ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 Can. Very hearty looking, dark amber with light crimson and brown tinges throughout. Well-retained off-white head, mostly clear body. Aroma has sharp, dry hops, butterscotch, caramel and a faint roastiness. Flavor begins with a mix of honey-cream and light roast. Medium-full body does not get watery or thin. Hops are intensely drying, but not citric or even terribly flavorful. Spikee is right, this one is similar to a Marzen, with the toasted grains, plenty of earthiness and a crisp bite at the end. Sweet cream and caramel notes linger near the end, lightly, and provide enough balance to keep this beer interesting and at the same time, refreshing. Intense flavor, decent balance, but maybe a shade too dry and a bit overcarbonated. These guys should try some more styles.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Horseshoe Pub. Amber brown color, large white head. Earthy spice malt aroma. Very tasty sweet malt body, well balanced, just an intangible pleasantness to this beer. There arenít too many beers I consider session ales for myself, but this may become one of them. To think, Iíve only avoided this thus far because it comes in cans...
spikee (96) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet honey aroma with a touch of nuts. Pale amber appearance, with virtually no head or lacing to speak of. Flavor is sweet with hints of oktoberfest style ales. Light bodied. Not sure quite what it is, but thereís something about this beer that definitely makes me want more. Itís available in limited quanities in my area here in New England and is only sold in cans.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just had a small sampling of this out of a can. Thatís right, a can. I have no idea how old or new this was, but I really liked it. Found the taste to be extremely well balanced and very drinkable. As good as (if not better than) Daleís for a nice USA canned micro. Well done.
ukoolaid (575) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Art of Beer í04: Amber color with fluffy white head. Malty aroma. Malty amber flavor. Not a lot of hops. Kinda boring.
freekyp (1411) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very malty nose leads this dark amber pale ale. Well balanced with a very creamy body. Moderate hops offset the finish. A great amber.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Faint malt aroma, very little hops. Nice red-amber color, very clear, with only a collar of a head. Flavor is nice and malty, with good amounts of diacetyl, but finishes a little harsh (tannic?).
ToadMan (558) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden amber color with lots of carbonation. Nice rich malty aroma. Lots of carbonation makes it taste like a malty soda to start, by mid bottle the hoppieness catches up and it becomes slightly biter. Slightly sour and it just doesnt balance well, mediocore beer.
Holdwine (1048) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Starts great, with a nice creamy head, dark gold color and strong floral notes. Unfortunately, the taste, although very good, does not keep up with the buildup. Nice but slightly off flavor, canít quite put my finger on it. Sweetness is there, but then it gets watery and even the dry finish seems to linger. Nice beer, not a great beer.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Creamy whitish head. Copper hue. Apples and leather in the nose. Starts light and sweet. Light to medium bodied, quaint malts, sweet first, finishes with a clean crisp hoppiness. Very drinkable, great session beer.