Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
PH1 Bottle, thanks Nathan for opening this rare gem and sharing with me!
Warm gold, noisy off-white head. Generous funk that starts well before the glass makes it up to my nose. Leathery tobacco barn chock full of crab apples and a briny seaweed bite. Loads of dry lemony sourness, but for all the volume of sour, the quality of it is gentle and inviting. Pepper, salt, hay, dry weathered wool. So much happy goodness in a glass. Some sour beers (even ones I end up liking) require such a serious face to appreciate: the pleasures are shaken from a wrath-bearing tree. Not so here. Everything is just...beautiful.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
PH1. 375-milliliter into wine balloon. Pours a cloudy opaque orange with huge foam at first, then settling to a light layer of film. Aroma is indeed of sour fruit, self-fermented old fruit. Flavor is of the same spoiled fruit but with a lot of black olive. No doubt about it: Black olives, maybe baked on a pizza. It’s really an oddity this one, but not unpleasant. Nice mouthfeel, full yet spritzy. Overall, very good.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 3/14/2009 Source:Other) Batch 001-PH1. Blonde Ale aged in oak barrels. Slight sourness and graininess with a light fruit in the aroma. Cloudy light brown muddy water appearance. Quite sour and earthy with some caramel and oak like wine notes.
Kinz (3414) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Numenor for bringing this to the Richmond Gathering. PH1 bottling. Hazy yellow. Great horseblanket aroma, with lemon, cheddar, and pixie stick aroma. Flavor starts the same, and then finishes just a bit short with a faint honey note. Interesting stuff, and a great sniffer.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of Numenor on 03/14/2009. Batch 001-PH1. Somewhat hazy orange body with a small frothy off-white head. Huge sour aroma with vanilla, fruit, and some funk. Huge sour flavor, some faint vanilla with more light fruit, hints of oak and a touch of funk. Light body with moderately high carbonation.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brought by numenor to a ratebeer gathering at maniacs place in richmond, va. This is a newer style for me, but I have to say fantastic beer, too bad it is gone, but maybe the new one will be just as good? Anyway, A lot of tartness up front on this one, nice and sour a bit of apple as well. Goes down easily but not before you have to appreciate the flavors that are coming from a beer with such a low abv. Interesting style, also a bit of citrus in there as well. Just enjoyed how different this beer was from everything else I have ever had basically.
mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 1 (thanks Guy) pours daffodil yellow and effervescent.
Aroma is tart, body very lean and prickly. Rich grapefruit dominates crisp flavors.
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful gold body. Very tart aroma very citrus. Wonderfully sour with smooth ending.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2010 375 mL bottle courtesy of Numenor. Thanks! Rating #1500. Batch 001-PH1. Pours a lemon orange color with a medium head. Poor head retention and lacing. Fantastically tart aroma with funk, citrus, earthy, herbal. Taste is almost bitterly tart with notes of green apple, citrus (pithy grapefruit), tannins. Slight earthy and herbal notes. Soft carbonation. Medium bodied.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 001-PH1 Nice golden body with a thin white head. Nice sour aroma with a good fruit kick. Taste is very sour with light oaking. Nice citrus ending. Awesome stuff.