Emeister84 (442) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aromas of floral, grassy, herbaceous, and slightly citrusy hops, alongside light caramel, and subtle fruitiness. Clear copper with a mostly lasting, white head. Dry, lightly bitter, and a little toasty. Light bodied, crisp, and clean, with an earthy, hoppy finish.
j12601 (5609) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. I started to write this as Dry Hoop Lager. And then I thought what a hoop would taste like. I guess it depends on what kind of hoop it is. Anyway, this hoop-free beer pours a clear amber with a large white head. I don’t really get much hoppiness on the nose either, just some sweet caramel and a lot of graininess. Medium bodied, grainy and sweet. Lots of weird gritty caramel and a bit of cardboard. Bitterness on the finish, toast and a lot more grain. Drinkable I guess, but I don’t want to.
mcox90 (1272) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours amber/gold with a one finger off white head. Earthy hop aroma up front, secondary wheat with some honey notes. Grainy, malty taste with a hoppy aftertaste. Thin palate, crisp. Ok brew
Scrapersnbeer (980) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
New spring beer for this season. The idea of a very hoppy lager is gaining some traction lately, with so-called IPL’s popping up from various brewers. This one doesn’t smell resinous as expected, but rather has the metal-caramel aroma of many Saranac ales. It is a dark orange like an amber ale, and visibly carbonated. Very bitter up front, but unfortunately the malt flush washes it right out before the finish. This is not an unpleasant effect necessarily, it just isn’t what I expected. Hoppy Vienna lager anyone? I would get this out at a bar, as it is light bodied and refreshing while still flavorful.
BeerFanDan17 (895) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 10, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A good idea, but this lost the malt character of the lager and ended up too bitter.
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vicg12 (12) - - MAR 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice hop aroma right away. Good head, burnt orange color. I was very interested to try this beer, a dry hopped lager, with tons of hops. Just sounds mighty interesting, and it was just that, interesting, and not much more. You definitely get the hops, but it just doesn’t mix right with the lagering, it’s not terrible but it’s definitely not "good", it’s decent. It’s worth a try for something different, I recommend the Saranac 12 Beers A Springing mix they have out right now because you get some other really great beers along with this one.
arventresca (484) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours the orangish color we love. For a lager its got pretty good bite. A little hoppy with some malts.
DCLawyer (687) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle->SA. Light orange/gold with frothy white head. Aroma has hops over light malt with lingering notes of hay. Taste is bitter hops, leather, hemp, and notes of spice. An interesting, if slightly odd, above average lager.