Aubrey (3480) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Contrary to popular opinion, I don't think this beer is as great as it's made out to be. Sure, it's good, but I don't think it's great. It has a sweet malt base (sugary and caramel-like) with some nice fruity notes, but I found it a little cloying. Mild hop bitterness just wasn't enough to balance things out, either. However, I did like the hop aromas (spicy and herbal). Overall, it was pleasant and relatively easy to drink, without being sharp, but it just doesn't click with me.
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange colored with a big airy head and lots of carbonation. Fine fruity musty aroma-orange, apple, grapefruit. Tasty and quite drinkable, tart, malty and citrusy, with a refined aged character to it. The Hennepin I tried recently tasted corky but this one was just right. Dryish finish with a subtle melon like sweetness-excellent!
Frank (3138) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange, big cream-colored head. Sweet spicy aroma. A bit thick with brisk carbonation. Simple and sweet but tasty.
aracauna (3174) - Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, rich amber body has a nice glow. The head starts off big-bubbled and a bit fizzy, but settles into a nice cream-colored melted icecream layer that doesn't seem to get any thinner. Plentiful streaming carbonation gives the beer a sense of being alive. Very estery aroma, a bit herbal and some vague fruit. The flavor is surprisingly dry, when starts me off calling it thin, but is perhaps better labeled as subtle. The fruit and herbs of the end are quite pleasant, but there's a slight metallic bitterness detracts a bit.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange amber beer with a lasting off white frothy head. Earthy and raisiny malt aromas start if off, then woody, sweet malty and some alcohol aromas as it warms, along with a light fruitiness. Malty and well balanced, finish is dry and lightly bitter w/ asome dried white raisin flavors in the aftertaste. Alcohol is very apparent in the flavor even though alcohol seems lighter than typical Belgian style and a light fruitiness. There seems to be a strong woody flavor and a bit of acidic sharpness as well. Medium bodied w/ higher level of carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel, light warming from alcohol. I seem to remember this beer being a little better the last time I had it, and it seems to lack a little complexity. Maybe this is a younger bottle and need a couple more months, but I'll re rate if I come accross a better bottle.
JK (4750) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of malt and banana. Light brown and cloudy. Heavily carbonated. Small but thick head. Flavor of malt, and it is a powerful flavor. Also some herbal and acidic flavors. Not simple, but not quite complex. Thick and heavy. Good stuff.
pivo (2610) - GERMANY - DEC 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Melon-like aromas, cloudy orange color, huge tan head. Full mouthed bread-like malt body witha orange and apricot notes. Tangy finish. Fat body and really sophisticated.
YogiBeera (2516) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice orange, grape and pepper aroma. Wonderful big frothy head, leaving brussels laces on the glass. Liveley carbonation. Nice bitter grape taste, kind of pepperz too but still smooth with an medium aftertaste. Well balanced / Great
egajdzis (5458) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 Poured a red orange color with a small, quickly diminishing head and not much lacing. Orange, hop, coriander aroma. Sweet, caramel, malt, spice taste. Average mouthfeel.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Define "Artisanal Strong Pale Ale." Sierra Nevada Pale Ale this ain't. Well, combine that with a Triple and you're there with this beer..
Pours a cloudy honey color with a very thick head that hangs around for a while. No lace.
Smells very fruity. I'm thinking bananas and lemons with a hint of hops.
Tastes even more like bananas with a strong citrus aftertaste that's quite pleasant.
Mouthfeel is foamy but not very thick. Drinkability is pretty good, but I wouldn't want too many of these in a row without something to eat in between.