Gregis (1271) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear burnt orange with a fluffy beige head and patchy lace. On the nose are piny and lightly citric hops with a solid malt backing (perhaps some chocolate malt in there). Right after the pour it’s all about the hops, but after the head subsides, they take a step back and assume a supporting role. On the light side of medium-bodied, the mouthfeel is soft and creamy transitioning to a bitter finish that turns a bit astringent and tinny in the aftertaste. The flavor is of round somewhat chocolaty yet nondescript malt with earthy slightly piny hops in support. In the flavor, the "C" hops taste more like earthy/herbal British varietals...weird. The aroma, on the pour, was quite promising, but overall this beer just left me wondering what other beers I had in the fridge.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown in color with a small off white head. Aroma of some sharp crystal malt, light chocolate, some light citrus hops- seems faded. Taste has some chocolate malt, a touch of metal, some stale hops. Thin bodied.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Date: May 09, 2009
Appearance: clear dark red, fine off white head
Aroma: dry chocolate aroma, lots of floral and earthy hops
Flavor: dry chocolate flavor, lots of earthy hops keep it pretty dry, touch of nutty character, light bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
hubcrawler (37) - , Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a vermillion copper with a cream colored head that is reasonably sustainable. Strong aromas of toasted malt and spice with a fainter sense of hops. The flavor did not relate to the nice aromas previously described- there was a hint of sourness. The feel was a little thinner than expected, however, it was relatively smooth. This beer could have been better, but as is, it is average
otakuden (1704) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Coppery brown depths sparkle cheerfully at me from within their new home, my glass. A toppling khaki head crumbles into large clumps of soft foam which also, amazingly, stick to the sides of my glass. Impressive. But that was just her pour; how does the nose and palate fair? Warm brown spices, nuts, cinnamon, and lemon zest grab my attention while soft, chewy bready malts offer solid support. As I savor her nose, I notice a creeping sour, almost rotten funk in the back of her otherwise delicious bouquet. Now that I have noticed it, the rotten funk is rather prominent. My first quaff is thin and unassuming with the sour, moldy bread I smelled in her nose nipping at the tip of my tongue and back of my throat. Waxy lemon skin tries to find balance with very faint nuts and spice with cinnamon sprinkles. No chewy bready malt presence to her body at all, unlike the promise her nose gave me. Each quaff is as unpleasant as the first, and alas, I find myself pouring the rest of my glass.
I really wanted to like this beer. Brown ales, especially India-style Brown Ales, are delectably delicious, but something was horribly wrong with this one from Saranac. It wasn’t flat. The nose was almost perfect. No notable skunk of any chemical variety. Keeping all that in mind, I come to the conclusion it was just a bad beer.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a crystal clear light amber color, with a small light tan head. Smells of some light hops and caramel, and burnttoast aroma as well. the flavor is pretty toasty as well, with a nutty character to it, and subtle hoppness shows up in the finish. Light dark fruit presence is detectable as well. Just an average brown, but drinkable.
hopscotch (8250) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle… Clear copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. The aroma is all about caramel and spicy, metallic, peppery hops. Medium-bodied with stinging carbonation. Modest caramel and brown sugar sweetness balanced by medium hop bitterness. A touch beefy as well. Short, crisp, mostly clean finish. Bottle courtesy of mgumby10!
maniac (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from a mixed pack on 02/14/2009. Clear copper brown body with a medium frothy tan head. Sweet nutty aroma with a bit of earthy hops. Dry caramel, malt and nutty flavor, slightly grainy, with a bit of earthy hops in the background. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (7468) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours sparkling brown with an average, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is light malt (caramel, grain), heavy hops (perfume, pine), light yeast (earth) with notes of apple and wine. Light bodied, mineral texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.
mrant (330) - New York, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells sweetly of dark caramel malts with a nice sour hop aroma. Taste is similar to the scent: nice dark caramel malts followed by a very nice sour, makes-you-sneeze citrus hops. Very nice India Brown