talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a sparkling clear, orange color with a white, frothy, average head which does leave a thin layer of froth and tight, frothy lace. The nose is certainly spicy with rye bread, pepper, allspice, rustic twig notes, and a bit of citrus peel. The flavor is similar with more sweet notes emerging, some cookie, cinnamon and nutmeg, similar rustic twig notes, pink grapefruit peel, and honeyed rye bread notes. The palate is nice with a nearly full body, soft to lively carbonation, and a creamy/round mouthfeel. The finish is fairly short for the ABV, quite bready, and still spicy with pepper and cinnamon. This is a pleasant beer with some of the characteristics of the more traditional sahtis, but lacked in a few major areas; the Belgian yeast notes and phenols were not there to add to the spicy nature and the juniper notes were quite subtle. Not that I am any expert on the style, but this seemed like a fairly bland, American attempt at a very unique beer. Not bad by any means but nothing compared to better examples I have tried.
legion242 (2307) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was very afraid of this beer going in. Having had the privilege of having a true, fresh Sahti, I was worried that NB would screw this up. Is it like a true Sahti? Barely even close, though the juniper is nearly right. Otherwise, this is no Sahti, but rather, a very nicely flavored ale that serves the Lip of Faith well. Just be certain. That this is, in no way, what a real Finnish Sahti tastes like.
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear copper with a thin off-white head. Mild aroma of malt, spices, and biscuits. Flavor is toasty yet sweet with hints of malt, biscuits, spices, pepper, and some fruit. Light body with medium carbonation. Interesting but not great.
BrewDad (5100) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bomber – Gravity Beer Market – Olympia, WA
Aroma – Nice malt and hops aroma. Floral and fruity.
Appearance – Dark golden in color, Clear, with a thin head.
Flavor – Nice malt flavor and floral and fruit flavors. Hops gave this a great taste.
Palate – Nice Dry finish with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall – Very nice drinking Ale. Finished quite well. Liked this beer.
IndianaRed (2711) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Brewforia in Meridian, ID. Light orange with a full off-white head. Pennant and light mild hop er juniper aroma. Glad the juniper is nor over the top. Basically a pale ale with the bitterness a bit soft and a light malty body. Pleasant but not very interesting.
Reid (2014) - Salem, Oregon, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz from "Habits" in S.Salem ( they are getting better beers again).
Huge frothy overwhelmig head..cream coloured and very thick. When it dies down a bit i see a clear orange beer.
Aroma slightly subdued reallyFloral, vaguelly spruce tip, sight hint of toffee.
Taste..smooth toffee, pear,grassy hop and a nice hint of juniper right at the very end.
Ok on the palate..nothing mind bending.
Not sure about this one at all..is this Sahti?
No idea never had a real one before.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid pour into my produces a two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a light amber hue that shows an almost brilliantly clear, bright copper / red color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of cascade hops, ample biscuit like malt character, some spicy grain notes, lots of grapefruit, some lychee like aromas and some light juicy fruit gum like notes. I don’t really notice the juniper, but I think that it is mixing in with the fruity hop notes and does seem to add a touch of spicy berry character to the more dominant fruit character. This smells like a nice hoppy ale, but I was hoping for more of the Sahti character coming through; other than this disappointment though this is quite a nice smelling beer.
Somewhat lighter than I was expecting and the beer has a cleaness that I associate with a bit too aggressive filtration process. Flavors of tangerine, lychee and ruby-red grapefruit are balanced by an almost turpene like spiciness towards the finish that seems to be from the juniper. This beer is fairly sweet, actually perhaps a bit too sweet in that it could use more hops or spice character to balance the sweetness. The body definitely has a fullness to it that keeps this from being quaffable. There is some nice backing malt character here that has a touch of spiciness to it, some toasty whole grain like notes, lots of lingering biscuit like character, and some caramelized-honey like malt sweetness.
Interesting perhaps, but not with the Sahti character that I was hoping for. I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed as the hops seem to dominate this beer. I can’t even just fully enjoy this as a hoppy beer as it comes off as being overly filtered and lacking in malt / hop complexity because of it.
bhensonb (11921) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours copper with a foamy off-white head. Mixed spice aroma. Med. body/sharpish carb. Flavor is a melange of spicy flavors. Grains of paradise? Chocolate? It’s drinkable beer, but confusing to me. Finishes not sweet, and not really bitter either. Whatever the flavor is, at least it is strong.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average amber pour. S mba ll head. Dirty sock aroma. Average, English pale ale taste. Malty, with a good hop balance. If you go for run of the mill, then go for this. Old book finish, but not really.
Ernest (6517) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cereal, dog food), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of dish rag / detergent, orange, sugar, medicine.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Ugh. Awful malt character and dirty/soapy odors all but ruin the aroma, and the only hint of juniper comes in a rather medicinal format rather than smelling like fresh evergreen. Clumsy and embarrassing.