reebtogi (3709) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle pours a pale amber color with a finger of white head that settles down to reveal a few spots of lacing. Aroma is light fruits and malts with some hints of pine and citrus. Taste is quite sweet for a scotch style ale with only mild pine and citrus bitterness and none of the peatiness that I have come to expect from a scotch ale. Also, lighter in body for the style. A decent tasting brew, but does not represent the style well.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 23, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
GABF. Caramel colored pour. Sweet aroma of toffee, a hint of creamed corn and whipping cream. Sweet flavor of toasted grains, caramel and a noticeably light hop flavor.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale amber-gold pour. Sweet toasted malt and a bit of crystal as well. Dry and well-attenuated though.
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper with good, creamy, off-white head / Nose of spun sugar, malt, and faint citrus / Light to medium body, a touch watery, modestly sweet and sticky, with otherwise good balance and finish / Simple, weak, clean flavors of spun sugar, orange, and resin / Has promise.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Light caramel aroma. Toasty malt and light caramel flavor. Medium bodied. Toasted malt and light caramel lingers with light backing hops.
robforbes (2002) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
pours a clear amber with a very small white head that goes away qucikly and no lacing.
smell is faint, some caramel, some malt, and a tad bit of roastiness.
taste is thick, butterscotch, malt, caramel, earthy, and a few hops. ends a little bitter and a little dry.
overall not that impressive.
dfinney23 (1258) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear copper with white head. Grain and malt, maybe a hint of smoke. Needs a bit more substance.
michaelinwa (535) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2012
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I honestly do not know how professional brewers dare to put their name on beers like this, much less call it a certain style. This beer is thin, smells like straw, tastes worse, and has no redeeming features.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Clear dirty-orange ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Great retention. The aroma is a toasty, malty blend of roasted barley and rich, buttery toffee. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. The perfectly-balanced flavor offers moderately roasted caramel malts and faint acidity. Crisp, clean finish. Not exciting, but very drinkable.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes. Originally reviewed 4/11/2009. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
MacPelican’s pours a caramel amber color, quite cloudy. A medium sized head fades quickly, leaving a few stray spots. These, too, eventually fade. Not very impressive.
A light smoked caramel aroma, with some notes of peaches and apricots. Not a very aggressive smell at all.
The style definitely comes through here - not much hops at all, but a strong malt presence throughout each sip. The malt gives a caramel flavor.
Lightly carbonated and a surprisingly light feel, almost watery. A stronger body would not hurt this beer at all.
Not really all that enjoyable or special. As is my experience with other beers of the style, it is pretty easy to drink, but this beer just does not have enough unique characteristics to warrant a spot in my regular rotation.