ACHops (711) - 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.
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"Very perfumey and fruity aroma, and eventually taste (as the beer warms). It went from being pretty ho hum to being different and unique, slightly sweet. but it actually became a bit too much perfume in the flavor."
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - SEP 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-24-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed light amber-yellow color with a nice thick and billowy just off white head. The head fades very slowly over time leaving a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The smell is rather light overall but consists of some notes of a grainy and bready nature as well as some aromas of a a light citrus and herbal hop smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a good bready and grainy base mixed with a lighter sweetness of caramel and some light fruit of an orange nature. Flavors of some yeast and a bit of spice are present in the beginning as well with them persisting almost entirely to the end. More toward the middle of the taste some citrus hop starts coming to the tongue, with the caramel and fruit flavors dwindling a bit. The citrus hop fades more toward the end of the taste, but is replaced by other hop flavors of a floral and herbal nature. In the end a rather crisp and clean lightly hopped grainy flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the lighter to average side in its creaminess as well as carbonation. Both create a very nice crisp feel on the tongue and are nice for creating a very drinkable and refreshing beer while keeping a good level of flavor.
Overall- A very enjoyable and refreshing brew. It contains a lot of characteristics of a lager (crispness and graininess) with some flavors of a more hefeweizen nature (yeast, citrus, and spice). Tasty and enjoyable.
arnold931 (574) - Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a dark gold color with small white head. Nose is malt and hay hops. Taste is similar with grain and moderate bitterness. Mild overall.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 19, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
THOUGHTS: Funny how tame this seems by today’s standard, but I can see how crazy this would have been for Bud and Miller drinkers of the ’70s. Nice hop bite. Hope flavor was great but the aroma, overall, was a little weak. Thank God for all the dry hopping that goes on today.
TECHNICAL: Drank 2/24/2013. Bottle. Poured a light to medium. golden yellow with and average, ever so slightly off-white head that slowly but fully diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma contained light pale malt, grain and white bread; light citrus hops; light doughy yeast; and hints of honey. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and moderately bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter with and average duration. There was lemon, citrus light bread, cracker, pale malt, citrus rind, some pin and a little honey. The light to medium body was sort of creamy and then a bit dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.
lmatos (28) - San Juan, Alabama, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very refreshing beer. Citrus aroma and a light citrus flqvor. A very good summer beer
TXBadger (1421) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with light white head. Pine, some spice, and a little grass and citrus on the nose; follows onto the palate.
probstblueribbon (2944) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 fl oz bottle from Potsdam, served cold in a tulip glass. Hazy deep golden with a thin white head. Quite fruity and sweet, peppery/vegetal/floral hops, bread crust and a little caramel. Medium body with lively carbonation. Quite floral and perfumed, a bit fruity, dusty/peppery, a little pine/resin; almost dry with some bitterness and a slightly oxidized, pine, fruity finish. Not very good.
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a light golden yellow colored body yielding a one finger white foamy head, streams of slowly moving carbonation are seen rising. Some spotty lacing is left here and there around the pint glass.
The smell had malts and butteriness up front, yet some slight distinct notes of hops faintly in the background.
The taste was sweet and smooth through the malts.
The palate sat about a medium with some light harshness on the tongue. It leaves a buttery aftertaste and a sticky finish. This is a fairly sessionable beer as the alcohol really isn’t tasted or felt whatsoever.
Overall, this was not bad, but nothing spectacular. This was decent for its style and just average to me.
MarkSachon (604) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Loved the spices and the clean crisp taste. Another great one from Sam Adams.
Fredis23 (481) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy Amber Color, Medium Frothy Head, Decent Lacing. Faint Pine Floral Hop Aroma. Malt, Light Sweetness and Pine Hops. While it is drinkable, it really does not stand out in today’s over saturated craft beer scene. Therefore this has to be rated from a different perspective - as a very first craft beer that has started it all when macros ruled it all. Not bad At All.