ben4321 (5359) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 6/8/11, as Choc Basement Batch
Aroma: The nose is fairly slight, some light fruity, pine, and herbal hops and light malty notes
Appearance: It pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head and good lacing
Flavor: The taste has is pine, herbs, and citrus hops, light sweet and medium-heavy bitter
Palate: The body is fairly creamy, smooth on the palate with a later tingle and a rather dry finish to it
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It wasnít special or anything, but it was better then I was expecting after the Belgian Wheat I had from these guys yesterday was a real disappointment. A solid APA.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce stubby bottle poured into a juice glass (Iím travelling for work, so beggars canít be choosers). Color is a dark gold to amber, very similar to an apple juice. That goes for the carbonation as well, as the beer has quite a bit of fizz. The head bursts forward but doesnít hang around long, as it collapses down to just a skimming over the top. Appearance is somewhat murky, but thatís my fault Ė a closer inspection of the bottle reveals a pretty hefty sediment of yeast. Aroma is subdued, but again could be on me Ė whenever I travel my sinuses usually take a beating and this trip has been no exception. Some mild and subdued hop aroma with a little bit of malt. Thatís really all I can get out of the nose at this time. Taste is surprisingly hop-centric, with familiar notes of grapefruit bursting through. My first thought is that this is clearly a beer with Cascade hops. Using a magnifying glass to read the marketing speak on the label and would you look at that, Cascade. Oh, and itís bottle conditioned too. Guess I should have read that at the outset. Malt profile becomes more pronounced as you drink it, and I think that itís not so much bready, but more nutty Ė something like almonds come to mind. Mouthfeel is light to medium. The carbonation is a little bit heavy but it helps scrub the residual hop bitterness off your tongue. Thereís a little bit of malt sweetness up front with the hops to help balance things out, but it finishes dry. Thereís just a hint of the alcohol phenol on the back of the throat when drinking the beer Ė this is a flavor Iíve found that Iím very susceptible to, so your mileage may vary. The light mouthfeel and dry finish seem to tip me off that this is a beer thatís meant for consumption in mass quantities, which is fine Ė it goes quite well on a late-spring evening like tonight. Overall Iíd prefer the body to have just a little bit more in terms of malt character and Iíd like to have the alcohol tones down a little bit (again, probably just my preference). This beer certainly doesnít break any new grounds in terms of the Pale Ale style, but it doesnít do much wrong either.
emarkd (100) - Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Im not sure what Iím drinking here, but I like it. Pours kinda plain. Hazy orange with a small white head that fades quickly. Aroma is mostly sour, which I did not expect. Sour apple is the predominant note by far, followed by a decent caramel sweetness. Dark fruity smells in the background. Tastes sour, too. Apple again, pine bitterness, a touch of alcohol heat. Finishes bitter and quite dry with a touch of metallic aftertaste. I donít know if this is how the basement batch is supposed to taste, but this apa tastes more like a weak sour. Pretty good, regardless.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to a generous trader for sending this my way. Served in a tulip.
Pours copper with a good deal of transparency. The head that forms is pretty short and doesnít last for very long, eventually fading into a thin bit of a collar with a speck or two of lace on the side of the glass. The nose brings some very light citrus hops along with a mild floral character. Some bread dough there as well. Mild caramel presence after that. The taste brings mostly light caramel and bread crust with a mild hop character. Very slight bitterness in the finish after a medium body. Drinks fine without flaws, but quite bland and uninspiring.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-04-2011
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - MAR 24, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is a little sweet, kind of citrusy; not quite like orange blossom. It didnít have much head, and thereís not much aroma unless Iíve got my nose right in the glass looking for it. Itís a good smell, just not strong.
Itís orangey gold in color, with a touch of haze. Not much bubbling to be seen here, especially with the minimal head. No, I lie. Thereís bubbles, but theyíre tiny. :)
The initial flavor is kind of sour, turning quickly to a reasonably bitter hoppy flavor, ending with the kind of bite that I associate with darker roasted malts. This doesnít taste like a very malty beer to me.
Itís pretty light, not at all sticky or thick. It pretty much slides right on down the throat and is gone. Given the tiny bubbles, itís not too carbonated.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Rating #110. Darkish hazy orange/gold color with a nice little white head. Light hops and a crisp maltiness, a little bready. Light on the tongue, mild hops and easy to drink. Nice little aftertaste that was left lingering on the back of my palate. Not too shabby considering it does have some age on it. (1482)
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. Nice burnt orange color with a solid white head. Good retention rate and nice lacing. Very light hop aroma. Some pine and other earthy tones. Some sweet aromas, caramel, and tropical fruits. The smell reminds me of the islands, which is funny because it is brewed in Oklahoma. Very mild taste, but nice use of caramel and victory malts. It somewhat reminds me of Gordon Biersch brews, not sure why. The cascade hops are subtle, but balances out this APA. Mild carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, but it feels as if something is missing. Also, it feels a little thick for the style. Not a bad brew, but not over the top.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) slightly hazy amber with off white head. Faint citrus aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet biscuit malt with a hint of citrus.
Bif (1888) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle- Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small head and some lacing. Fresh grain and citrus aroma. Smells inviting. Starts slightly malty with a pleasant citrus flavor. Has a nice bitter finish. Quite refreshing.
Fairly medium body, crisp & clean. Quite smooth and well balanced.
good easy drinker, very enjoyable. Came as part of a Choc 6-pack mixer. Worth having again.
Onionkid (376) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma of caramel and citrusy hops. Great taste IMO! Has a malt base with a great hoppy, citrus body that has a caramel taste throughout. Medium mouthfeel with a bit of spice to the body, and a nice and obvious bitter finish, but one thatís subtle and remarkable. I gotta say, I think this beer actually has a lot going for it. For being a pale ale, I think this exceeds what my expectations were for it. Most of the time when I have a Choc beer, I come away disappointed. Which is a shame, because any beers from this region Iíd like to support. But this one -- this is the first time Iíve fallen in love with a Choc beer! Shows me that hey - maybe my complaints about their other beers are more from my lack of knowledge than their competence as brewers, cause I do consider myself a hophead and I *do* love this beer. Will definitely be picking up a few more bottles of this when the opportunity arises! Definitely a pleasant surprise! 6.2% alcohol.