Terminus (3559) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-purchased at Grapevine market, Austin, TX-pours a fairly cloudy copper hue with medium carbonation cascading the entire glass from top to bottom. subtle white head that was very smooth, like a nitro pour. awesome lacing the entire time of the sampling. flavor is very interesting and unique. this is a mix of american spicy hops and english hops that give this brew great balance. The Rye malt gives this a very unique bready bitterness. This seems more like an ESB than a pale. A very unique brew that i think is very under-rated!
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sediment? Is that stuff supposed to be in there, or is it a mistake? After the others, this beer doesn't seem too bad, so far. Aroma okay, mostly bready. Flavor is mostly hoppy. Overall, pretty good.
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2008 I loved this beer, good stuff. This is what an ale should taste like. Very smooth yet it does indeed taste like beer. The only problem with this beer is that it does not have a full palate, but nevertheless is very drinkable and tasty.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Damn, this is a Fact: Real Ale Beers pour Real BIG Head!
A pale golden / amber body with a freaking huge cream colored head, lots of tiny partials floating around in the brew. The nose is fairly floral, smells more like English hops, notes of spruce, caramel, and …. steamed squash?
The flavor is a bit metallic and astringent, notes of musty grapefruit, very nice flexible palate though.
Overall it's different, and it is rather enjoyable.
Thanks again FLY, it was very excellent of you to give me this brew to sample.
Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed this Texas brew. Didn't appear to be filtered. A distinctive rye ale that had a substantial dose of Cascade hops accented with a full malt body. The flavor comes on strong and fast and lingers for a while. Good enough for a second look. I'd buy this again in a heartbeat. Well done.
Dogbrick (11467) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2003 Pours a dark amber color with a medium thin beige head. Thin lacing as well. Aroma of rye (surprise) and a little malt. Medium body, with a fairly strong mix of hops, rye and malt in the flavor. The finish is dry and a little citrusy. Fairly good overall.
fly (1461) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Have had plenty on tap and in bottle. I often wonder about my ability to distinguish certain elements, but always seem to get the rye in beer. Not sure if it is a variation in batches or my taste - have had varying opinions from fair to good to better over this beer. Most definitely worth trying.
................................................ more I drink this, the more I like it - and vice versa. A session beer for sure. Simple, full bodied with a slight butteriness to the whole and well balanced hops coming over the top.
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nicely balanced ale with a grainy rye kick. Aroma is very grainy. Beer color does resemble tea, but has nice head and some lacing. Flavor is initially lightly malty then finishes dry/rye. Pretty tasty.
Aurelius (5068) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Very nice fruity aroma, with good caramel and a little vinegar. Overcarbonated. I got a 100% foam pour out of an ice-cold bottle, and the buff colored foam wouldn't quit. Flecks of brown (orange peel?) in the foam and sinking to the bottom of the glass. A pinky-orange, new penny color with a very slight haze. Lightly sweet, with a medicinal/vegetable quality to it, over grapefruit. The CO2 spoiled the mouthfeel, and made it more acidic than I think it would be under different circumstances. I agree with bigbadbear, this is a different brew, and although not stellar, it ought to be tried. One other note, my label was 100% different than one pictured -- it had a woodcut courthouse on it. Rerate a little warmer this time. This grows on you. Nudging the rating up.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Flying Saucer Ft Worth Texas. Amber hue with a small white head head and little lacing, medium-bodied. Aroma of toasted malts, flowers, earthy yeast. Just a hint of smoke, spice and rye. I expected the rye to be more pronounced. Good balance in flavor with a clean and crisp finish. Mostly oily ans soft mouthfeel. This brwe is different, the rye style adds a new diminsion, slight recommendation.