Scrapersnbeer (1387) - 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 IPLís popping up from various brewers. This one doesnít 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 isnít 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.
Shanebrews (122) - - MAR 3, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
For supposedly being 30 IBU and dry-hopped during aging there is not much hop presence in the nose, but what is there is pleasant. The appearance is unremarkable, a gold color with modest head. The taste is also unremarkable, a smooth malt with a bit of hop and a short finish. All of this makes for a bland sipping experience.
snoworsummer (1480) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle. Pours clear amber with a fizzy white head. Tastes like malt, wheat, some yeast, and a cider feel. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like cool malt and grains.
sonnycheeba (2944) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from sampler pack. Pours clear gold with creamy white head. Aroma is cereal and pale malts, lager yeast, light toast, and faint citrus. Flavor is dry malts, light toast, faint caramel, and faint bitterness; dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.
DocLock (7421) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours gold with off-white head. Nose is grainy malt, mild hops. Tastes light on the palate, dry, with finishing hops and pale malt. Thank you, sir, but I will not have another.
Butters (3658) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from the mix pack. Clear golden pour with a fair layer of offwhite head. nose is stanky citrus and slight metallic twinge. Flavor is much more powerful than expected. Nice pleasant earthy/dusty hop flavor complements a fairly sweet mild toasted caramel backbone. Actually enjoyed this a bit. And unlike many of the older saranacs, it doesnít seem watered down!
MarkBarnes (369) - Waterville, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Feb. 2, 2014; 12 oz. bottle. Golden pour. Little-to-no head or lacing. Grainy, with medium body & less carbonation than Iíd expected. Drinkable, but this recipe should probably go back to the drawing board.
BrewIPA (79) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle, aroma less appealing for a lager but taste is better than what aroma suggested. A simple lager with some crisp light hop taste.
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beerbill (3254) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a moderate-large white head that lasted through the first two sips and left little lace. The aroma is predominantly husky grain with perhaps a few wisps of citrus, but thatís about it. The flavor is very husky grain. None of the lager smoothness at all. The grain flavor is harsh on the palate. Mild-moderate bitterness at the finish that is really masked by the graininess of this beer. Not a fan.
Drake (7836) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a large creamy white head. Average head retention. Aroma of caramel malts, floral, herbal hops and a bit of charred wood. The taste is floral hops, some tropical notes, caramel malts. Medium bodied.
Ron (2313) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured orangish with a decent head. Good hops aroma. Some hops in the flavor mixed with somehting else. A little bit of malt in this. Some bite at the end. It was alright.