FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2004 This beer was sampled atthe AHA NHC 2004, it is loosely based on De Ranke’s XX bitter. Aged for One year by the brewery.
This beer pours a hazy straw color. It has a great complex yeast driven nose that is joined by lots of hop character. I get aromatic notes of musty leather, citrus, and an amarillo hop character. The taste is spritzy, with a hoppiness that is certainly American in flavor. It has a very dry slightly acidic finish, with spicy notes and an herbal grassiness to it. this beer is light bodied and clean in some ways, despite the characterful yeast notes. This beer is a great combination of American hops and funky yeast driven spice notes.
egajdzis (5699) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a small white head and nice lacing. Citrusy aroma or yeast, cheese and hops. Perfumy taste of hops, yeast and coriander. Average mouthfeel, and it finished with a dry, almost soapy taste. An interesting APA, I thought this was Belgian somehow.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden. Smallish head. Fruity aromas. Slightly tart with complex spiciness but no spices added. Orval yeast strain gives an intersting flavor.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very clear, deep gold color. Sweet, mildly lemony aroma with a bit of candy in it. Very lemony, but not lemony bitterness. Definitely hoppy, but the lemon flavor lingers (like lemon flavored confectioners sugar with some jazzy hop bitterness). Very nice.
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear apple juice with small white head. Aroma is sweet, fruity (peach/apricot). Taste is pine/grapefruit, fruity (peach/apricot), some tartness. Medium body, crisp.