msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer pours a hazy, sunburst yellow with hints of orange. The beer pours with a beautiful white head of medium sized and sparkling bubbles that look like snow on the top of the glass. The head leaves a lacing of thick fat walls along the glass. In body, the beer is cloudy but full of tiny bubbles of carbonation. The other side of the glass can be seen, but it is as dark shadows, not as a clear image. This beer is very nice to look at. On the nose the beer smells dank and grassy with a light touch of pine, onion, and light lemon citrus. It is a pleasant and inviting smell, featuring a far more herbal scent of hops than other recent beers in the style. The dankness is the overpowering smell on the nose, and is prickly and enticing. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and nicely bitter, with the bitterness slightly overpowering the sweet. There is citric acidity that does bite the mouth a little and brings out a lot of saliva. In flavor, the beer begins as herbal grassy hops with a touch of rosemary, slowly building into big bitter pine with faint touches of citric orange peel and chalk. The finish is dank and prickly with rosemary, pine, and weed flavors, while the aftertaste is of light medicinal bitters, grapefruit, and a soft bready malt that really only appears in the aftertaste. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a beautiful carbonation that fluffs over the tongue with a light bite, leaving the palate clean. The mouth is left rather wet from the acids in the beer, though dry along the roof. Overall, this is another great New Hampshire Pale Ale. I just recently reviewed the Blue Lobster’s Gold Claw, and I am impressed at the difference between the two different beers, and how they both meet the style beautifully. This beer is nearly Gold Claws equal, save for its slight oniony smell, and the sticky bitters that linger in the aftertaste in not the most pleasant way. The brewery calls this a golden ale, but I have yet to find an ale that really fits that category in my head. This is a great American Pale Ale that is heavy on the hops and bitters, but holds great balance. It’s a little too bitter for my taste (for the style), and I personally like a juicier hop profile. This is a great lawnmower beer, though, and a great sipper. I can’t wait to see what else this brewery does. Try this beer.
puboflyons (2224) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 22 fl. oz. limited edition bottle. The pour is a cloudy pale yellow with a tremendous white head. Omnipresent aroma almost has Belgian ester to it with the biscuit and pale malts, mild sugar, and downplayed hoppiness. The body is medium and smooth. The taste has a much more hop forward character that overtakes the biscuits and pale malts and lingers moderately at the finish.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A sharp and tart flowery blond beer with a distinctive bee pollen flavor. Unusual and drinkable semi-hoppy beer.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh the day of purchase from a New-Hampshire specialized beer store.
The look: Almost clear dark blond body topped by a medium white head with medium retention.
In long: Nose is flowery, citrus fruits (oranges mainly) and various light color fruity esters. Very bright aroma. Taste is has an unusual malt backbone, rice cookies sensation, crisp crackers, white flour and some more standard pale malts. Then there is also an unusual hops profile, very floral (flower petals), strong bee pollen sensation, iced-tea, grapefruits, limon, pine cones. Prickly carbonation. Finish is a bit tart, some acidicy and only a mild bitterness. A bit too much residual sugars (refined white sugars) in the after-taste and that lowers my score. I never had a beer with such a distinctive bee pollen flavor before, a taste I’ve become familiar with because of the weird bio stuff the wife consumes. Currently listed on ratebeer as an APA, a 7.4% APA?!?!? Whatever… Not a great beer but after attempting drain pouring their Nut Brown Ale this this Solo Springer was like a gift from God, a God with limited divine powers and who is also a bit cheap.
AirForceHops (3516) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from On the Vine, in Exeter, NH. Aroma was of piney and grapefruit hops with some pale malts. Taste of grapefruit/ citrus, malt and pine bitterness in the finish. The resin is a bit much for me as it warms but the redeeming quality is; it has large amounts of bready malt. Malt giving a nice medium body without being heavy. Overall this is a nice highly hopped APA.
jcwattsrugger (11217) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle-pours cloudy orange/gold with a retaining tight offwhite head and trailing lace. Aroma is citrus-lemon rind/floral, light malt-bready. Taste follows with a drying finish.
jtclockwork (8915) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Jcwattsrugger Pours apricot amber. Bone white head. Nose/taste of fresh pineapple, grapefruit, resin, malt and pine. Finishes slightly dry tree sap/pine. Lots of fresh pineapple and grapefruit in the nose and on the palate. Medium body.
mcox90 (1588) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from The Beer Store. Pours a cloudy amber/orange with a 2 finger off white head. Little bits of lace. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Tons of grapefruit in the flavor with a bitter finish. Moderate bodied. Very nice.
johnnnniee (2459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever and leaves lots of stickies on the way down. Smells of lemon, grapefruit., resin and pine. There’s a little bit of bready malt deep underneath to provide some illusion of balance. Lots of hop flavor but a hint on the harsh side. Lemony grapefruit dominate the flavor with an almost pith like flavor. Hints of bread and pine round out the flavor nicely. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a tart resinous mouthfeel. This is a nice hoppy beer, maybe a bit one dimensional, but flavorful and easy to drink.