jgb9348 (5565) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Crisp blonde coloured body with a soapy, large, dense tan head that leaves an ugly lace. Aroma of light hops, light sugars, light malt, a touch of flowers, some jasmine and a minor amount of yeast. Light-bodied; Assertive fresh hops up front that donít have any depth or body, a little sweetness behind and a very mild malty finish - very bland and unsupported. Aftertaste bland and clean with some floral notes, a tiny amount of hops and a little fresh fruit flavour. Overall, a pretty weak and mild beer - good for the size, but bad for the taste and quality of the beer. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at BevMo in Walnut Creek, California on 19-March-2011 sampled at home in Washington on 22-March-2011.
CheersMate (1339) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz. bomber from Full Throttle Bottles. Iím seeing a big frothy head sitting on-top of a golden/copper colored beer. Smells of pine, biscuits, and a little citrus. It does have a distinctly crisp aroma, but thereís nothing special here. Slightly biting pine hop flavor at first, and then I get this burnt biscuit taste. Well, it might not be exactly "burnt", but lets just say it tastes as though someone left the biscuits in the oven too long. Why am I talking about biscuits so much? This beer has a toasted malt flavor that isnít very good. There is a lasting, and caustic, bitterness that doesnít really sit well with my taste buds. This has a creamy, slick texture. Again, nothing special here, seeing that the flavor is mildly offensive. Still, Iím waiting for something to really change my opinion of this brewery.
DarkElf (3051) - 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 (3509) - 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 (2157) - 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 (1032) - 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 (6898) - 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 (8314) - 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.