after4ever (6093) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Pours a somewhat hazy bronzed medium amber with a loose and thin tan head. Drippy lace. Bit heavy-handed with the caramel on the nose, almost like a candy bar melting in the sun. The juniper and rye just emphasize the sweetness of all the residual sugars in this. Creamy medium body with prickly carb, though not much of it. That gin flavor juniper, along with the spiciness of the rye, kick up a little on the mid palate, flowing under the river of malty caramel notes. You can almost feel the angry little imprisoned sugar molecules trapped in this beer, slashing rebelliously against your mouthflesh on their way to their doom, it’s just sharp and prickly and coruscating. Overbearing and oversweet.
robertjm (762) - Albany, California, USA - JUL 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opens up with a one finger head that pretty much disappears by the time I walk to the other room. Clear amber colored body. Orangy aroma. Juniper comes through in the flavor, as does the rye backbone. Cascade hops sure are nowhere to be found. Bit of a "twang" in the back end. Definitely worth trying, especially for those that like non-traditional beers.
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured into a tall flute.
The pour is a soft orange yellow with some soft head produced.
the aroma is very minimal, not a whole lot of much.... some sweetness and some very minimal hop presence.
the taste is almost non-existent. upfront the is a weird bland american ale taste to it. Sort of mild hops with a little sweetness and almost no juniper presence. The is almost nothing on the mid or back palate... just falls right off.
it is an easy drinker for sure... but i am a bit let down by this beer.
not great for taste or for the sahti style.
HonkeyBra (3286) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle. Medium orange pour with a small white head. Aroma of some bread dough, crackers, some spruce and citrus peel. Flavor is doughy with some spice, juniper, and spruce. Vegetal plants, citrus. The more I drink this the more it tastes like a spiced version of fat tire. Blegh. Thin to medium bodied. I feel like this fat tire ale base gets dragged out way too often by New Belgium. Wouldn’t ever buy or drink this again.
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy hoppy aroma. Sweetish malty fruity spicy caramel flavor with hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy warming finish.
larsga (6146) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium offwhite head. Hazy deep yellow body. Fruity resiny papery aroma with herbal notes. Dry-sweet resiny spicy cinnamon taste with honeyish mealy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild mealy mouthfeel. Dry resiny honey aftertaste with mealy fruity notes. Nice, but a bit old, and nothing at all to do with sahti. (0.65l bottle, Café Amsterdam, San Francisco.)
rubbishystuff (1813) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I didn’t think that this was particularly junipery. Some spices a little sweet. Slightly oily mouth feel but not in a bad way. I have to say I kind of liked it. Serving: Bottle
jc4031 (129) - Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
out of bottle, this beer was light and crisp with some peppery spiciness to it probably wouldnt go out of my way to get this one again, but fun to try
Tmoney99 (10471) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear copper color with an average white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate aroma of citrus, leaves and earthy. Medium body with smooth dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium citrus bittersweet flavor with a medium complex bitter sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting complex brew.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Kansas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bomber. I’ve seen this several times but never picked one up, until last night. I’m not really sure what to expect out of this beer. The label states it’s a Finnish Rye and that it’s got some hops in it. Little to no head, cloudy appearance, murky carbonation. Color is a nice amber brown, cinnamon. Aroma isn’t as big as I had hoped for – guess those hops aren’t used for aroma. I can pick out the rye and some caramel malt sweetness. Pretty disappointing really. Luckily the beer makes up for it in the taste department, as there’s lots of things going on. The spice of the rye really hits you first, it kind of punches you in the mouth and makes you sit up and take notice. Unfortunately, from there things sort of wash out in the middle, as the mouth is still reeling from the initial hit of rye. However the beer makes a comeback, finishing with floral juniper and citrusy hop bitterness. This is clearly and almost makes up for the lack of complexity in the middle. Mouthfeel is sufficiently slick though never oily, with medium carbonation. It’s somewhat watery – I find myself wanting the body of the beer to be a little bit heartier. There’s a little bit of a hint of alcohol esters in the middle of the beer but nothing outlandish – and I’m relatively sensitive to those so you may not even notice. Overall this is an interesting though slightly disappointing beer.