DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Craft. Poured golden canary colored with 1-finger white clingy head. Nose is pale malt, hops, fruity citrus. Tasted hoppy and citric, with some sweet bready corny pale malt, medium palate heft, and late apricotty notes. Not bad.
fidelis83 (1827) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear pale gold with a thin bright white head. Aroma is cereal grain, floury biscuit dough, light fruity notes and a little yeasty tartness. Flavor is cereal grain, more floury dough, mineral notes, light floral hops and leafy notes. Palate is light and dry with a moderate strength, sharp carbonation. Pretty rough around the edges, but still nicely refreshing.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I’m following Captain Lawrence’s Kolsch with this one and the difference is stricking. While the fizzy golden hue are similar, the vague white head quickly vanishes atop this one. Little pils malt flavour extraction shine through, the aroma, and taste eventually, being dominated by the unclean fruit esters. By its mere lightness and general softness, it remains fairly drinkable, but not very pleasurable. In mouth, an obvious husky, tannic grain character is the main distraction from the otherwise simple, straightforwardly fruity flavor profile. Rough, borderline astringent finish. Little structure as the bubbles are not supported by much firmness, giving the palate allures of mineral water. Limited leafy hop character. Rather dull.
bhensonb (10355) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Half Time. Pours light gold with a creamy white head. Aroma is lightly bready with a hint of citrus or spice. Near med body. Flavor is rather sweet, and bready, and there’s not a lot, if any, hop. Ok minimal hop. It’s not crisp and citrus like I recall Kolsch ales. Beats Bud Light by a long way tho.
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer pours a clear golden color with a medium fizzy white head that evaporates steadily. Sparse small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt and mild hops. Light body with flavors of grainy malt and grassy hops, plus a touch of fruit. The finish is sweet and bready up front with a short lightly hopped aftertaste. Barely average overall.
boozedude (1619) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy dark yellow... Aroma of lemon spice and bread...taste is a bitter clean lemon grain with a tiny bite at the end...easy drinking...
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a clear gold with a large white head. Crisp grain, light yeast. Medium bodied, empty, corn and grain. Light bitterness. Very drinkable, but a bit empty, more grain on the finish.
BeerInHeaven (116) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a standard clear gold. aroma is mildly skunky grain and hops. Taste is more like a macro lager. finish is mildly hoppy. Not bad beer, but not outstanding.
wlajwl (3557) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is grains and malts with a hint of sweetness. The flavor is mildly sweet malts, beery and a smooth finish. Decent enough.
CanIHave4Beers (2908) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a pale golden color with a medium head that shrinks quickly into a small head.
The aroma is doughy, a little citrusy, and metallic.
The flavor is doughy and bright, which is nice but the general crispness and clean character of a good beer of this style seem muddled leaving the beer tasting a little unfocused and messy, but not horrible by a long shot. The metallic character in the aroma is hardly detectable in the flavor, the hops are used somewhat liberally for the style, which is of course very complimentary. There is a nice medium level of bitterness throughout the beer, all is not sunny though. Some vegetal character and a little bit too high a level of sweetness make this beer fall short of it’s potential.
The beer drinks pretty easy and is far from all out offensive, but I don’t know that I’ll be buying it again considering superior products from the same brewery at the same price point that sit directly next to it on the shelf.