tdcritch (153) - Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I like the idea of the long shot series, but this shot was too long... I do like a fruity beer sometimes but this one let me down
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color. Not bad for a long shot winner. Aroma is grapes, apples, and other fruits. Flavor is yeast, grains and fruit. Not bad.
after4ever (7481) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
12-oz, Thanks, Headbanger! Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with ruby highlights in the center. Slight head of off-white and gray. Nose smells more like red apples than green grapes. Creamy medium body with soft but moderately assertive carb. Bready malts underneath a loose, fairly synthetic-tasting wash of fruit flavor. Some sort of generic red fruit punch note, basically. Not sure what all this talk of green grapes is about, to be honest.
tmoreau (3563) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2009 12 oz. bottle to a large snifter. Poured a fairly clear, orangy/amber hue, with a tight, foamy, off white head that reduced rather quickly, but left some sticking lace. The nose was very light with some sweet fruit esters, malt and a little yeast. The flavor was also very light with the fruit, some vinous notes and a little hop dryness, almost tartness, toward the finish. Pleasant and drinkable but the flavors tended to be nondistinctive and thin.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours copper, clear body, colored with a small white head, and some lacing. The aroma has notes of caramel and bready grains, light white grapes, some floral esters and yeasty. However the flavour was of sweet malts, some balancing hop bitterness, and faint tannic astringency. Aroma and flavours are mixed, all over the place. Just doesn’t add up.
nickd717 (4089) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’m not surprised that this contest-winning GPA got such a low "GPA" - it’s not a very exciting beer. Golden-amber color with a nice white head. Aroma is white wine, light fruits, and sweet malt. Solid malty backbone with some grape flavors and slight hops. Refreshing but a little light on the flavor. Medium on the palate. Brewer pussyfooted around a little bit on this one. More grapes, more hops may make this a little better.
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 21, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml rich amber with a slight haze and the best head i’ve seen in a long time. Poupori of aromas, fruitsalad, wafers and a malt sweetness. Not sure I get the grape thing - maybe grapes imported in to NZ are different? A rich fullness in the mouthfeel, sweet but other notes that defy description. Grapes & maple syrup - only in America huh?
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: The aroma is a combination of raisins, grapes, grain, and grass...a pretty unpleasant combo in my opinion. It pours a bright transparent amber with a moderate soapy off-white head. Weird combination of caramel and raisin up front. Finishes moderately grainy and lightly grassy. The flavors just don’t mesh and the graininess is very unpleasant. Light bodied with with mild carbonation.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I had this one right after it came out, and Im going off memory. Smelled like a very gentle belgium white. Very faint smell of fruit. Tasted crisp and light, hints of gape and hops, with some grain malts, and very drinkable. Unique flavor. Glad to see Sam Adams pick a non-typcal beer for this winner, although not entirely my choice of brews, but a refreshing alternative.
BeerFanDan17 (1073) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - NOV 20, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very tasty and smooth. Hints of grape. Pours light golden with a medium head. Unique.