ADesenberg (471) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: pours a nice clear yellow with just a tiny coppery hint to the color. It has a nice foamy off white head on it. Aroma... cereal. Some faint hop floweriness if I start to look for it. The flavor is where this one shines. I wouldn’t call it exciting, but it’s nice, clean and crisp. It drinks very easily and I could see how in its time this was a revolutionary beer, and for that it gets bonus points. It’s got a nice hop bitterness, without being offensive or shocking. Nice.
Sammer (1006) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Taste is lemon peel, grass, hay and grain. Decent, but nothing to write home about.
Trev (1822) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Gold pour with a medium white head.
aroma is musty grain, biscuity malt. grassy and light citrusy hop.
Somewhat sourish grainy flavour. Grassy hop, pithy orange peel and a dryish finish.
NJBeerman013 (1042) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours warm golden in color with an ample white head. Aroma notes heavy of grass, cereal grain, and light citrus. Very piney hops up front, light citrus zing, and smooth rich malts form a nice body. Clean and clear finish.
gripweed57 (492) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy medium gold color topped by a medium-sized bubbly white head. Light grainy malt aroma. Subtle Notes of fresh hay and citrus hops. Crisp toasted malt flavor with dryish notes. Toasted nuts and black pepper in the mid taste. Medium-bodied yet light and drinkable. Finish is dry and bitter and the spicy hops shine here. Long dry aftertaste.
heemer77 (5079) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Medium gold brew with a bright white head. The nose has dough, citrus and a little bit of potatoes. A decent nose. Flavors of orange rinds meld with almonds and caramel. There is a sweet finish with some hint of hay. A decent APA with just a hint of buttery goodness.
ChainGangGuy (4273) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Enjoy By: Jul 2013.
Appearance: Pours a medium yellow body with a light, airy, tall, snow white head. Sticky wisps of lacing on the way down.
Smell: Just a gentle whisper of maltiness, as lightly bready as can be with equally modest notes of spice and lemon.
Taste: Lightly bready, mild-mannered pale malts with just a touch of imparted sweetness. Lightly spicy, peppered hops hinting just a bit little of lemony citrus and an altogether soft bitterness, though it’s amply bitter to rebound the sweetness. Drying, faintly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. A bit lighter and more sprightly on the tongue than most.
Overall: A particularly pale pale ale, feeling more blonde-ish to me, though I liked it for a simple, easy-going brew that kind of grows on you.
burg326 (3086) - Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle pohrs a light golde pale yellow with aromas of frain and ligbt fruit. Flavors are the same a basic beer with a homebrew thpe of feel. Light grain and some light sour fruit.
Scrapersnbeer (1392) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Raw grainy, grassy aroma. Yellow lager like appearance. Sharp, hard bitter taste, more so than expected although not specifically hoppy. Crisp and rough feeling is how I’d describe the palate feel. Retro-modern beer that’s a cut above those mass market golden ales from Canada, without really encroaching on Koch’s contemporary standards.
ACHops (566) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours pale straw yellow with thin head that laces evenly and incredibly well. Aroma is not much - faint spice notes. Taste is light crystal malt followed by sharp grassy hops. Finishes clean but with lasting bitterness. I don’t think I’ve ever described a beer as grainy, as several other raters have for this, but I get it. Kinda coarse mouthfeel with corn notes. Not as refined or smooth as most current offerings, but clean and refreshing. This must have been a real revelation in its day. Bonus points for this being a cool homage to a true craft beer pioneer - great story behind this beer and kudos to Koch for taking it on.