blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, golden yellow with white foam , aroma is malty , caramel and pine, flavor is caramel, whiteout, hops, finish is medium
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich gold hue with copper highlights when held up to the light. Ooh, nice, this has a nice dank hoppiness to it that reminds me of a mix of citrus and hemp oils; fruity and dank with notes of menthol, some peppery tobacco, lots of herbaceous character, ruby red grapefruit zest, ripe tangelos, lychee and kumquat zest all play a prominent role. The hemp like and herbal notes are the dominant character here, but it is nicely supported by the hop fruitiness. If you really focus on the nose for a while and take it in the hop fruit notes become the dominant character though and the malt is purely a supporting role in the nose as I really don’t smell its presence at all.
Lightly bitter up front, the beer gets more bitter as it moves across the tongue, but it never gets abrasive; the bitterness is appropriate for a standard Pale Ale. The hop flavor on the other hand is nicely present, much more so than I was expecting before I popped the cap off this brew, but because the beer is so dry the hop flavors are actually muted quite a bit from what I got out of the nose. An ample carbonation adds some nice liveliness to this brew; this is certainly a beer meant for quaffing large quantities of and I would gladly do so. The fruitiness of the hops really isn’t as pronounced as I might have hopped, but this is definitely due to how dry this beer is, and I like that quality so I can’t really complain too much. Light notes of Meyer lemon zest, some tart lychee notes and a touch of tangelo play a secondary role to the bitterness and the herbal hop qualities of hemp seed, a touch of menthol, some peppery spice hop character and just a noticeable, but clean, herbal note that tends to linger on the palate. The malt clearly plays a supporting role, but does contribute a touch of biscuit / cracker character to the finish.
This is a very nice beer; I really like how drinkable and light it is, but I could wish for some more fruit-laden hop character here. I really like the aroma of this brew, if the taste had followed suit it would have been heaven.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from my buddy Bob Pours a clear golden with a decent off white head. The head is lasting and froathy. Lacing is good. Aroma is pine, and citrus. Has a good carbonation. the flavor is good. Slightly hoppy,a nd crisp. Very refreshing beer. has a good mouthfeel. The texture is just slightly dry. Has a medium body. The finish is good with a somewhat fruity aftertaste. This is tasty and good.
nsquishee (615) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrus, hops, and a bit of a skunky aroma. Pours a yellow-honey color with lacy white head. Citrusy, hoppy, and crisp, this pale ale is a solid session beer. Just mowed my lawn and this one is even tastier than normal.
al_b (36) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle thanks to Jay (fear025). Very light gold, clear with minimal head and little lacing. Aroma is light floral hops and citrus. Tastes light and slightly bitter. Very nice light palate, with a bit of lingering bitterness at the end. Very nice indeed.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, thanks to darklordlager for hooking me up with this beer.
Clear golden pour with a frothy white head, it’s a nice looking brew. It has a lightly hoppy flavor, with some nice citrus notes and finishes w/ a smooth malt balance. As New Glarus notes, this is a session beer and a very nice one indeed.
nimrod (73) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from New Glarus brewery. Poured clear and golden with nice floral and piney hop notes. Aroma was more present than the taste citrus, grass, and other tropical flavors. Minimal bitterness that lingered a bit. I wish I would have had this on a hot summer afternoon. Very refreshing.
sbanach (222) - Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at their oktoberfest celebration at the brewery. ..Aroma is very hoppy and notes of pineapple. The appearance is clear, light color, and a dash of amber app. There is no malt, but heavy hop presnsence. Aftertaste is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Touch of pineapple on the palate. Resembles an IPA in all respects. Great name for the brew.
decaturstevo (5215) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gold pour with white head and lace. Aroma is dominated by resiny hops. Flat dry malt flavor with a hint of bitter. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Just not what I hoped for.
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Translucent straw-orange body, medium tight off-white head. Soapy, grassy hops nose with citrus notes. Nice spicy hops body, floral and piny, with biscuity malts and a biting, bitter finish. Clean and assertive, a tasty session pale ale.