Goodgrief (1733) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful golden color, frothy head and good lacing. The ricey Sorachi hops are prominent in the nose. Sweet and immensely grainy. I donít get all this mango, peach and whatnot in the description. Itís grainy and floral. A bit thick and heavy in the mouth for what the flavors are. Itís tastes okay, I just canít imagine a time where Iíd be craving this. Itís flavors are more suited to a lighter and more crisp beer, where this thing is sweet and thick.
fidelis83 (1734) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear, pale copper with a 2 finger, fluffy, eggshell head. Aroma is big on lemon and sweet orange, a little mango and stone fruit, cereal grain, buttered toast and a hint of caramel. Flavor is slightly sweet cereal grain, and hay up front, mixed citrus zest, spicy, lemon/lime soda, toffee, a little tropical fruit, tree fruit/berry like notes, sweet caramel and bitter citrus and tropical fruit salad to the finish. Palate is somewhat light in body, with a light, but quite sharp carbonation that kicks in immediately and lasts until the (quick) finish. Pretty good overall, a little too lemony for my taste. Even as I read my own review this stuff sounds really good, but somehow it just doesnít quite come together for me.
unclemattie (3908) - Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz New Belgian bottle. Vintage 2012. Clear golden color, long lace from the tall light tan rocky foam. Aroma of peach pie. Tastes of bitter C-note hops. Pine bitterness, along with sweet pale malt. Very light bodied but full flavored from the hearty use of hops. Bitterness lingers a long time on the palate. A sharp Spring Ale.
drjay44 (2344) - Salida, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at a local. Pours a medium, white head, with some lacing, over a clear amber (SRM 10) body....nose is pine, resin citrus....taste is heavy citrus, pine, resin, grapefruit peel, with a lingering bitter finish.....mouth feel medium, carbonation medium. The hop back bone dominates the malt back bone, but the complexity of the hops makes for an interesting beer. BJCP 7/4/12/4/7
ThirstyMeerkat (3) - - FEB 17, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint glass from tap at Barrelhouse in Atlanta. Excellent aroma and appearance. Just the right amount of hops in the taste. Very good
BigDaveE59 (19) - - FEB 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Good beer, great to add to any party. Mellow aftertaste, useful when chatting with non-partakers of exotic and micro flavors. Leaves you happy!
arminjewell (5149) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle into glass is deep orange almost red with big foamy 3 finger head that dissipates, but laces well. Aroma brings notes of lemon, some peach, hints of earthy spice, touch of biscuit and bread in there, with a touch more passion fruit, lemon takes over. Taste is very lemony up front, touch of bitter lemon rind and some slight peach but very faint, goes into a lot of spice and zest, some slight grass in there as well, touch of sweet biscuit and cracker goes into a slightly sweet finish that has a twang of spice and lemon. Very interesting, wish it was more like the aroma but overall pretty decent.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber pour with a tall, dense, frothy white head. Aroma is floral hops, citrus, tropical fruit and sweet malt. Taste is citrus fruit, caramel, tropical fruit notes, sweet malt, floral hops, pine and soft grassy hops. Body is medium but chewy with bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more caramel, pine, soft citrus, sweet malt and floral hops. Delicious session style pale ale.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright copper color and a moderate head. hop aroma and hop flavor, with a mild malt base, not really balanced, which is ok, but focused on the hops.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. What appears to be an expiration date of 27 May, 2012 is printed on the labelís bottom corner.
Appearance: Pours out a fairly clear, medium copper-hued body with a large, foaming, off-white head. A bit of glass-coating lace here and there on the way down.
Smell: An apparent lead of caramel in the scent followed by a slight, surprising butteriness in the nose trailed by lighter, albeit agreeable notes of distant lemon and spice.
Taste: Pale malts given a generous brushing of sweetish caramel and sweet cream butter. A little lemon zest and spice with little else from the hops producing a medium-light bitterness. A little hint more of the caramel and butter before the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Generally soft mouthfeel throughout.
Overall: Surprisingly light in the hop department, but, then again, the diacetyl was also a rather unexpected encounter, leaving me to wonder if this particular batch was off or if this is indeed what they had intended.