ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a dark copper, a bit brownish, but with noted clarity and capped by a finger of whitish froth.
Smell: Biscuity, toasty malts in the nose leaning more towards the biscuit with a leafy, minutely earthy hop scent underneath.
Taste: Biscuity, whole-grain toasty malts leaning more towards the toast with small amount of toffee-esque sweetness. Hint of apple skin. Leafy, faintly woodsy hop profile provides a slightly over-steeped tea character with no more than enough bitterness to balance out the sweetness. Finishes near-dry with that small amount of bitterness lingering into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. It may be a bit thin, but it still has some creaminess to it.
Overall: Not great, but not bad, either, it’s certainly a passable brew, whereas the Summer and Werewolf were, for me, atrocious.
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2011
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This is one terrible beer. OK, now to the rating. Dark copper, no head at all. Aroma is metallic, taste is a hodge-podge of sweet, sour, bitter, more metallic, and absolutely flat body- i.e., no carbonation whatsoever. Like drinking sweet iced tea that you get at McDonald’s. How disappointing given how much I like the Brown Ale. A 6-pack drain pour- arrgh! Steer clear of this one.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Picked up single 12-oz bottle at Heritage Liquors in Maplewood, MN. Pours a clear dark penny copper colored brew with a quick dissipating off-white head that leaves behind minimal lacing and a thin white ring. Aroma of multi-grain and caramel malt, some grassy hops and a touch of biscuit. Taste is light to medium bodied, toasted caramel malt with some biscuit character and very light grassy hops. Finish is semi-dry with some vegetable notes, then a crisp and clean cut aftertaste with minimal bitterness. This beer style is closer to a light English Pale Ale than an IPA.
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 28, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Thin, off white head. Flavor is a bit skunky with earthy, grassy hop taste. Another in a growing line of seasonal disappointments from Newcastle. They should just stick with what they know.
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the 2011 Fall NOVA Beerfest, 10/22/11. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of floral and minty hops with a fruity finish. The taste is earthy, floral and fruity notes with a caramel malt finish. Medium bodied.