cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2004 Frosted cloudy sunflower color. Flowery, tangy aroma that diminished as warmed, nothing impressive. Sweet, slightly sticky finish with not as many hop burps as I'd anticipated. Flavor was too ordinary for the price, unrefined and not complex at all. Straightfoward pilsner amped up with alcohol. Trendy bottle, average beer. Rerate: better on draft than in the fancy-schmancy bottle. Very fresh and rich hops abound. Glad I took another look at it.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice bottle, solid white, cool asian markings with a reseal cap. Come on, is this really a lager? Very hoppy, some fruity malts, apples. This beer is defintely one of a kind.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden hazy beer with thin white head.
Fruity aroma with herbs, malt and an acidic tone.
Full, alcoholic flavor with peas, yeast and hops. Firm bitterness and extreme maltiness.
Really odd beer. Doesn´t taste anything like a pilsner but still is very nice. Rogue always surprises. One of coolest bottle designs ever. though.
3fourths (7770) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Soft cloudy yellow appearance. Spicy wheat aroma, with some sweet citrus as well. Crisp and hoppy, IPA-like... more so than a pilsner. Cascade hops are big, and it has creamy mouthfeel but a rough finish. Very drinkable.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy gold in color with a whispy head. Citrusy and slightly hoppy aroma. Strong citrus attack with a broad hoppyness that evaporates quickly.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy pale gold. Sticky, white lacy ring of foam. Earthy, coarse hop nose with powdery, doughy pale malts, orange peel, and solvent. Hints of lemon, honey, and herbs. Notably meaty, musty, and vegetal and far less clean than it needs to be. Soft body with scant tiny bubbles. Fruity and sugary on first sip with notable hints of minty alcohol trailed by a bracing Sterling hop blitz. Nearly cloying at times. Massive sweetness is momentarily tempered by the astounding hop bitterness. Finishes with a lemon zest, dried apricot, musty pilsner malt collaboration. Lingers with bready pilsner malts and numbing hop sensations. I was hoping for more juicy Sterlings in both the aroma and flavor, more perfume, and lots more dryness and effervescence to define the walloping bitterness. On a brighter note, this will certainly fulfill an evening hop fix.
omhper (18759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Golden coloured. Fruity nose with a hint of acidity. Deep rounded malt profile. Very sweet with a hoppiness that grows towards a very bitter finish. A fancier take on Polish mocný, but certainly no pilsener.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gets better as it warms, ala, the high ABV, I guess. Aroma is rather distant and strawish, not a great charateristic. Things improve from there. Appearance is dark golden, initally with a egg white head, but that is gone. Looks like a strong Belgian in my flute. Flavor mostly redeems the experience. Flavor resembles Strong American Ales. Alcohol is evident as are some nice hop varietals. This is a good drinking experience, however, the price of admission does not match beer experience.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small white head, short lived. Hazy gold color. Spicey hop nose with some malt backing it up. Medium body. Bready maltiness with plenty of hops to balance them out. Finish is dry, grapey. Not a bad beer, just overpriced.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Seems like I'm the last of our little group from Summits to enter my rating. Nice deep golden body with some cascading bubbles. The head average size, bright white and lasted a reasonable amount of time. Good lacing. Sweet, slightly grassy aroma, a bit of pine, but mostly noble hop aromas. Sandy malt flavor, but not dry. Easy drinking given the size of the beer. A little fruit (almost like apricots or peaches.) Tasty, but there's something missing almost.