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Named after New Haven’s nickname: the Elm City (but not to be confused with Elm City Connecticut Ale!) It is a true German Pilsner: crisp, refreshing, pronounced. Perfectly balanced pilsner malt made with all German ingredients and Hallertaur hops. It is a perfect compliment to a hot summer’s day! It’s definitely not your grandfather’s beer, but it’s what your grandfather’s beer was trying to be. A must have!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Pours a a slightly hazy golden color with a large foamy white head. Aroma is dominated by grassy and floral hops, accompanied by hints of caramel and crisp grainy aromas. Flavor starts mildy sweet and grainy, then meets up with floral and spicy hops. The hop profile for this beer is spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Pale, chill-hazed yellow. Loose layer of white bubbles. Fragrant, hugely lemony Hallertauer aroma with touches of glaze, straw, grassy hops, and unripe honeydew. Loose, fuzzily soft carbonation. Extremely soft and alelike in nature, with an abundance of slippery fruitiness and gentle acidity. Muted glazed malt flavor. Juicy hops permeate the palate and exaggerate the citrusy acidity. Mildly spicy hop bitterness intensifies late and continues to linger well after the swallow. As it breathes and approaches 60F, doughy malts and minerals arise to beef up the body along with a gritty pear and coarse/lime zesty hop fusion. However, there’s an unclean/soapy yeast taste that eventually clashes with the hop bitterness and the undefined maltiness. Finishes less dry, although extremely juicy and lemon pulpy, with a culmination of sweet doughy malts and coarse, herbal bitterness. A very nice Pils, despite an overly/unclean yeasty flavor and aroma. Open your mind and don’t be fooled by the can, because this is so much more than a novelty. Trust me. Thx, Prof!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2004 Rerate: Of three cans, one was spectacular, one was mediocre and one was merely great - given the variability I'm marking down from the original 4.1 overall to 4.0 - Original rating: The simplest of beers. Even though I loved the simplicity of New Holland’s Full Circle, this is way beyond that. Light golden, slightly oily body, this is a classic in the bready soudough, slightly sweet pilsner malt blending with robust spicy (very flowers and pencil shavings) hallertau - FABULOUS pils, and from a can!! Thanks to the CT LV!!

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