lownote (327) - USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper to dark red with a healthy head from Bottle. Taste is a richer more bready malt with a pretty piny hop profile. Well done. Light ish body.
SG111 (612) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at source. Golden copper color, white head. Aroma is rich malts, caramel, sweet toffee. Flavor is malt, Carmel. Toasted flavor. Solid. Very sweet.
jmm635 (946) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured copper in color with a thin head. Aroma of caramel malts, hops, slightly metallic. Light, easy to drink, but forgettable.
ClarkVV (4353) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught and bottles, since debut, most recently April 2015.
Clear copper-goldenrod body is topped by a small, off-white head that is mostly well-retained.
Toasty malt with flowers, light spices and some earthiness in the nose proclaim a pretty honorable rendition of the "traditional alt". Yes, there’s acidity and citrus here as well, but it’s light and helps take some of the intensity from the toasted malt sourness. No alcohol or flaws, very clean and fruity.
The munic malt does its usual thing, adding tons of sourdough flavor, but there’s enough residual sugar to balance, leaving a malty caramel flavor lingering, while floral hoppiness and citrus bitterness also coalesce on the finish. Vanilla and brown bread notes are subdued and the carbonation is strong and helps clear all of this malt (both the sour and sweet) and hop bitterness.
I don’t love beers with a high proportion of munich malt. It just exacerbates any hop acidity with the heavy sourdough/toasted flavors and really fatigues the palate, requiring, in turn, more fatiguing sweetness to balance. That being said, they do a good job here and it’s still quite drinkable, especially if youre looking for a more substantial beer to go with a meal or whatnot. Again, very clean and not much to complain about.
tfontana (185) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Candia Road Convenience. Aroma is toasted bread, cereal, slightest hint of chocolate. Appearance is clear copper with good sparkle with creamy off-white less than finger width head with foamy lacing. Taste is balance of moderate sweet and bitter. Palate is medium bodied, lightly creamy with average carbonation--lightest buzz on the tip of the tongue and pretty abrupt finish with mild bitterness. Overall, above average beer with decent attributes but nothing that is spectacular or really stands out.
polo_marco (16) - milton, Vermont, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice smooth brew. Not a copper ale fan but this beers got me changing my mind way to go Maine that’s my state
GIJOE (972) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber pour. Malty nose. Notes of yeast. Fresh mouthfeel. Thin for me. Decent brew, though.
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woodychevy (654) - - JAN 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at tasting room. Nice dark copper pour with solid white head. Citra hops come through with nice bitterness and dry finish. Malty sweetness up front. Grass on the finish. Interesting choice for a flagship.
sailracer (442) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Nice copper color, though tad light. It had a mild malt taste with a thin and watery mouthfeel. A hint of ho bittermess. OK overall.
apotekhin (79) - ISRAEL - OCT 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is malty and clean with some dried fruit. Flavor is bitter yet pretty balanced with good clean malt.