Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 1, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very pale cloudy straw color, with a small layer of coarse white head that fades quickly. Very lot threshold of aroma. What is there is soured corn and vaguely grassy hops. Some mild dill hop flavor, strange sour malt, abrupt dry finish. Medium body. Kind of lifelless on the palate. I have to wonder if the bottle I am tasttng is a bit past itís prime. This is not bad, but certainly a confusing tasting. The sourness is actually kind of refreshing and interesting, but also a bit off, and I just canít believe it is intentional in a cream ale.
Ebonheart (12) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I honestly did not understand this beer. Almost no hops flavor, compounded by an overly aggressive corn taste (I always thought that was a bad thing?). It had almost no taste, and a rather bad aftertaste. Just not my style of beer.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2006 Light to medium yellow pour with a decent amount of carbonation. Smells a bit of funky hops. Some yeast, corn and fruitty flavors in the taste. Fairly unique flavor profile. Slighty sour taste as expected in a farmhouse ale.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Straw gold. Nose bready, honey, some fruitiness. Unimpressive more or less, some toastiness, bit of lemon, fruit, a bit of corn. Not bad, just far from remarkable.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy straw with a creamy head. Heavy fruit nose of raspberries and sauvignon blanc. Flavor is smooth and less flavorful than the aroma promised. Some mild peachiness. Low CO2 makes for a less lush body.
muddy67 (3) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2005 does not count
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Totally unimpressed with this beer. Iím surprised it makes up most of their sales. Unpleasantly dry, little to no hops flavor. Smooth texture makes it drinkable and cask conditioning is apparent, but otherwise unremarkable.
chadu (4) - West Peoria, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2005 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A local brew to my hometown area, this hazy brew has a nice mouthfeel and goes well with Wisconsin fare (Brats, Beans, etc.) The slightly fruity taste gives way to a nice finish for this refreshing but overall unremarkable beer.
mephisto (1270) - TAIWAN - JUL 5, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottled, a gift from the neighbor. golden color w/ a thin white head. sweet floral aroma accompanied w/ fruity taste. not bad.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with footbalm, thanks Eric!) I openly admit to not liking this style of beer at all, but I still enjoy rating beers, good and bad. This beer is not good, at least not for my tastes. Itís dominated by a prominent flavor of corn, with hints of citrus and honey, plus a very gentle bitterness thatís barely perceptible. Obvious aroma of corn, plus some citrus and honey, with the honey standing out a bit more in the nose than in the flavor. Thin bodied, but fairly soft on the palate. Looks pretty lifeless in the glass, barely managing a thin film of white head before rapidly dissipating into oblivion, leaving just the cloudy, sickly yellow liquid. Definitely not my style of beer, but for the style, I guess this is okay.
PorterPounder (5713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap at Buzzard Billyís in downtown LaCrosse, WI. Pours a cloudy medium golden with a slight white head. Sweet, honey-like aroma with some buttery notes. Flavor has some of the same buttery notes with an underlying essence of butterscotch - took me a while to pin it down. Some honey notes in there as was. Thick, creamy mouthfeel - excellent with food and very refeshing on this 98 degree Wisconsin afternoon.