squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Was tempted to rate it perfect, but there’s something damning in perfection, so I laid off, cause I wouldn’t want that to happen to a beer this good. 22oz bomber. 18k gold just a shade shy of clear. Low, nearly white head, fades quickly to the edges. Superb aroma of layered and tense herbs and white fruits, and crisp, minerally, low-toned citrus, much like an old-world white wine. Could mistake it for a saison of Arabier quality. Bafflingly dry. 8.6% abv simultaneously drives and rides shotgun. Cascade of nearly tart, yet lush, yet bitter, yet soft stones, apples, melons, herb stems and leaves; and sour and sweet light fine ginger bread dough. My ratings were swayed to the higher side especially because this is not a beginners beer. No complexity was sacrificed for smoothness. Austerity at its most jovial. In a difficult style to pull off (light fine lager with big fat alcohol) Narragansett/Buzzards Bay utterly succeeds.
gripweed57 (882) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle. Hazy amber orange color nice fluffy off-white head. Sweet toasted malt aroma with a strong alcohol note. Subtle toasted malt flavor has a caramel malt backbone and citrusy hop character. Bitter hops in mid taste. Noticeable alcohol flavor. Earthy bittersweet resin hop finish. A little rough around the edges.
zach8270 (3777) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Orange pour with a white head. Sweet malts in the aroma along with a big whiff of alcohol. Flavor is sweet and cloying at the start with a sudden dry and bitter middle.
jgb9348 (4972) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich golden and copper coloured body with a thinnish, two centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, malt, light earth and a bunch of deep fruits - pungent and strong throughout. Medium to Full-bodied; Deep pungent metallic, earthy and strong bitterness throughout with a lot of depth, some alcohol and deep fruit flavours coming through near the end, but a large alcohol presence. Aftertaste is more potent than most, but the bitterness that arises is muted by the sweetness and lighter complexities that arise near the end. Overall, a well-balanced, strong and relatively complex beer with some deep flavours, but a rather nice flavour for the style! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 13-July-2013 for US$6.00 sampled at home in Washington on 27-February-2014.
BeerandBlues2 (10514) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours lightly hazy orange with a large, thick and creamy off-white head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is spicy, earthy, and minty Saaz hops, medium grainy and cracker malt, and light peach notes. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, supporting crisp malt and a dry, lightly spicy finish. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation.
HoppityHop (175) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks good and smells good. A tad cloudy with a lot of lacing. Malt is a bit cloying and the hops are one dimensional, but it’s drinkable. If you don’t expect too much, I think you’ll find it decent for it’s $2.98 pricepoint...
Derek881 (1036) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a straw-amber color with a thick and hazy appearance below an off-white creamy head with good retention and excellent cling and lacing. The beer had an aroma featuring floral and spicy tones along with some barley and yeast. Its taste was pretty bitter and grainy with only a slight sweet-sour character at the end. The body was creamy and thick with a drying effect and strong carbonation and life.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, clearance sale, from Appalachian Vintner, shared at the Baltimore Late Late Summer Gathering, 9/14/13. Pours a clear amber color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toasted malts, caramel, cereal grains, herbal hops. The taste is bitter hops, toasted malts, caramel mild stone fruits. Medium bodied, slight lingering bitterness. Solid.
Travlr (14697) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. slightly hazy golden yellow color, small white edge head. Aroma of white pepper. Taste is bitter straw and light lemon.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Thanks for the tip, Jeff! Can’t argue with the price, though the beer (not even a style I’m mad for) wasn’t exactly a mind-blower. Cloudy yellow pour, could easily pass for a non-"Private Stock" brew. But a decently hoppy nose, noble hops appropriately loaded in, with some yeasty, tangy, malty elements as well. Underwhelming mouthfeel, but the taste is reasonably grassy and satisfying. Booze well hidden, nicely hopped, not a bad try (especially for the price).
DiarmaidBHK (3650) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Appalachian Vintner. Pours golden with a thin white head. Not much on the nose. Kind of grainy on the tongue with a slight bit of hop flavor on the finish. Finishes clean. Solid but not spectacular.