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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 2.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   ABV: -
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Vandalia Ale is our “West Virginia Style Ale” brewed as an ongoing tribute to the rich history of the region. Vandalia Ale is a great copper-colored session beer for everyone. We employed 100% Chinook hops and a complex blend of malted barley and wheat to create a very well-balanced ale.


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Experienced from a 12oz bottle in a stemless wine glass. The beer pours a medium to deep copper color, with a relatively low off-white head. The nose shows grassy hop notes, along with some milk chocolate, a hard-to-pin-down background fruity yeast ester, and a faint high crystal English malt aroma. The palate shows more milk chocolate, light toffee notes, and a fairly assertive bitterness. Mouthfeel and carbonation are fine. The finish leaves lingering notes of the aforesaid chocolate. Overall, obviously an east coast version of the Amber style, easily the best beer offered by this brewery, and enjoyable to drink. However, the general impression is that it is missing something need to separate it from the endless horde of mediocre brewpub ales foisted upon drinkers outside of major beer innovation centers.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mora2000 (5856) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2012
Thanks to Cavie for sharing this beer. The beer pours and orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma has some cocoa and caramel notes. The same is present in the flavor, with the addition of some grass and pine from the hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
(12oz bottle thanks to Cavie) cherry/amber pour with effervescent bubbles and a ring of khaki head. Nose of graham cracker, cream, and caramel. Taste of cracker, caramel, very dry and nutty with a creamy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottled. Poured lovely reddish-amber with a creamy, yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up sweet caramel, molasses, and nutty notes, with a blend of redder fruits and berries around.. this seemed to have aged well (for some reason). The flavor was fairly enjoyable too.. aged caramel and molasses again at the core.. mild oxidation and dry, prickly carbonation around.. finished with more caramel and some fruit. Light-medium bodied and dry on the palate.. OK feel and flow.. I enjoyed it.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Cavie) Pours a clear amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, grain, florals, peach, and honey. Flavor of caramel, herbs, florals, biscuit, and citrus.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6035) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2011
bottled, thanks to cavie, brown amber color with no foam, aroma and flavor are tootsie roll caramel, finish is mild

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
weihenweizen (1868) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Refrigerated bottle poured into a shaker. Pours reddish-copper with small beige head. Aroma is off caramel malt, medium carbonation, good lacing, and medium/heavy body. Taste is toasty grassy caramel malt with a bitter finish. Not that good.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerdedone (2730) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with a small off-white head. Mild aroma of toasted malts, caramel and faint chocolate. Flavor was caramel, mellow chocolate, light toffee and some earthiness with a lightly bitter finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to TrippHop on BA. With this beer, I tick off state #50 of the 51 states (including DC). There’s one thing I need to get off my chest here, and that’s DAMN IT NORTH DAKOTA GET A M*****F***ING BREWERY YOU STUPID F***S, I NEED THAT FINAL TICK! I HATE YOU! Ok, now that we’ve established that, let’s get to this review, shall we? Reddish amber in color with a small whitish head. Nice toasty caramel aroma, surprisingly better than I expected. The flavor is a little buttery but has good caramel malt and maybe a touch of wood or fruit. Maybe a bit oxidized as it falls a little flat at the end with a cardboard note. Medium-bodied with average carbonation. Not bad for a state like this, but not great.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2011
Deep copper pour, yielding a 2-finger very creamy off white head. Clen earthy hop aroma. Taste of brown/chocolate/crystal malts, very nice mix. Medium-light palate, average carbonation, nice chocolaty finish.


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