RichardGretton (4154) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown beer with a strong head. The aroma is watery and lightly malty, and the flavour is roasted and malty with a watery bitter finish. Overall a fairly average roasted and bitter beer.
peter48er (177) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned- 340ml bottle from Booths supermarket in Longton, Preston. Poured a clear, ruby red colour. Malt dominates with some pleasant underlying bitterness. In the US style but lacking some of the knockout hoppinessassociated with this style. Nonetheless, a very pleasant beer, a lot better than I expected.
biervriek (2) - Somerset West, SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 17, 2010 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Ar: wet dark crystal malt; roasty, vague spicy hops (synthetic orange as in Durban Pale Ale) and sweet butter.
Ap: muddled reddish brown and orangish brown, 1cm head of large bubbles and a couple traces of lacing with aggressive pour. Note that bottle had about 3mm of sediment from bottle conditioning.
T: mouthful of soaked dark crystal malt, butter, roasty, very slightly sour, cloying sweetness, watery finish with lingering light bitterness.
P: low carbonation and cloyingly sweet.
O: West coast US ale? Nothing US, let alone West Coast, about it! Clean beer (roasty brown ale???), but overwhelmed by dark roast crystal malt sweetness, butter, artificial orange flavor and limp CO2.
egg (34) - USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy red, deep amber. Light copper head. Aroma of sweet malt, light hops, grapefruit. Taste of grapefruit bitterness and light maltiness. Very drinkable. Easily the best beer I’ve tasted in South Africa and I recommend it if you’re here.
cgarvieuk (12892) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle at jens ... copper ... thin tan head ... sweet malt .. some of that american pale malt nose ... dull toffee fruits malt... little bitter ... hint of pine hop ... quite bright hop in linger
thebeertourist (4620) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Utobeer. Dark brown with a tan head. Refreshing exotic fruits hoppiness blending with a hint of roasted malts aroma. Passion fruit and smokey malts flavours- good dryness. Seriously good stuff from a (beery) black continent.
berkshirejohn (4127) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
340ml bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Poured hazy reddish amber with a thin cream head, heavy sediment and light carbonation; sharp resinous hop aroma; thin, watery body with a strongly hoppy flavour and a soapy texture - very much in the American style; the finish is fruity and spicy and dry from the hops.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Chris and Judy and shared with Alfie. Dark brown with an off white head. Yes, I should have noticed the instruction on the label to ’pour to retain yeast in bottle’. The result was a murky, muddy appearance, though it had looked fine in vitro. Strong aroma slowly developed of treacly malt with spicy hops. A little sweet maltiness in the taste was soon replaced by a strawy, nettly hoppiness with a hint of cigarette ash. It went particularly well with a sweet iced bombe for dessert at lunch on New Year’s Day.