Ibrew2or3 (6441) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber pours clear copper with tan head. The mild aroma offers up some floral hops, a bit of spicy hops and then faint maltiness. The taste begins with a good bit of floral to spicy hops that lean toward the bitter side and seem to grow into some sweet malts and the more and more malt sweetened floral notes midway and into the finish. This is a nice full flavored brew with a favorable hop profile for my taste even with the firm level of floral hops present.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Bottlecraft SD. Pours with a hazed orange to amber hue with a lasting off-white head. Aromas are of tea and caramel, some bready and crystal malt notes. Light esters and apricot. Flavors of bready and a slightly rich malt profile, a bit of a caramel character, lightly floral and estery. Medium to lively bubbles and kind of dry. As it flaws MAJOR DMS shows and makes it hard to drink.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a clear copper color with an off-white head that had big bubbles, great retention, and lots of lacing. Great start. The nose was caramel and fruit with lots of tantalizing aromas. Medium in body and with a very smooth and almost oily mouthfeel The flavor is rich with a good balance between malts and flavorful hops. A exceptionally tasty brew.
Strykzone (4401) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from Hayduke with whom it was shared via facebook chat. This poured a hazy tea colored beer that had a nice thick one finger head. That head never faded and left thick sticky lacing. The nose was earthy fruit, tangerine, and caramel. The flavor was very much like a Pale Ale. It had some nice hops that were pine and floral, caramel that became biscuits, and more yeast than I expected. This was proof that a lager can be flavorful. A very nice beer.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber red with a foamy white head. Sweet spice and cereal grain aroma and taste with a chewy palate and a sticky sweet finish.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #7. Clear dark copper pour with a nice sticky well lacing dirty white head. Lightly hopped, clean maltiness, grainy. Light flavor, moderate hops and very smooth, nice drinker. (1870)
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Deep gold, verging on amber, with a puffy off-white canopy. Aroma is very strange and takes a couple whiffs before I even understand what’s happening. Smells like Fanta. Part the orange kind and part the strawberry kind. There are some tangy malt notes and a bit of crystal malt too. Flavor is thankfully not similar to any sugarbomb soda products. Kind of a spicy/toasted malt profile with mild esters up front and a mild herbal hoppiness in the finish. The bitterness is not so mild, in fact it’s rather prominent for the style. Prickly carbonation could stand to be a little lower. This is definitely more complex than everybody’s California Common benchmark Anchor Steam, but I think the esters and alcohol hurt the drinkability enough that I’d still prefer the Anchor. Solid beer in its own right.
jcwattsrugger (10935) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-pours a dissipating white head and gold color. Aroma is pine/spice, medium malt. Taste is fruit/pine hops, sweet medium malt. Drying finish. Good effervescence.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Amber beer with a cream colored head. Malt and caramel aroma. Caramel and mineral flavor with light tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Caramel and mineral lingers with light summer fruit.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 16 ounce samples on tap at Rubicon Brewing in Sacramento. The aroma has sweet, fruity, corn silage hints. Light spiciness and herbal hop character is also present. Transparent copper body with a smallish white head and sparse lacing. Starts a little chewy, spicy, and metallic. Nice toastiness in the middle. Somewhat sweet, too. Finishes with a nice, crisp, snappy grassy hoppiness. Pretty damn nice for a warm day.