chinchill (3888) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, dated "best before" 4 Sept. 2011, served in a pint glass. (from notes)
Pours golden/light amber with an ample white head. Appears to have light, fine carbonation.
Aroma: some nice fruitiness, with a clear note of apricot, over a bed of light toasted grains, Centennial hops and baked bread.
Apricot is in the flavor as well, but the beer is not sweet. Instead, NB has achieved an excellent balance of sweet, tart and bitter. Other flavor components include some pepperiness (white), ginger, hops and lemon. These too are excellently balanced in this easy drinking but moderately complex and certainly interesting brew.
M - mildly crisp with a semi-dry and moderately tart finish. Excellent carbonation. Medium-light body.
O - a pleasant surprise. Although Somersault has a different flavor profile, there’s enough similarity for me to highly recommend this to fans of Magic Hat #9. This one is probably best-of-style for me so far and one I anticipate seeking out in the future.
Aurelius (4937) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright, hoppy APA aroma with honeyish tones. Good bottle, interesting label, clear pale gold brew. Tangy, lemony tea is my first impression. And my second. Medium body. Meh. ABC Liquors, Bull Run.
Bacchus66 (60) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well suited for what appears to be its intended purpose - a light, refreshing summer ale. The low alcohol means you can have a few extra to keep cool. Pours clear orange-yellow with a thin white head. Citrus, grass, hints of yeast, flavors are the same. Crisp light body, enjoyable.
mmmbeer (1375) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle served in a shaker- poured a transparent yellow with slight orange tint, one finger head formed and did stay around for awhile while I had a smoke, very light lacing upon the vessel. Aroma of hops ( I smell saaz, not centennial). Hits the mouth with a light-medium body, malt tastes like it was bathed in sunshine before the hot water hit it- which works in this case, middle has orange, apricot, and lemons in it, finish is slightly dry with a small ginger crunch to it. Nice.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Clear copper, large foamy white head, decent retention. Aroma of tropical, citrus hops, pale malt, hay. The taste is doughy malt, juicy fruits, spicy, citrus, floral hops. Medium bodied, moderate lingering bitterness, high carbonation.
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the tap room. Pours a clear orange-straw color with a medium white head that burns away steadily. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus, grassy hops and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of sweet citrus, herbal hops and toasty malt. The finish is mildly bitter with a hops and slight ginger aftertaste. Decent overall.
ckilly (39) - Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fresh, light per for summer brew. The fruity palate is not on a hot summer evening.
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VungTauMantis (9) - Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2015 does not count
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
I did not care for this at all. It tasted like it had too much lemon hints in it. Not a bad thing, but it really washes out the rest of the beer.
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solidfunk (6843) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Random golden ale. Some sour kind of citrus. Pours amber with OK head. Finish falls off completely. Boring. Tap at Churchkey.
BlackHaddock (5756) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle in my hotel room ( Oceanside, California) on 27th May 2015. Poured into a plastic beaker while watching ’shit TV’. Clear golden body, the head a full and lasting white covering. Aroma is loose with a mild fruit hint, the taste is also leaning towards fruity flavours with a malt backbone. Refreshing yet lacking in flavour and depth. I think this is the worst score I have given a ber from these guys at this brewery.