Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet with a hop finish, It certainly does not remind me of a ESB but more of those mainstream ales. I would drink it again but still struggle with classification.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Best thing I’ve had yet from Shipyard; nice golden color with a fair though diminishing head (nice lacing) and a very fruity aroma (pears?) leads to a really wonderful full-flavored yeasty, white-wine-like, apple infused flavor. I don’t know if I’d call it a bitter; more like a really fine American amber ale or something. Could have a stronger nose and a bit more kick on the end, but this is a winner.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This appears to be an American-brewed version of a british beer. It’s sharp alright, and it’s got its fair share of hops, like many British brews do. Is it ’one of the best brewers in North America’, well, not IMHO, but it’s decent and drinkable. Cool wild boar picture on the label, which reminds me of Boar’s Head salami (same company? Probably not). Anyway, salami aside, this has a hint of bitterness which complements the malt. I recommend you check this ’thumper’ out.
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 14, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow it’s been a while since I had this, but this brewery has inspired me to brew my own beer. Maybe one of the best brewers in North America.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2004 On cask NERAX ’02: It tasted stale and had a sharp taste to it. Hardly any aroma, light bitterness. Not too much better on tap. Tap: A decent yet unremarkable beer. Lacked a real defining taste.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and bitter with a fruity taste - finishing sweet - maybe a bit too sweet.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2002
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Found this in the British Beer section of a beer store. Tasted not quite british. Too hoppy and not much after taste. Not bad for a U.S. lookalike
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Quick dissipating head, but clear as a bell, nice copper blonde colour. Malty floral aroma with buttery carmel notes. Nice hoppy finish but slightly oily. A little overcarbonated for my taste.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellently done. Very well balanced, complex brew. Crystal clear, rich malty aroma. Starts sweet, rich malt middle, and a very nice hop bite to finish it off. Very good.