riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is floral, lightly citrusy with notes of biscuit and toasted malts. Pours golden, decently lasting head and lace. The flavor is dry and biscuity, toasty, with mostly floral notes and light citrus. Dry and light, easy to drink. Decent, but not that interesting to me.
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber with nice white head. Slightly dirty citrus and floral scent. Strong hops on a soft biscuit malt. Long grapefruit finish. Some woody notes throughout. For a session I might have gone lower ABV but it is a nice drinker.
Sammer (1006) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep golden pour from bottle. Nice white head. Aroma is pine and bread. Taste is citrus, light hops and grass. A very clean, very enjoyable beer. I would drink this one again for sure.
RedSox2004 (1100) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear gold with a bright white fluffy head and very nice lacing. Bright citrus aromas with hints of crystal malts. Nicely balanced flavors of slightly sweet bready malts and crisp hops bitterness, featuring an almost-tart lemony taste. Light to medium body, highly carbonated, and super clean crisp finish. Perhaps the best lawnmower beer made.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Slightly hazy orange/yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops with some light caramel and toast. The flavor starts fairly bitter with a smooth malt sweetness to provide balance. Medium body with average carbonation and a clean, bitter finish. This is a really nice Pale, a bit on the bitter/hoppy side which suits me fine.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from BevMo Mountain View.
Brilliant clear golden in color with a lasting white head and excellent lacing that totally coats the glass.
The aroma is like a spring rain (I assume thatís where the name comes from). Some wet leaves and earth for sure, along with pale malt and herbal notes.
The flavor has pale malt and just a touch of caramel, with considerable hop bitterness, herbal and earthy.
Dry and crisp on the mouthfeel with medium body and a good lightness to it.
Good stuff, a real beerís beer as I like to say, not something that an old redneck would think was to froofy-froofy, but still tasty. I approve.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark golden with a fizzy white head. Sweet floral malty and bready aroma and taste with nice citrus and fruit notes and a crisp finish.
jgb9348 (4439) - 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 (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, 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 (3014) - 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)