wlajwl (5829) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can taste the hops more than anything but the malts do have a good prescence. A hard beer to categorize, among the better Schell beers.
BigBeer45 (1436) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
has a clear light amber-gold pour with a one and half finger faint off white head (has a slight haze from small bit of sediment in the bottle), the effervescence is medium, left some spots and lines of lacing on the glass when I swirled and I drank, no sediment in the bottle,
the aromas consisted of toasted malt, bread, a little malt sweetness with grassy and fresh mint scented hops, nice aroma,
there were flavors of toasted malt, bread, some bitter hops, that had a little orange and lemon citrus flavor, there were more hops in this beer than I was expecting, the finish has a little bitterness and does finish dry on the palate,
mouth feel is less than medium with nice carbonation,
a enjoyable drink.
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black Hills Beer Fest - under the guise of 150th Anniversary. Pours a clear dusty copper color with a small ring of beige head. Sweet and malty aroma, yet tangy with florals. Even some citrus. Tastes malt-forward, but not overly sweet. Certainly not bland. Nice citrus hop presence and even some pine. Nice session beer.
Onslow (1406) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Medium amber brew with thick head and good head retention. Aroma dominated by grassy hops. Excellent flavor with a definate malt background that avoids being overly heavy or cloyingly sweet. Great complex hops bite late in the swallow and linging into the finish. Distrint dry-hopped characteristics that rivals many very good pale ales. I really like this one.
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a clear light amber with a decent head and some lacing, the aroma is of some sweet malt and bread mixed in with metal, the flavor is sweet but has a metallic finish, decent brew just nothing special.
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle.
A - Lighter, crisp tawny color with an average sized, tight foamy, sticky, fluffy, slightly off-white head. Very nice retention with a nice layer of lace left.
S - Bready and grainy malt are strong. Nice hint of citrus hops and a slight sweetish lemony citrus as well. Spicy aroma and a hint of herbal aroma.
T - Similar to the nose with a good bready backbone. Very strong hop presence for the style. Leafy herbal hops along with a strong citrusy hop flavor. Spicy and lemony flavors. Touches of caramel malt. Quite bitter hoppiness on top of a typical lager type taste.
M - Light body with average carbonation. Crisp feel.
D - Pretty easy drinking for this beer. The hoppy kick doesn’t weigh too much on the palate and it is pretty crisp and refreshing.
Notes: Not too bad. Plenty of hoppiness. Nice, crisp, refreshing beer that was easy to drink, but it didn’t really impress me that much. I would get it again, but not one I will regularly get.
Nsanders (1013) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber body. Nice floral hop aroma with a light alcohol smell. Less bitter than expected, pepper taste hides under the bitterness. Lighter body with fine carbonation.
bpreo (2539) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is the 150th Anniversary brew. That’s an old brewery. I’m sure lots of changes have occurred since 1860. Taste is ok, nothing amazing. Just ok. Would have liked a traditional beer brewed with an original recipe from 1860.
asedzie (786) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber with medium off-white head, delicate lacing. Aroma jumps right out, bright leafy pine and floral hop scent, subtle citrus notes. Flavor and palate are outstanding. Round, nicely textured malt. A cleanness noticeable from the lager yeast, fresh cookie dough malt flavor, very mild spice, lingering bitterness and piney resin. A world-class lager that could probably compete with some of the best of germany and czech, very nicely balanced, too, not over the top with american hop flavors.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
aroma was a zesty hop malt aroma but this penny aroma starts to come through,thought it might be my glass but the remaining beer in the bottle smelled the same. Taste was a balance of sweeter malts and grainy hops,finishes with that tinny flavor,not awful,but not good enough to be a 150 Anniversary