argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Small white head atop hazy light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, bread, some berry, light hay, honey. Taste is medium sweet, hay, bread, some berry, lemon, light honey. Light body, light effervescence.
Travlr (11276) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Hazy yellow color, small white head, fair lacing. Aroma of earthy straw and white bread. Taste is dusty lemons.
BeerandBlues2 (9601) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by radagast88. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is Northern Brewer hops, cereal and cracker malt. Flavor is malt and hop balanced with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2013 Rerate: The previous example was so bad I felt I should give this one another shot. 12 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy peach color with a large frothy head. Good head retention. Aroma of herbal hops, chili peppers and pale malts. The taste is herbal, minty, citrus hops with pale malts and an earthy note. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. Still not great, but at least this time it’s not like drinking butter. 5/4/6/3/12. My novel of an original review follows...
I had a time or two heard of the derecho phenomenon. It was a thing from somewhere else. Some kind of weather event with a kind of cool sounding name, but a weather event that didn’t happen where I lived. Until one day it did. I remember in the aftermath, after the days of no power, after the nights of failing to sleep in the incredible heat, after the fouled food, after the angst that existed within myself and everyone around me, and amidst the pride and togetherness that all communities feel after something terrible and strange happens, I saw a video of the radar images of this storm. This storm that I had experienced as a rainless maelstrom of lightning and stifling winds. A storm front that had I seen in the daylight would have looked as terrifying and cavernous than the gateway to Hell. A storm that looked on that radar like a mass of cancer. Writhing and menacing like a mass of pure unadulterated evil. Yeah, this beer is named after that. Port City lost their power for several days with a batch of pilsner in the tanks that they could not chill. Hence... steam beer! I’m happy to see other people enjoyed this beer when they tried it. Now that I’m trying it a little later, it seems things have gone awry. Served on draft at McGrady’s Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a thin frothy head. Below average head retention. Aroma of vinegar, diacetyl and a faint maltiness. The taste is buttered bread with grassy hops. Thin bodied and pretty off. I admire the experiment, but at least at this point it didn’t pan out. 3/4/5/2/8
GT2 (8380) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at PP Old Towne. Pours clear light golden. Denser buttermilk head. Wispy lace. Nose is grainy, clean, light orange. Taste is orange peel, sharper citrus hops, spicy grass, sharp lemon. Refreshing. Better than expected.
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Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at DoG Street Pub. Pours light golden, exceptionally active with a nice active, pillowy head. Not much distinct flavor here, but this is quite pleasant beer ... Crisp, lightly tangy, perhaps a light woodsy finish. Very sessionable, indeed. (#4738, 8/18/2012)
TheBeerGod (5230) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at DoG Street. Hazy gold with a tall, frothy white head. Not much in the aroma - grains, soft grass and light toasted malt. Taste seems slightly like a Kolsch. Grainy with light lemon, bread, toasted malt and grass. Body is light-medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Light lingering bitterness as well. Ends with more grassy hops, wheat/grain notes, bready malts and light lemony notes.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Amyliz4 for grabbing this growler from the brewery. Served in a Port City pint glass. Beer is a pale yellow. Good head and lacing. Crackers in the nose. Faint hops. Toasty and a bit bready. Fairly dry finish. Medium body. Quite tasty and a very nice example of the style.
nimbleprop (4834) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2012
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Sampled at the Capitol Alehouse Innsbrook. Pours a clear gold with some quickly fading white head. Nose of cardboard, cabbage, a little sulfurous, some grass. Flavor was wet cardboard, green apple, cabbage. Watery mouthfeel. I can’t believe they served this.
radagast83 (4563) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewery as well as from growler immediately afterward. This beer poured a pretty clear yellow-amber color with a thick, foamy white head, not unlike the Downright Pilsener that they make (the base beer). Aroma was sweet malts, with a bit of grassy notes, and a touch of mild hop characteristics. Highly drinkable for a style that I’m always on the fence about, but given this was an accident, I certainly give them props for salvaging the brew!