HonkeyBra (3983) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Orangish amber pour with a medium white head. Aroma features the typical New Belgium doughy malt, some citrus and mango hops. Mild peach, some tea, a few notes of bread dough malt. Some caramel. Flavor is doughy, mild tea and citrus. Some pine, lemongrass. Pretty simple and unspectacular. However, it’s drinkable. Sessionable.
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Conyers Mellow Mushroom. Pours a golden amber orange. Aroma is sweet citrusy hops. Taste is bright citrus hops with a light crispness about it. Still has a decent caramel malt backbone. Damn this is going to be a good beach beer (although way too early right now).
seymour (1830) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2014 Tasted at the 2012 St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival from bottle into sampler glass. Poured a clear, deep amber color with decent head and a little lace. Lemon-cream aroma of Sorachi Ace hops plus some malt, bread, fruity ale yeast esters. Nice rich, biscuity malt sweetness with citrus rind tang and balanced hops bitterness. Medium body, lingering tart, bittersweet aftertaste. Hints of English ale in the grainy mouthfeel and hop character. Very tasty.
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the Richmond 17th Gathering. Clear golden pour with ample white head. Nice clean zesty hop character. Some mango and peach as well. Refreshing, but not exactly crisp. Pretty good brew.
Kinz (3684) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer 3 Richmond 17th. Light caramel malt and slightly citric hop aroma. Flavor is a match, hops in balance, not really that assertive. Not a bad beer, but not anything standout either. Light amber, decent head. Probably better than the score indicates.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours burnt orange with a small white head with a lasting a ring of foam. Aroma of hay, grass, plants, and there’s something that seems to have a metallic tang. Maybe it’s the pasta I just had...Anyway, flavor begins with toast and caramel with a bit more grapefruit and pine, but still the planty qualities come through. Finishes with toast, pine, grapefruit and earth with plenty of bitterness. Medium-light bodied with crisp and slightly prickly carbonation, feels easy to drink and the lightness comes off as an asset. Decent beer.
Thinker (62) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When this pale is pours it has a dark caramel color and very little head that doesn’t stick around. The flavor has the perfect amount of bitterness that ends with the perfect amount of hop for a pale ale. Also has a very clean taste, very drinkable.
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber/gold color. thin white head. Aroma is grassy, lemon peel, and something spicy I can’t quite put my finger on. Aroma is excellent though. Flavor was a bit disappointing on first try. With the aroma I was picking up, I expected something bolder. But, it is a spring pale ale, and I guess I shouldn’t expect something bold and super hoppy. Aroma just had me thinking something else. On second taste, I am appreciating the clean refreshing and light hop bite to the beer. I see some people saying this beer is a let down. I can’t say that. It’s good for what it is...a light type of pale ale. The finish on this beer is really excellent after about 10 seconds or so. Leaves a good impression. All said and done, this is a good pale ale and a nice clean tasting beer to have a few of. I expect to probably see this on tap throughout the spring and I’d certainly go back to it.
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first thing I thought when I caught whiff was, "Earthy". Then when I was drinking it I was looking for that earthiness to describe it and the best description I could give would be a more robust version of a Fat Tire. So there you have it. The most unique beer has one-uped itself. Nough said.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear dark golden color with a thin off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of herbal hops. The taste is herbal and tropical hops, toasted malts and a bit of a buttery note. Thin bodied, slightly watery, average carbonation. A little disappointed by this one.