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 thereís something that seems to have a metallic tang. Maybe itís 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 doesnít 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 canít 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 shouldnít 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 canít say that. Itís 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 Iíd 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 (8503) - 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.
adnielsen (9026) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. These guys sure seem to come up with some disappointing seasonals. I really enjoyed their Saison, but it got the axe for a lesser beer. Anyways, Dig (what a stupid fucking name) pours a transparent, copper orange appearance with a huge, off-white head. Toasty malty, dusty, earthy, a touch floral aroma. Kind of a lame, toasty caramel malty, bitter, earthy flavor. Not much going on here.Clean, but dull and boring flavor. Another disappointment.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 Bottle. Pours amber with beige head. Aroma is very grassy, piney and citrusy. Flavor has that same, bright hop expression, light with nice, light malt and a pleasant, refreshing light bitter. Light body with high carbonation...Overall, I kinda dig this!
Trev (1929) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark gold, almost amber pour with a medium foamy white head.
aroma is a little bit muted, tropical fruit, mango, peach I get, some citrus as well.
Flavour has a lot of that same melon, mango fruitiness in it. Floral bitterness as well. Malt profile is a bit lighter than expected. some caramel and burnt sugar in there.
TronnyJenkins (92) - Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from sixer.
Aroma is nice and hoppy, yet earthy.
Color is a pretty light amber, and the head is decent.
Flavor is fruity, yet dry with a nice bitterness to it.
To me this is a hoppier take on Fat Tire... A touch stronger and lighter. I was reading on the NB website that they used Sorachi and Nelson Sauvin hops for this, and the malts are pretty simple so I guess the interesting earthy flavors come in from the hops. Very refreshing and unique stuff.
PapaMick (43) - Jacksonville, Arkansas, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Flying Saucer. Crisp grassy flaindistinguisavors. Pleasantv to my palate. Aroma was indistinguishable to my poor nose. Sharpness oh hops us really good. Medium amber pour from a new keg. Good lacing. Good pale ale