head. Fairly clean but curiously quiet nose of spice cake, tropical fruit esters and a kiss of flowery hops. Soft pinpricks of carbonation. Dryish, firm and snappy. Opens with a succulent fruitiness amid a trailing of toasty malt and a cookielike sweetness. Noticeable yeast-induced peppery sass tempers the slickly fruity esters while bolstering the dryness. Dab of Red Delicious apple somewhat taints things with a sweeping dullness. Light presence of unripe banana, though much of it is thankfully absorbed by the dry malt. Closes with a juicily estery and hoppy expression amidst the dryish leanings, capped with subtle notes of gum and spicy clove. Mountain Sun occasionally executes a clean and balanced Belgian ale, which means this could be very good with a few tweaks. . .a little less slickness/more snappiness, and less alcohol. Not too shabby, as is.
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Vine Street, Denver. Coppery orange color. Thick tight head. Smells and tastes really hot. Hint of orange peel candy. Tastes like orange peel candy and alcohol. Too hot but generally good.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear golden orange. Medium aroma of orange blossom & clove. Full palate has lots of clove, orange rind & a little grapefruit. Very good, very lingering finish has some bitterness.
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orangey-amber. The aroma is orangey with a little alcohol and some plastic notes. Light orangey taste, with some mellow fruits. Ok - not as complex as I’d like and a bit strong.
onceblind (7047) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ Vine St. Hazy burnt orange with a thin head that mainly stays around the ridges. Big orange citrus aroma with a slight Belgo yeast spice note with subtle toffee. Taste is nice and orange with some mild Belgo yeast spice, with a noticeable bitterness on finish that makes it uniquely "American". Not classic but definitely unique and delicious take on the style.