orangesol (616) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 Served on cask at Al’s of Hampden
A - Pours dark burnt orange with a nice one and a half finger tall off white head leaving thin webs of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of citric hops, pine resin and plenty of caramel malt sweetness. As it warms up the sweetness only grows stronger, nearly overpowering everything else.
T - Starts off with a nice citric hop bite quickly being enveloped by the strong caramel malt sweetness. Hints of toffee and pine resin accompany the sweetness but not much else can break through the sweet wall. Finish has a bit of hop bitterness, combining with the strong sweetness to linger on the palate long after consumption.
M - Smooth, sweet body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Very little alcohol present throughout the glass.
O - Not too bad but the sweetness is a little too strong for my liking. The simcoe hops were a good choice but they get lost quickly in all that sweetness.