Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Poured medium orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up sour orange peel and grainy notes, along with faint lighter fruits and hay.. rather bizarre. The flavor had an almost oppressive continuation of that sourness, and I hope it wasnít intentional.. refreshing orange zest rides around the edges, along with some grains of paradise spicage.. this didnít do it for me. Sour on the palate, which would have been fine if it was backed off a bit.. dry, sour, and spicy finish. Not so good.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rust/orange/copper in color, this beer poured a 1/4" head that dissipated rather quickly and barely left any lacing. The nose showed a mix of piney hops and sweet malt with scents of brown sugar, caramel, pine, grapefruit, orange and pumpkin. In the mouth begins with grapefuit hops initially hitting the palate and remainis sour throughout the midpalate and even the finish which adds some dryness. There is the slightest touch of sweetness in the midpalate but other than that the malt seems to be non-existant in the palate. Overall, this is a nice beer though rather unremarkable.
auerbrau (2952) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 Oz Bottle (At the least an older bottle). Weak bretty nose; sour coconut, lush apple, banana cream and light yuzu zest. Bits of malty sugar. Pours a deep gold, with pale edges and a rocky soap of white. Flavor is generally pretty mild. First, some tart sour Brett lemon juice, then a wash of bland sugar and finally a reminiscence of hops. I donít believe this was intended to be a Brett beer, but me loving accidental Brett beers, this is interesting. Itís possible thereís a good bit of Lacto in here too and Iím just not picking up on it directly. There is some unsettling melon bitterness in the smack, but itís not terrible. Thereís really nothing happening behind the Brett, so unique yeast flavors or malt character. Instead, just a plain base of a now dryly, refreshing Brett beer. Higher alcohol makes this unique. Definitely some Asian pear and green tomato further down. A tasty accident. Thanks Sean!
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
dark golden yellow, scant head, big sweet candy aroma, tart malt flavor with a sour twist, light spicy character,
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 7/20
freon (1) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2007 does not count
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I was pretty disappointed by this beer. I paid $10.99 for a 4 pack.
Very flat texture, little flavor, no character. Itíll get you drunk fast if nothing else. I only give it points because it leaves a clean touch on the tongue with only a hint of bitterness. Not for the hop head. Perhaps for the aristocrat who just canít be seen with a Bud Light in their hand.
I would recommend any number of other beers in its place. Particularly Sam Smith Pure Brewed Lager.
rshah16 (39) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours hazy orange color. little head and low carbonation. taste is sour white grapes. alcohol is a well hidden given it is 9%. finishes dry.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Samís Downerís Grove
Phi pours the color of iced tea but absolutely glows when held to the light. Minimal carbonation rise slowly along the sides of the glass. A thin cap formed on an aggressive pour. Leaves drink lines after each sip.
Aroma is strange. White grapes start things off but are quickly followed by a dirty scent and a sweet sugary maltiness. Flowery and sweet. The aroma isnít all that appetizing. Not bad but not very good either.
Flavor starts off with the white grapes, somewhat sweet but also tart. Flowery mid palate with a powdery yeast finish. Not bad but that dirty flavor comes around and taints things.
Body is on the thicker side of medium and coating. Finishes bone dry.
Iíd drink another of these but that would be it. A little to viscous to drink too much.
Decent beer from New Holland. I donít know if this was brewed again in the last few months or what but this was purchased about 2 months ago. According to the website last brewing was 2005.
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated 9/15/06: Based on some quick research I believe this Phi is a 2005 edition, the abv listed on the bottle is 9%. Pours a nice medium orange/burnt yellow with a medium white head and tons of lacing followed by strong carbonation. Aroma is sour and fruity. Very sweet to the taste buds at first which soon becomes sour and acidic. Tangy and fruity as well this ale is very interesting. The alcohol is well hidden. Rich on the palate with a sour finish that is dry. Perplexing and rather tasty.
FoolishMortal (981) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle. Hazy orange-gold with a thin film of white head. Sweet, bready malt with banana and appleskin in the aroma. Turning apple and grapeskin tartness with a slight earthen herbal hop component. Fruity esters emerge in the finish with a resurging malty sweetness, fades to a metallic astringency. Mouthfeel is medium, rather dry.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a rapidly fleeting white head. The aroma is of big banana esters and Johnsonís paste wax. This beer has an extreme sourness. At first, I thought it had gone bad, but then convinced myself that it was supposed to be a flemmish sour, and I was just crazy. Then, I read that it is a "strong Ale." So now Iím totally confused. This has a big tannin-filled astringency. Sour grape fruitiness. Milky mid-palate. Very fast finish. A mixture of sweet tarts and battery acid.