Leighton (18745) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a mild, white head. Some earthy hops and caramel in the aroma. Light sweetness in the flavor, then mostly bitterness. Grassy, piney, earthy bitterness with a somewhat muddled, plastic finish. Light to medium in body with lively carbonation and slight alcohol. Some roastiness in the finish as well. The odd aftertaste seems to diminish as the beer warms a bit. Not bad.
MiP (15305) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very faint hop aroma. Seemingly clear amber colour. OK stable creamy tan head. Mild flowery hop flavour. Creamy mouthfeel, must be the rye. OK bitter finish, more aroma hop.
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Folsom BevMo. Pours gold with a creamy slight white head. Aroma of must and herb. Med body. Flavor is rye spice with some floral and arguably noble hop. The rye persists into the finish, and frankly is all that saves this ale that was otherwise crafted with less than required ingredients.
Ratman197 (13444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear golden amber with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of rye, earthiness, spicy hops and pine. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of rye, earthiness, spicy hops and light pine with a crisp dry lingering bitter rye finish.
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Small white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit/pine, some apricot, caramel. Light-medium body.
Drake (11961) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from the winter sampler. Pours a clear golden color with a moderate sized head. Poor head retention and fair lacing. Aroma is very faint... caramel, spicy rye and leafy hops. All very faint. Taste is fruity hops with rye and a bitter hoppy finish. Fruity throughout. Medium bodied.
shrubber85 (10762) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Spicy orange malt. Golden yellow with moderate head. Sweet orange malt and moderate bitter herbal/quinine flavor. Light body. Didn’t get any rye out of this - disappointing.
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m a hophead, and this one, procured in 4Q 09 from Pat’s in Pottstown, poured dark brown w off tan white head. Nose was rye malt, hopd, earthy peaty fruit. Fairly balanced palate with rye malt, earthy hops, some fruityt flsavors, and a rich finish. Solid, and a beer I’d like to see FX MAtt produce all year round.
phaleslu (9429) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle from a mixed Winter Saranac pack from A-1 Liquor in Indianapolis. Pours a clear yellow-gold color with a finger-thick eggshell white head. Notes of rye and citrusy hops jump forward, which is nice, and are followed by lemon citrus, straw, and earthy notes. No bitterness, a little light on the hops. Light-bodied, with active carbonation. Decent.
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale straw colour with a thick sticky white head. The nose is quite fresh and spicy. The rye is really expressive in here, coming through as a really light, zesty spiciness. The palate is a bit light and slightly citrusy. Zesty and lightly citrusy hops that complement the malts pretty nicely. The bittering hops are very underutilized... this feels like 30 IBUs. There is a nice light woodiness as well. I do like it, but it could use about 2X the hops.