wimpyjoe (1742) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hoppy craft brew but one with a varied mix of fruits of its pleasant taste.
madmitch76 (9990) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
5th October 2011
Hamilton Hall Spoons. Clear gold beer, small white head. Smooth dry palate, a little soft. No carbonation! Clean pale malt with some sweetish hops. Slightly sherbetty citrus. All pretty subtle. Dry finish with minerals.
Brigadier (2275) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
A solid but unremarkable release, this beer might be dull because I find it hard to get overly excited about golden ales. It is sessionable and light on the palate yet somehow I still donít find myself wishing I had ordered a full pint. Perhaps that is the curse of a brewery cranking out too many solid beers and raising expectations.
Aroma / Appearance - The golden bronze body shimmered with a soft white head providing some contrast. Tropical notes were a little bit different than your typical golden ale. This feels more Caribbean than some cheap yellow lagers.
Flavor / Palate - Bitter tangerines were the first of a series of sweet sensations. Lemons and a buttery finish wrap up a decent beer. Like biting into a fake piece of waxed fruit it has the feel of something out of place. You can tell it is a Fat Headís release though; the citrusy IPAs are not that subtle. All around this is a good collaboration.
Nephilium (1163) - Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Growler Pour) - Labeled an ESB at the brewery. The American hop strains are really on display with this beer. It starts with a big blast of Citra hops, and pours a pale amber with a full white head. Mild malt flavors, with hints of biscuit and bread, which is quickly overpowered by the hops. This is a really nice drinking sessionable beer. I can easily see why fans of traditional ESBís might be taken back by this beer, which almost hits the hop levels of an APA.
pottygok (364) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Hints of citrus hoppiness with a nice malty aroma, nutty if I had to label it.
Appearance: Clear dark gold with a thick white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves lots of lacing.
Taste: Light sweetness with hints of bitterness that build across the tongue. Very nice, and not too strong.
Palate: Medium body, light, crisp texture, lively carbonation, with a long, mild finish.
Overall: This is a nice, solid beer, well developed and balanced. Iím not blown away, but could certainly see putting back a few of these. Nice session beer.
downender (5275) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol 4/10/2011. Golden with a slight white head. Fruity aroma with some grassy hops. Flavour had solid, cereal malts with contrasting citrus fruit and dry finish.
wheresthepath (1294) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Cask at the Falcon (JDW), High Wycombe] Deep gold, large white head. Lots of flowers and pine with just the right amount of bitterness at the end. A resinous mouthfeel with a dry finish. One of the best at this Wetherspoons festival - a good mix of American flavours and British balance, just what I was hoping for.
maeib (7634) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask conditioned Handpump High Cross Leicester. A light golden beer with a white head. Slight in the nose. Good citrus flavours but with a UK like creaminess. A tad chewy at times but the hops do shine after a while with Cascade flavours to the fore. A tail of two quarters really in this half pint as it certainly picked up, with even some spicy hop entering the aroma.
bobinlondon (1216) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand pulled cask at the Moon and Sixpence (JDW) Hatch End. Gold with a lively white head in the peak of fresh condition. The US hops are unmistakable (if a little under used). Unlike some people, I thought that this was quite a decent effort.
pjj16 (14) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
time to get some yankees rating this! tough style 2 have smell great. terrific hops bite upfront followed by bitter british bite featuring some subtle nuttiness. outstanding.