gilvanblight (761) - Windsor, Ontario, - OCT 27, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear rusty brown pour with a tone of foamy head. It was lacing by the time I tried to get a picture of it. Fresh cut field smell, not grass but like a local park with wildflowers. Hops and grapefruit also in the nose. Very light compared to the other beers I’ve had tonight. Usually autumn seasonals are thicker and have more body. This reminds me of a Pale Ale. It’s got that hops bite in the back of the throat and it goes down very light. This would be fantastic if I liked true Pale Ales. Unfortunately I don’t and this wasn’t at all what I expected. I know people that will love this, like my wife, but it’s not really for me. Even my wife finds it odd because it’s not a pale ale but it has hints of one.
olio (5261) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
75 cl bottle @ Timo A.
Pours dark copper color, small head. Resinous hops on the nose, caramel malts, hay, toffee, pine needles and some sweet fruits. Sweet fruits and caramel, malts, nuts and resin. More like an American Strong Ale.
laiti (4943) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle vintage 2013 @ Timo A
Aroma is heavy and sweet with fruity notes and hints of hay. Flavour is sweetish with resiny notes, fruity hops and caramel. Heavy stuff, closer to an American strong ale than APA. And rather typical one.
tiong (3069) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle @ Timo A. Thanks!
Pours dark amber orange with a thick white head. Aroma of bready malts, caramely malts, sweet syrup, grassy hoppiness and grapefruit. Taste is malty, bready and hoppy with hints of rye, syrup, spices and syrup. Finish is smooth, malty and stingy with some grassy notes, rye, spices and syrup. A bit unbalanced and stuffy, doesn’t feel very fresh.
Lagerboy (1067) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Opaque medium copper, off-white foam mostly lasts. Quite grassy, herbal hop aroma. Grassy citrus hop taste, lightly bitter evergreen, mild spice, yeasty and floral, mild unsweet malt. Average carbonation, medium bodied, more aggressively hopped. Finishes clean and dry. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)
Idiosynkrasie (3232) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle [2013 vintage]. Hazy, reddish, darkest copper colour with average to huge, frothy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Citrusy fruity, hoppy aroma, notes of blood orange, orange, orange zest, a sweaty, resinous touch, caramel malty basis with bitter almond touch and hints of toffee. Taste is bitter hoppy, dry and minimally tart, hints of grapefruit and blood orange, a touch of hay, cautious malty basis with a touch of toffee. Minimally rough and dirty - really nice.
bergenbrewing (23) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This seasonal pale ale is pretty enjoyable. Nice large bottle so it can be shared with friends. Nice hoppy aroma and flavor and not overly bitter.
teddybeer (2097) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark coppery colour with a frothy light beige head, good lasting and nice lacing. Aroma has notes od light toasted malts, moderate caramelish, floral and light resins hops, some dark fruits and yeast. Flavor is slightly sweet at the beginning, notes of yeast and slightly ripe fruit, floral and moderate bittery notes in the aftertaste.
randallpink (13) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
served from bottle into pint glass - 2013 vintage
A - slightly hazy copper/auburn, two fingers tan head that has great retention and slowly turns into a nice rocky covering to the beer, leaves amazing amount of lacing on the glass with amazing rings all the way down, passes medium amount of light
S - heavy on the caramel malts, toffee, biscuits. earthy and piny, grassy hops off the pour which make way to some more orchard fruit type of smells as it warms, citrus, pineapple, mango
T/M - malts, bread, caramel, toast, brown sugar,fruity hops, very sweet when it hits then tongue then the bitterness quickly takes over and dominates, herbal and piny hops linger in the mouth, medium mouthfeel, lowish carbonation, creamy, sticky, slightly astringent (as the hops take over from the sweetness of the malts), spicy bitterness, slightly dry finish
o - a wonderfully crafted beer! i’ve had quite a few of these over the past couple months and since this was my last bottle i decided to give it a review. all i can say is i can’t wait til next year to get some more! so much happening in the complexity of this beer but doesn’t seem crowded. flavours seemed to be popping up with each sip. would recommend and buy again!
Serving type: bottle
dfearnley (760) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to pint glass
Some tropical fruit, orange, and grapefruit, spices, and some caramel and brown sugar. Deep amber with a frothy off-white to tan head and some particulates.
Grapefruit, brown sugar, grains, and pepper. A nice smooth (to me) hoppiness at the end. A little chalky and astringent, but nice and creamy.
To be honest, this shocked me on how good it is. I’ve rated a few Muskoka beers, but tried a bunch more and I’m generally pleased with what I’m having. Mad Tom is a nice beer at any time, so an APA, I thought would be a lot lighter, but this has good hop character but it’s got a well balanced sweetness to it too. The only thing that kills it for me is the palate. My bottle is a few months old and the particulates were given a pass, but the chalkiness hinders the experience for me. I do want to imagine that a fresh pour would be looking and tasting better.
sudomorph (375) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml 2013 bottle from the LCBO. Pours a semi-translucent, ruby/brown with an eggshell, two finger, frothy head. Slight sediment floating around. Aroma is large with notes of sweet dark fruits, yeast, citrus, and bread. Taste is very balanced. Starts out with a but of caramel and fruit then moves to more floral and citrus fruity hops then ends with a slightly spiced, hop bitter. Medium body and carbonation. A touch syrupy in the mouth with an effervescent carbonation. Overall good. Complex with a lot of flavours blended together. Would be interested to try it again next year.