otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: clear gold and straw under a puffy white head which fades to a solid layer resembling a slice of bread. Small batches of lace try to crawl their way up the side after a puffy swirl.
Nose: golden sun-baked grains, grape nuts, and husks. Dried grass and straw in the back dry next to baled hay. Lemon peel and white grapefruit in the middle for zip and zest. Green apple musk.
Palate: toasted grape nuts. Saltines and whole grain crackers. Lemon and grass in the back with lemon rind lingering the longest atop the top back of my tongue. Green banana peel. Husky. Honey joins the freshly toasted grains, husks, and crackers. Lemon along the sides.
Final Thoughts: exactly what it strove to be – the quintessential lawnmower ale. Brisk. Refreshing. Why yes, I think I’ll have another.
jtclockwork (8964) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours gold with white head. Nose/taste of malt, grain, bread and a dry citrus finish. Medium body. Crisp and more hoppy than expected.
RyanB (2) - - AUG 30, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Great floral aroma, this is not a typical lager. Nice golden yellow color. Light malty taste, very well balanced. Hides the alcohol well. Refreshing taste, perfect for after yard work.
BrewBoxer (2156) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden yellow color with a frothy head. Smells of bread, yeast and soap. Taste is the same. Heavier then a pale lager, lots more body and booze
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours gold with a white head. Aroma shows grainy malt, hay, and a touch of honey. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of meyer lemon and a light herbal quality I can’t quite put my finger on. Overall body is moderate and finishes with a well balanced bitterness. Probably one of the most impressive pale lagers i’ve had to this date.
Slipstream (2076) - USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The label features a drawing of a lawnmower - is this a lawnmower beer? It is a bit too hearty for that, I think. The malty, grassy aroma is a bit complex but not outstanding. Golden pour. Very flavorful for a lager, with a sweet and hoppy taste. It is rich but still goes down pretty easily. There is a bit of pilsener character too. Another attention-grabbing brew from PT. This reminded me a little of Coney Island’s superior lager (which is called a Vienna on RB).
dagimp (743) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a PT bomber into a pint glass. Pours a standard golden lager color. Three inches of golden head which goes away entirely leaving no lacing or foam. Very light on the aroma, some mild hops and alcohol but not much else. Mouthfeel is light to moderate. Like a heavy light lager, if that makes any sense. Taste is semi-dry, with hops, grass, bittnerness, wood, cotton and alcohol. Not as crisp as a good pilsner, this guy has a bit more maltyness to him. Overall, a very good beer. This should really be sold in six packs with a better price point, but I’d drink it every so often (probably once a year) nonetheless.
ladnewton (1490) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn NY on 27th July 2011. Clear gold wuth white ring-and-film head and a little lacing on the glass. Very fruity aroma - berries/fruitcake. Touch of floral and citric grapefruit in-mouth; late upper-mouth sugary sweetness. I found the finish rather sweet, sherbet, refreshers, starburst flavours. This sweetish flavour blend then fades without any further changes. Light mouthfeel and fairly easy drinking.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
June 2011 bottle date
A solid pour into my glass produces a two finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pale gold color when held up to the light (it is not as pale as your typical macro lager though). The aroma smells of hay like malt and cracker like grain up front, but is backed by a touch of honey malt sweetness and some spicy, herbal hop notes. It certainly smells like a good times American lager, but it has quite a bit more character than a macro (which this likely shouldn’t be compared to); there is a really nice grain / malt character to this beer that can be quite expressive and there is a backing hop character that suggests at lemon zest with an herbal bent to it.
The beer has a honey grain sweetness to it up front, but as it rolls across the palate it picks up an herbaceous, more clean bitter hop character. The beer has a bitter bite through to the finish, but the grain sweetness never totally disappears either. The hop character is lightish, but certainly present with flavors that suggest at mint, something green like basil (but not quite), and a definite sweet lemon like note that is boosted by the soft malt sweetness that is in this beer. The combination of malt and hop character here really seems quite distinct and interesting, and I can’t quite pinpoint why exactly; it has a sort of sweet lemon, or sweet mint (without really being sweet) sort of thing going on (it could suggest at toothpaste, but I don’t like that and this really doesn’t), it also has a nice herbal influence that couples very well with the bright malt character. The malt character is bright with its honey’ish sweetness (more pale grain sweetness than anything) and its toothsome fresh crushed grain, almost cracker like character; but it is balanced. This hides the alcohol fairly well, though not perfectly and the body certainly has a bit more heft to it than I was initially expecting; but this is also quite a bit bigger of a beer than the lawnmower images on the label might suggest.
Really the balance is what I am liking so much about this beer, the balance is just so spot on. This is far more enjoyable than I was expecting, though to be honest I was expecting something interesting from this no matter what.
williamstome (994) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Yellow pour. Aroma is grain and grass. Flavor has some fruit in it. Not bad considering the style.