Beaver (1340) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a monstrous rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is subdued - grainy malts and a little fruit with some floral perfumey hops.
The flavor is sweet grainy malts, a little fruit and a little rye with a medium bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.
Overall, itís a decent amber but a bit uninteresting and pricey at $11 per 4 pack.
Scrapersnbeer (1491) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeasty, ester and spice filled aroma. Hazy orange with long lasting foam head. Nice bitter front, almost a sourdough finish. Like many rye ales, itís heavier than you think at first, and kind of chewy. Very delicious beer as expected from this brewer. RB needs a rye specific category as there are so many these days.
Finhead (1215) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A hazy, amber pour with a large, frothy white head. The aroma is a little earthy with some rye bread. It has a medium body with slick texture and lively carbonation. The taste is sweet, but it also has some sour touches toward the finish.
IndyBeerSnob (132) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour. Aroma of bready peach apple with a wonderous head and awesome medium clear dark orange color. Taste is immediate bread malt tree fruit with a settling finish. No lingering effects on this one. One of the best low gravity offerings from Cooperstown.
hopscotch (9518) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours hazy and dirty-orange with a mid-sized, fluffy, white head. Good retention. The nose is grainy and spicy - spicy grains mingle nicely with spicy phenols and banana. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. The bittersweet flavor and finish offer spicy hops, spicy grains and spicy phenols. Crazy stuff, but it works.
Slipstream (2076) - USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Foamy pour on a dark amber base. The malt and yeast aroma says beer. The flavor is malty with a dash of sharp hops. It is a little like an Oktoberfest. There are some out of place sugars. Brewed with oats and rye along with the barley, and maybe some type of Belgian yeast? Not bad, but not superior. I have been losing interest in Ommegang since they jacked up their prices in the last year or two.
SSSteve (3828) - - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. lightly hazy amber with a medium sized, fluffy, cream colored head. peaches with toasted pie crust in aroma like a peach cobbler. flavor has lots of toast and bready pie crust maltiness. hops taste like bruised peaches. carbonation is a bit fine and nippy, but the thick maltiness and oat addition helps mellow it. medium bodied.
bubbleflubber (1853) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper-orange pour with a soapy head that leaves soap lacing. The nose is truly Belgian, with yeast and sweet doughy notes. Flavors of sweet malt, light dough, grains and melony citrus dominate. The finish definitely shows the assertive rye accents. Well-balanced, the mouthfeel is smooth with semi-soft carbonation, leaving a creamy, medium-bodied palate. This is a nice Belgian offering from Ommegang. Thoroughly enjoyable!
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 10/21/2012. 12 oz. bottle poured into a regular glass.
A: Pours a murky tawny color. The head is a three finger offwhite color with fantastic retention - even after a minute, itís still one finger high. A generally great looking beer.
S: Bready, grainy, and earthy. Itís quite malty, but at the same time, itís fairly hoppy as well. The aroma, in spots, gives off a slightly fruity vibe as well.
T: Iíll give it credit, itís not like anything Iíve had before. The trio of wheat/oats/rye comes through in various points (wheat opens the profile, rye finishes things, and the oats íhold togetherí the profile). Where this shines is in its long lasting and complex finish/aftertaste. This is really good, and the only detraction is the slight plasticky taste from the yeast.
M: A little heavier than I like, but itís still quite easy to drink and creamy smooth. The touch of rye dryness is quite pleasing.
O: This beer just works in spite of how hard it is to categorize and pick apart. This beerís finesse and moderate complexity helps it rise above the average marzen-cum-pumpkin ale.
McGarnigle (565) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4 pack. Great looker: clear orange body, impressive head. Although itís not highly hopped, I think itís the combination of yeast spiciness, rye and plentiful carbonation give it a noticeable bite. Underneath is some malt breadiness and citrus bitterness. More dry than sweet, more interesting than standard fall seasonals.