brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ MateVeza. Turbid orange juice colored pour with a white head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, banana, and orange peel. Certainly some tea, light lemon sourness, and honey. Maybe tart stone fruits. Flavor is sweet malt and esters up front. Banana, caramel, and honey. Some orange peel, lemon, and apricot. A light herbal note, vanilla, and a hint of wood.
jflopsu (401) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light yellow. Has a nice citrus aroma with some wheat and other fruits. Taste is sweet, but not too sweet, with some lemon, orange, wheat, and yeast. A bit of a dry aftertaste.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz sample bottle, courtesy of Sam Adams. Pours a very hazy, pulpy grapefruit juice color; patchy head formation leaving behind a perimeter of mixed-sized bubbles. Pleasantly complex nose: some tart citrus, kaffir lime, and an emergent yeasty-doughy roundness coming up from behind; a nicely filled-out, generous aroma, if a bit scattered. Medium body; modest CO2; the overall packaging here is a bit off, and I have to wonder how the draft version compares (I received a not-for-resale labeled bottle, and I’m not aware of this being bottled commercially): there’s a fleeting carbonation and the haze, and I think kegs could be more on point; that said, the presence of tea here adds a complementary herbal, minimally tannic character that offers some structure, while the yeast character is quite nice: dough, lime-like Brettiness, some soft citrusy acidity; a touch chalky overall, and while there’s some pepper here, it may be partly suggested by the tea additions. Pleasantly scattered, and I’d definitely be curious to try the draft version.