Bif (1020) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Served an amber color with a decent head that faded to bits of lacing. Aroma of hops, bit of malt sweetness and grain. taste of citrus with an easy malt sweetness and a bit of grain. Nice bitterness and a fairly dry finish. Medium body, crisp, quite smooth and refreshing. Easy drinker, went well with a rainy afternoon in Auckland.
alaw (2) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 17, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rather surprisingly delicious! Comes across with a slightly sweet floral flavour but well balanced with hops and decent body for pale ale. Rather refreshing not to have an over hoped pale ale and not bad at 5.3%. One beer wasn’t enough .. it leaves you wanting the next.
PS If your drinking this at the Shakespeare Tavern don’t be put off by the downstairs public bar - just make sure to head straight upstairs. They serve food too at very decent prices and very friendly service. Most beers on tap are Monteiths.
drpimento (1936) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yum! Good beer! Served a bit cold for me in a chilled mug with a smallish off white head that fades to an island and ring after a bit and loads of fine lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber with plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, hop, caramel, toffee, grain, spice. Flavor’s much like nose with excellent balance betwixt mild sweetness, just dominant enough hop bitter, and carbonic tang. Body is a bit chewy and carbonation; both are spot on. Finish is like flavor, longish, and leaves me with a yearning for more. Great, fresh pale ale!