Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy chocolate, light coffee, and faint banana. It’s a cloudy dark amber with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with light-moderate chocolate, light banana, and citrus. The finish has light-moderate coffee, wheat, and a hint of lemon. It’s light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, kind of strange.
HonkeyBra (3643) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a golden color with a medium white head. Aroma of Chocolate, Coffee, and banana esters. Flavor is coffee grounds, chocolate, banana, clove. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. Finishes fruity and chocolatey. Pretty different,
DrSilverworm (7960) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster on tap at GTMW. Hazy golden orange color. Good finger of off-white head. Leaves good, thicker lace. Awesome coffee / banana nose. Some milk chocolate. Not sure why those flavors play so well together, but they do. Good hefe yeast in the flavor, light on the spice. Light to medium body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate sweet taste, moderate tangy, light to moderate bitter. Great tangy interesting flavorful creative way to do a hefeweizen. Impressive.
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap at brewery. Fruity hefe nose, a bit more tart that the Lolly Catcher. Hazy golden with foamy white head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts with a bit of tartness, wheat, and citrus. Can taste the coffee but no chocolate. Tart finish with light coffee after. Doesn’t work for me.
BOSSbrewer (2302) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at their taproom in Grand Haven. Pour was a hazy golden yellow. Aroma is some yeastiness, but more coffee and nutty. Very curious beer. Not expecting the coffee at all - in light of the color. But this was interesting. Didn’t get any banana at all, but still nice.
tectactoe (2952) - Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: Cloudy golden color, semi-translucent with a foamy layer of lasting, white froth on top. Aroma is mainly ground up coffee beans & loads of vanilla. Not sure where the vanilla is coming from... maybe somewhere from the hefe yeast blending with the coffee? It’s nice, though. Some typical banana-esque esters are there, but merely tertiary to the coffee & vanilla. Taste is also heavy coffee bean with a dryness all around. Light vanilla, there’s actually more banana & clove present on the palate. A touch of creamy sweetness, although the mouth feel is not up to part with where hefes should be, a touch thin. An improvement over the original Lolly Catcher (or Banana Hammock, whatever). A little more body & prominent banana esters would make this an awesome brew.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flight pour on tap at the brewpub (Grand Haven, MI). Pours a hazy golden hue,a bit darker and dulled with some nice glow. Firmer offwhite head sticks around, nice layer dies to thicker ring, laces well. Aromas are fresh coffee grounds, cocoa nibs, a bit of banana, flaked wheat, bread, gentle dough. Some earth, more wet and old coffee but firm and bitter. Initial is a firmer coffee element, a bit roasty with cocoa nibs, some earth, gentle pretzel and cocoa. Some touches of banana and faint citrus. Touches of banana, lemon and gentle tartness into the middle cut into that earthy, firm roast. Touches of Tootsie Roll, cocoa powder and earthy coffee linger. Backend is a bit fruity, dry but with touches of banana, mellow clove and spice. More earthy lingering coffee roast and cocoa powder hang on. Finish is dry, earthy, cocoa powder and touches of banana. The treatment seems a touch overdone but shows some good flavor and contrast. I think this is better than regular Lolly but I’m also a degenerate coffee drinker. Nice and flavorful. Nice.
MrBunn (2528) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Odd Side. Pours a hazy gold with a thin head and aromas of lemon and chocolate. Flavor is an odd mix that goes from lemon to chocolate to light coffee and then back. Really interesting beer and I love what Odd Side does with coffee in their light beers.