orangesol (979) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Served on cask at Al’s of Hampden
A - Pours hazy golden yellow with a creamy half finger tall white head leaving streaky rings of lace down the glass.
S - Smells of grassy hops, heady pine resin, pale bready malt and some fresh cut fruitiness - mostly grapefruit and other melons. The bright hops of the regular version are still there but the other aromas are much stronger in this version.
T - Starts off with some chewy malt and quite a bit of fresh fruitiness quickly giving way to the pungent grassy hops, sticky pine resin and some light sugary sweetness. Finish is a little sweet with plenty of hop bitterness and a touch of warm booze, lingering on the palate long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy feel at the start growing a little watery toward the end of the glass. Still has plenty of hop bitterness with quite a bit of fruit and pine, just like the regular version.
O - The additional dry hopping seems to have helped round this one out. While the regular version is hoppy, it’s a bit one dimensional (in a good way). This version really packs a lot of extra flavors into a small package. Doesn’t really taste like a kölsch anymore but still pretty good none the less. Give it a try if you can, it’s definitely worth it.
PhillyCraft (3966) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub in Enola. Pours hazy golden with medium white head and lace. Aromas and taste of wheat, citrus fruit, grass, orange tang, and earthy malts. Very sessionable lager from pizza boy. Nice
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Pizza Boy. Really nice light citrus aroma and crisp hop flavor. Great light kolsch background. Faint tropical notes. Super drinkable and very dry.
Beerathon (1560) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hands down the best Kolsch I’ve ever drank. It amazes me that a lager can have that great of a hoppiness to it. LOVE!!!