McGarnigle (619) - 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 it’s not highly hopped, I think it’s 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.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a chunky orange with a huge white head and a nose of fresh-cut hay, light pizza sauce, and a touch of wheaty honey. Flavor is bready lemon and light grainy prune in a salad of a bale of hay. Light mouthfeel. Not bad.
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mix of flavors made aroma and taste difficult to quantify with no real distinctive qualities; maltier than I expected.
Lubiere (12877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An amber copper ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, a smooth fruity malt with grassy notes, treacle, orange peels and coriander, nice and smooth. In mouth, a creamy smooth vanilla malt with coriander, curacao, alcohol warmth, nice and silky. On tap at Snallygaster DC, Oct. 13 2012.
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of cotton candy, citrus, a hint of apple, and spice. It pours a mostly transparent orange with a touch of haze and three finger orange tinted off-white head with excellent retention. There are some clumped sheets/rings of lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate citrus (mostly orange) with some light-moderate cotton candy. The finish has light orange peel, spice, and a touch of floral notes. At times I do get a hint of metal. It’s medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Orange pour with a big pillowy head of tight white bubbles. Aroma is sweet and lightly grassy. Flavors are crisp, sweet malt and a nice grassy hop finish that cleans up the sweetness. A really nice, easy-drinking beer. I know it’s good, when it is half gone before I even start thinking about taking notes.
pras (577) - Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
To start off, I really like this one! Dark orange/copper color with a 3 finger head. I am picking up mostly the typical wheat character in the aroma with bubblegum and bananas, with a bit more malt in the background. Flavor is more of the same with a nice hop bitterness which is in balance with the grain backbone. The carbonation is high with very small champagne like bubbles. Wow, wish I had more than a bottle of this one!
puboflyons (3097) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is an incredibly foamy bronze-copper amber. The aroma is full of Belgian sugars, pale grainy malts, and the faintest of floral hops. The body is medium and acidic. The taste is delicately sweet and grainy with a nice dose of pepper and cloves that linger for a minute. Hard to define this as a Harvest Ale but it is a wonderful beer.
FlacoAlto (4147) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at 1702; November 2012
Arrives from the tap with a ¼-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a nice amber color that shows a lightly hazed, light amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of a pleasing mix of pale malt and fruit notes; caramelized cracker notes, English biscuit aromatics, floral plums, some pear notes, and floral apple aromatics all perfume the nose here. There is even a light tartness to the nose that helps to accentuated the fruit character here. Soft fermentation spice notes of clove, ginger, and white pepper, subtly add to the complexity of the aroma, and become a bit moe noticeable as the beer warms up.
Nicely bitter up front with a hop character that is herbal, but also citrus like (seems a bit like lemon grass). The body is definitely on the quaffable side; there is an effervescent carbonation, a light viscous character, with just enough heft to keep this from seeming thin. Fruit notes of pear, and light plum play a fairly prominent role in the flavor. The pale malt character in the finish somehow how couples with a musty character that adds a light, yeast derived, funkiness to this brew. Soft clove notes, and some ginger / pepper spice notes are also found in the flavor. There is a definitely wholesome, spicy grain character to this beer; the grain mix contributes to much of the background complexity that this beer has.
A very nice tipple; quite complex for a beer of this strength and, more importantly, quite well integrated in its flavors and aromas.
chickenflea (351) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours a partly cloudy light caramel color with a tall off-white persistent head. Chunky lacing. Besides the aroma of the Belgian yeast, the predominant aromas are apricot, clove, white pepper and a touch of baseball glove leather. The taste is mildly sweet, but more fruity sweetness than sugar sweetness. Mildly tart and softly bitter. Medium-bodied. The grains show up in the finish, although I would say the taste is more of raw grain than cooked or roasted. Clean finish. The texture is soft. Body is medium. Medium carbonation. A pleasant beer that really tastes at around 55 degrees F. A very approachable brew from one of my favorite American breweries.