invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Pours a clear straw color with a nice white head. The aroma is of clean hop notes.. It goes down with a light body and slightly bready malt quality. It finishes with crisp hop finish. Pretty balanced, though. I normally do not like pilsners too much but this beer is quickly becoming a favorite.
JoeM500 (1904) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy yellow, wit-looking with a thin head. Heavy scotch malt flavor, very dry. Some grassiness at finish. Simple.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - AUG 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle no BBD date Pale straw, dead head, slight ring of foam and lace...earthy, doughy slightly hop spicy aroma. Nice balance, light body, crisp dry bitter finish. Something like a light pils meets a bitter. Yeast flavor apparent. Watery with very little carbonation. More malt & hops than a Heineken though. Nothing ponderous or offensive. A safe micro.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3rd of 4 New Hollands in my current cellar. Haven’t had Full Circle and am very eager to try it. A deceptively simple beer full circle is. Don’t get me wrong its very well done but not complex in any way. I don’t know I would have named this kind of beer Full Circle. Its good and worth trying but it doesn’t overpower you. Very nice beer.
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m going into this with low expectations, clear yellow appearance with a fizzy white head, pissy malt-lager aroma, at this point I’m assuming the worst and then POW! where did all of these bitters come from? hops take over the malts, subtle hints of citrus, smooth light mouthfeel, bitter finish that masks the typical water feel that I associate with lagers, if I hadn’t tried it for myself I would have thrown this into the booooo holland category, I’m not saying this is great but its definatly not bad and is likely underated, I dig the celtic knot design as well.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade from bkelley68, thanks Brian!) Pretty solid micro pale lager that in fact might qualify as a German style pilsner; Lightly malty, but well hopped in comparison, so despite being marketed as a "single malt beer," the spicy, moderately bitter hops definitely takes center stage here; The finish is fairly hoppy, with some moderate bitterness and slightly sweet; Very clean, crisp and dry palate; The nose is moderately hoppy; Pale yellow in color, and fairly hazy; Off-white head gradually fades to a small ring, so retention is about average; Some modest lacing here and there
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dry and bitter, with slight citrus flavor, boring and unmemorable, not what I was expecting. Didn’t care too much for it at all.
Dogbrick (7839) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As a full on beer geek, I am a little leery when a beer label brags about using a single solitary hop and just one malt. However this beer is not too bad at all, despite its simplicity. Pours a pale golden color with a miniscule off-white head. Thin lacing. Ther aroma is lightly hoppy with a pinch of citrus. Light-bodied and dry, with a back-to-basics hops and malt profile that is a refreshing flavor. There is also a tiny bit of fruitiness. The finish is crisp and dry. This beer won’t win any awards but I appreciate a straightforward easy-drinking beer that actually has flavor any day.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 22, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was not awful, but it was just kind of weak and boring. Some nice fruity flavors mix well with just a bit of hops, but the malt backbone I thought was kind of weak and did not compliment the rest of the beer as a whole. Finish is dry and slightly peppery, with just a hint of acidity.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2004 Fascinating. I really had no idea what style this was as I drank it. It sort of reminded me of a North German pilsner, with its wicked blunt bitterness, but then it also this very tame fruity golden ale quality to it, as well as Saaz spice and lemon. Which of course makes it all the more amusing that it is just one malt and one hop. Quite complex, actually. And I simply cannot believe this is only 30 IBU. Actually, now that I drink more of it, it is definitely a German pilsner in style. Bitter and flowery and really wonderful.