Arborescence (29) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown, with a hint of ruby red, pours a thin head.
Interesting! Rather strong toffee/caramel, with some fresh fruitiness — presumably due to the wheat and Citra hops — and a hint of hops. Delicious aroma!
Not as sweet or candy-like as you might expect from the aroma, but the toffee/caramel characteristics are certainly there. Initially the taste is almost disappointing, because it doesn’t compare with the aroma, but it’s the aftertaste that counts here, and the sweet notes linger at the back of the tongue. The wheat and fruity notes are quite masked, but the beer has a certain freshness to it, which is peculiar when combined with the toasty sweetness. Good stuff, but it could use a bit more depth.
I’ve had one or two brews by Peak Organic at pubs in the US, but I haven’t formed a clear impression of them yet. They have some very interesting sounding beers, and I do hope to get my hands on more; this one is promising.
beeroverthere (81) - USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 Color:Copper red
Aroma: Some toasted caramel, bread, hint of orange
Body: Hoppy bitter, light sweetness, some citrus, breadish
Finish: Some sweetness and more hops
sailracer (412) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Pours a dark amber with minimal head. Very little carbonation and a fairly light body. The flavor was hoppy and bitter with the bitterness tending to overpower the flavor. The mild carbonation makes this one go down easily which lives up to its "session" billing.
TATE (304) - Lubec, Maine, USA - JAN 24, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Nocturnem Draft Haus. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I don’t remember ever having a dark wheat beer. The color was dark ruby and there was no head. The mouthfeel was a little to carbonated for me. This was very drinkable with quite a bit of hop bite to go along with it. Just came across as average to me though.
Leighton (11638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home in Salisbury. Thanks, Mom! Pours clear, copper-red with a creamy, off-white foam head. Has a rather nice aroma of toasted caramel, pine, orange, and sweet bread. Flavor follows reasonably well. Quite citrusy with light to medium sweetness, plenty of toasty bread, modest bitterness. Light to medium bodied with mouth-filing, lively carbonation. Slightly sticky to finish, mild sweetness, some citrus, pine and grass hops, light toast. Decent enough beer, though the overall character seems to falter after the aroma and limp a bit thereafter.
BREWMUSKCLES (2288) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice pine hop character with an initial barrel wood taste and a bit of moldy funk. heavy enough ivy in the mix there is a noticeable sweetness in the finish after a couple of of good sips. a creamy vanilla flavor permeates more at first taste and less so later. should be called soulstice because it is too satisfying to be a session. a bit of spicy licorice and cinnamon.
steve1966 (116) - Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not much of a wintery taste here, no spices. Just a basic ale. Deep color clean taste though kind of bland.Guess it was good for what it was easy drinking darker colored ale. Would not seek this one out again next year.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, pours clear dark copper with a thick and persistent beige head. Surprisingly hoppy aroma, with grass, flowers and bits of pineapple and vanilla. Light body and carbonation. The taste is sort of hollow, a bit of toast and pine. Dry floral finish.
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This certainly doesn’t drink like a dunkelweizen and I think that if most tried this beer without expecting that, the ratings would be higher. This is a crisp and well hopped darker beer, well made and easy to drink.
probstblueribbon (3008) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 fl oz bottle from Bear World (Watertown NY), served cool in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear deep copper with a nice tan foam.
Aroma: Quite grassy, green, resinous, leafy, a touch soapy, some sweet malts beneath that are kinda fruity and playful, a little caramel, there are some dunkelweizen notes, but they clash with the assertive hops.
Palate: Medium+ body and effervescence.
Flav.: The hops are still front and centre, but become more tropical fruity, a bit of citrus, some Sauv. Blanc, then resin and green notes, the malts are even more hidden beneath the hops, mere hints of brown sugar, odd for the style; dry with fair bitterness and a leafy, fresh hops finish.