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.
MacPelicanís 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.
22415brewery (371) - redmond, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light amber hinting at gold with a microfoam head. Smells like a scottish style ale, fruity esthers and caramel, floral, and slightly peaty. Light caramel sweetness with very minimal bittering and no distinctive hop flavor nor aroma. You instantly notice the relatively higher level of carbonation it gives a sharp edge and finish which is semi-metallic. Itís a mildly sweet ale with a dry alkali finish.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle straight from the brewery. Pours with a crystal clear orange to light copper body with a medium sized fluffy, white head that fades to a slightly smaller cap. Aromas are malty, slightly grainy, a slight hint of a spicy and grassy hop, seltzer, rich caramel, cereal and bready. Mild hints of a metallic nature that blow off. Flavors are bready, malty and rich with light caramel. Rich biscuit, clean yeast wise. Minimal hops. A real pleasure to drink. Supremely quaffable, nice malt balance and complexity, no off flavors. Mild but enjoyable. Medium to slightly higher than expected carbonation. Medium bodied. Hugely underrated (at least off of this batch).
hayduke (3322) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared with Strykzone via Facebook chat. This poured a rich clear amber with a light tan had and light lacing. Nose of malts and grain, and a tiny bit of fruit. Fairly light in body and mouthfeel. Just short of watery. The flavor was more intense than the aroma promised, and was of lightly roasted malts and some chocolate. Earthy finish without much bitterness. Sort of faded down the stretch.,
Strykzone (4832) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle from Hayduke. We shared a bottle via facebook chat although we were on a tight time schedule. This poured red brown and had a nice light colored tan head that slowly faded. In the nose I smelled malt and grain with a bit of fruit. The flavor was also rich malt and grain that might have been rye. Some chocolate was an undertone. Hops were very faint and added fruit and a mint like quality. The beer added some earth late. This could have used more hops and perhaps another choice of them. Still, it was not bad.
keith0718 (361) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great malty flavor, but pretty weak on the hops...but I gather thatís true to style. I like it.
brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The beer pours an opaque amber color with a finger of khaki colored head.
S: Smells watery, but bad. A little bit of caramel and toffee, quite a bit of grass, too. Just a bit of yeast, maybe some hints of fruit. Definitely a bit of cooked vegetable aroma.
T: Tastes better than it smells, luckily. Sweet caramel with a light creaminess. Toasted bread and some hints of yeast. A very light fruitiness, maybe some hop notes, too.
M: Light to medium in body with medium carbonation.
O: So far Iíve been disappointed with Pelican beers that arenít barleywines.
phaleslu (6287) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle from the brewery. Pours a clear amber color with a small beige head. Aroma of nuts, earth, grass, fruit (peach, plum), and toasted malts. Flavor brings the same fruits, toasty sweet malts, grassy earth, and mixed nuts as the aroma but a bit more balanced and pronounced. Light-medium bodied, with medium carbonation and a fruity, toasty mouthfeel. I tried this along with the MacPelicanís Wee Heavy and determined once and for all that I like the bigger malts of the Scotch ales better than the lighter, more subtle Scottish ales.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at brewery: Even though it tasted OK in general, stylistically, this beer seemed a bit off. For one, it lacked the typical characteristics (i.e., higher alcohol, burnt roast, peat, light smoke, little sweetness) you find in most Scottish Ales. And for two, it had an odd cola-like sweetness and a slight fruitiness. Not undrinkable, just curiously odd.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Draught) Pours a clear copper body with a medium white head. Aroma of peat, caramel, light oxidation, and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, earth, caramel, some stale graham cracker, and peat.