hivemind (766) - New York, New York, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2012 Rerate 11/03/2012 - on tap at Cherry Tree in Brooklyn by myself waiting for Erica to do whatever girls do when they get ready for an hour. Not changing the score, seems to be pretty consistent from bottle to tap, but I’ll just add that there’s a grainy-bitter hop profile that comes through more on tap.
4/8/12 - 12oz bottle from variety pack bought in Congers. Drank on Easter from lager glass. Pour is dark gold with pretty big off-white head. Aroma is definitely the highlight with this one. It’s very fresh-smelling, even in such a wide-mouthed glass. Fresh hops and malts on the nose - can’t get more granular than that. Taste is not quite as satisfying, but definitely decent. Some earthiness/spice in there and a fair bit of hops, which is a relief for a winter beer (they usually bore me with the spice/vegetable flavors). Pretty good actually, but not great.
Scrapersnbeer (1507) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A dunkelweizen- had it pegged for a old ale based on the bottle. It has the earthy malt aroma that shows up consistently in Shipyard’s family tree, also decent hop notes and banana from the wheat. Fully retained, not explicable head laces out the glass. Light brown, looks like an amber. Tastes of semi-sweet dirtiness, while the wheat’s main contribution is to give the beer a gritty feel. Not really a sessionable style, as its pretty dense and filling. Oh well nobody’s perfect.
Drake (10509) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear brown color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel malts, burnt sugar and citrus hops. The taste is citrus hops, earth, toffee, burnt notes. Medium bodied. A little weird.
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a clear caramel hued amber with a medium to large beiged yellow head. Sweet caramel and toast on the nose. Loads of caramel and a ton of grain. Sweet grain into a soft bitterness on the finish.
vikasdesai (18) - USA - FEB 15, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
A nice package, i do my best to support small breweries but would much rather drink a winter ale from sam adams, mostly hoppy, with no sweet taste, goes down smooth but is mostly forgettable
jcos (1704) - Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:Beer drank on February 14th, 2012 with Ben M-L.
Appearance: Pours a dark copper.
Aroma: Aroma has some malt, but more hops than normal for the styel.
Taste: Decent bitterness, balanced by sweetness from roasty malt.
Palate:Light body, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: A hop forward version of the style, interesting.
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 (439) - 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 (369) - 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.