hayduke (3081) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the post Dark Lord after party at the Hampton Inn in Munster, In. Pours gold with a white head. Nose is fruity hops . Medium in body. Flavor smooth light malts and very hoppy. Light bitter finish. Nice
camborne (590) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light citrus and bread nose. Taste is nicely balanced. Not as hoppy as name suggests. Taste has some orange peel and bread undertones.
pdx76 (383) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at apex, clear golden color, white head quickly dissipates. Nose is of very faint hop. Taste is very smooth balance of hop and malt. Very drinkable.
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Narnad (1374) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lightly chill hazed yellow, lots of carbonation and a huge, creamy, big bubbled, off-white head. Aroma has a good deal of grassy and earthy presence with a touch of lemon/orange citrus with a light spicy rye and pils finish. Flavor starts off with a bitter earthiness and moves in a quick citrus orangey kick that transitions to a very generic bitter bite with some light notes of pils malt. Body is modest at best and the carbonation looks more than it feels in the mouth. Overall it smells great but the flavor seems to be a bit muddled by the hops. The grain is almost non-existent and feels a bit watered down do to the high hop rate. Price is okay (~$5.99 in my neck of the woods) but the brew fails to deliver anything other than a solid aroma.
StefanSD (1932) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle from Sprout market. Pours a hazy gold color with a medium white head that has great retention. The aroma was very mild and largely indistinct with some grains and breads. The taste was subtle with grains, breads, cooked vegetables and piney/spicy hops. The palate was medium with lively carbonation. Finished long and dry with lingering spicy hops. Overall: meh
blutt59 (5914) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled, clear golden with fluffy white foam, aroma is steely hops, great bitter marshmallow and lemon flavors, really nice beer
k9coug (96) - USA - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A different beer. The light amber clear color belies the bitter profile. It tends more toward a rye bitterness than grapefruit. Very dry, the flavor fading very quickly. Interesting and unusual.
mnurda (1055) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Todd English pub in Las Vegas. Loved the lightness of this beer. Combined with the hops this was one of the best beers I have had in recent memory
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rangerred (788) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger white head. Really good head retention, better than I was expecting, with some splotchy lacing.
Aroma of sweet caramel and bread that is typical of a bock but there is a nice addition of earthy, herbal hops with a touch of pine. A little weak all around but a pleasant aroma nonetheless.
Sweet caramel on the taste with some rye bread and toasted bread. The hops are more subtle in the flavor with light earthyness but the bitterness really comes through and exceeds what would normally be found in a Maibock. It works nicely to counteract the sweetness that is present and is typical of this style.
Overall, a nice twist on a classic style from New Belgium. It is not particularly exciting but is pleasing to drink and something I wouldn’t mind having again.
bookman10 (540) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear, sparkling, golden-yellow, with medium-sized head. Not much to the aroma, really--some grass, some floral elements, but pretty muted. The flavor is a combination of hops with the traditional dry malt flavor of the bock--kind of an odd mixture, actually. It’s kind of like a light IPA or something, with a stronger underlying sweetness than one might usually find in that style. Not sure this is an entirely successful experiment, but worth trying.