DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
04-May-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 02-May-10 for $3.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA)
Comparing a fresh bottle of Spring Reign against a one-year aged bottle. This fresh beer pours a hazy, golden-orange body topped by half an inch of off-white head that settles slowly to a thin layer and bubbly ring. The beer is noticeably hoppy, resiny, floral, piney, citrusy and bitter, and the hops really dominates the gentle malt base. The heavy floral component lends a general English character to an otherwise Pacific Northwest style of beer. There is a spicy, almost caraway flavor, but the finish is mostly just brash hop flavor and bitterness. Body is light to medium and carbonation is average, but the hop bitterness is fairly resiny and very dry. The nose shows better balance than the flavor, with the floral and citrusy hops sharing the stage with the dry, toasty malts. Lacing consists of an intricate crystal structure decorating a good portion of the upper glass. Overall, this isnít a bad beer, but itís not my style of beer. Not a fan when fresh, but I like it better with some age, which I know isnít the point of a beer like this, but what can I say? (5, 3, 4, 2, 9 = 2.3)
04-May-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 17-Apr-09 for $3.99 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA)
This aged bottle has a much fruitier taste, but even after one year, the hops are still fairly important here, though they are markedly less bright and brash, and the beer is generally more balanced. As a result, the toastiness of the malt is much more apparent. Likewise, the nose is more malty too, with the toastiness jumping out. Body is light-medium and carbonation has held nicely, but the palate isnít harsh or resiny. In the glass, itís the same golden-orange color and quite hazy, and the off-white head is tall and fluffy, showing solid retention over the session. Overall, though this still isnít a beer Iím likely to want to try again, it definitely appeals more to me when itís aged and the hoppy edge is taken off. But thatís pretty common for me. (6, 3, 5, 3, 11 = 2.8)
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Hop aroma, light golden color with a lacing head. Bitter in taste but with a well balanced finish. Very easy drinker!
Aubrey (3453) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium body, snappy hops and 6 percent ABV may be a bit too much for some, but this is a highly sessionable beer to me. Malts are toasty and cracker-like with a subtle, cake-like sweetness. Hops are extremely flowery and somewhat citrusy (lemon mostly). A grassy bitterness lingers for a good amount of time on the tongue and continues to waft with floral notes. Good stuff. I think Iíll have another.
tmongoose (1400) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle..if this is a session beer then its a very good one. great floral and citrus nose. hazy yellowish orange color and nice lacing. the flavor of the hops is very nice for such a light beer. if i could get it here i would buy it. works great with sushi.
Getbetter (894) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle,citrus hops,white head,medium body,cloudy, golden, average carbonation, Great beer for the price.
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Pandoraís in Twin Falls
Appearance: Clear gold/amber with a nice off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Floral and sweet malts
Taste; Sweet malts, yeasty, piney with a bitter/herbal finish <br.
bb (6860) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream colored head. light grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light grain flavor. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and light pine lingers with light grain.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and iíd definitely get it again. Just didnít knock my socks off. Good for the style, nice body, just wanted a bit more aroma.
J_man (734) - Tustin, California, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2011 Aroma is full of hops (I think mostly Cascade) and cereal malt. Hazy yellow with a little bit of orange and a white, finely bubbled head. Nice bitter grassy hop bit right up front that follow all the way through the finish with some grapefruit at the end. Well balanced with the light toasted malt and a little honey sweetness in the finish. Hops are strong but not overpowering or resiny. An excellent warm weather beer with some real character!
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fannntastic for me! Has that toasty, malty salty sunflower palate. The body and flavor remind me of a big west coast Irish red ale. Organic personality. Finish is slightly sweet up front and then ends with bitter dry malty hops. If you can get this donít pass it up. Itís a real treat. Iíve got to get me some more. Awesome!