otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: blood oranges and mandarin. No real head other than a thin white bubbly layer which disappears fast, leaving only a collar. Swirls with a thicker bubbly collar but no head.
Nose: peaches and mandarins freshly peeled with a nice addition of zest with rye seeds providing spice. Dryness of rye husks and bitterness of orange skin in the back leads into straw and green grass blades. Essence of the summer. Lemon zest.
Palate: crisp and sweet than long bitter finish of citrus skins, rye seed husks, straw. Zest tingles atop my tongue. Juiciness of mandarin and blood oranges than a subtle dry zesty finish. Saddle leather and dry brittle bales of hay. Rye weaves in and out, over and under, working with and not against all the other flavors. Damp freshly cut grass – sweet.
Final Thoughts: ingenuity and creativity personify Pretty Things and it shows in their unique flavorful beers. Field Mouse’s Farewell did indeed bring to mind a journey through fields of amber, gold, spice, and season’s change.
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle/Batch2/May11 bottling. Orange-golden with a pillowtop of a head. The aroma is fruity and yeasty. Rustic is a good descriptor for this beer -- rich with a grain-laden body, yet emboldened with a tart fruity edge. Nice beer in the farmhouse tradition. (#4350, 10/24/2011)
drfabulous (4048) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to Matt. Golden hazy orange. Spices. Lemon zest. Orange. A Belgian ale spiced. Not bad.
leaparsons (8152) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy gold with a medium foam. Aromas are honey and floral spices with caramel. Rye with lemon and alcohol. Flavours are bready yeast with sweet honey and flowers. Quite herbal and resinous. Caramel and biscuit with a decent grapefruit bitterness to finish with woody dryness. Pretty decent.
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed it. Pours a hazy gold colour with a nice what frothy cap. The aroma is grapefruit, hops, orange peel, and spice. The flavour is cool, some spicey zing plays with juicy grapefruit and orange zest, touches of gran and yeast, banana, some alcohol sweetness, finishes with more grapefruit. Very enjoyable.
Butters (3787) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled (fittingly so) at mark’s farewell party. Batch 2. Pours a hazy straw color with offwhite head. Sweet and lemongrass citrus tones. Pick up the rye and wheat character, but honestly, wasn’t that impressed with this one. Just didn’t think it was all that great.
Slipstream (2040) - USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
By the way, I like the cute little paper strip PT puts over their caps. And another quirky label - that is going to be in a book someday, I’ll wager, a book of craft beer labels from the early 2000s. An odd colored pour - olive and butterscotch tones. Lightly tarry, herbal, and sour notes in the aroma. Interesting flavor comes across like a hoppy saison mixed with a little gruit. The label says there is wheat and rye mixed in with the barley. Some random sourness and playful flavor clashes. Another very interesting release from PT.
williamherbert (1308) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coriander, orange peel aroma: a spicy "zest." Touch of banana. Belgian white-y with a touch of hefeweizen. You can feel the spicy particles.
The appearance is glorious, glowing golden yellow -- like a light bulb. Healthy head. Impeccably cloudy. Stunning color.
The flavor: wow! The spices are extraordinary. Peppery and with a bitter citrus (grapefruit). Starts off light like a Belgian blonde/wit, finishes like a grapefruit bomb. Eases you into a false sense of security before slapping your lying mouth.
The palate is chunky on the inside, slick on the outside. It’s a tale of two beers: a wheaty start and a grapefruity finish. Surprisingly bitter.
annunz123 (864) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Pretty Things is brewed a few miles from me, so I’ve tried a few and never been really impressed. This is a very different story. Yeast, spice, and some citrus in the nose. Slightly sweet taste with some breadiness and maybe a little mint. Finish is dry and spicy. Tremendous.
beerbill (3450) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very hazy gold with a moderate linen white head that lasted beyond mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of grain, orange, lemon along with a few floral notes. The flavor is more malt than grain with a touch of spice to it, candi sugar, and lemon. The sweetness is not heavy or cloying in any way and is not excessive and acts to brighten the other flavor components. This is my first beer from this brewer and I will be back for more.