Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 5/3/13 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on 5/17/13.
Appearance: A very hazy yellow with about two fingers of a pretty creamy looking head. Dies down to one, and eventually a film. Lacing is very nice on it.
Smell: Orange, piney hops, and not much else -- not that I mind. Very nice.
Taste/feel: Eek. Alright, so this beer smelled great, so I was expecting a world-class sort of <5% ABV beer... hopes too high. Beard of Zeus is just tragically unbalanced. While there’s actually a noticeable malt profile in this beer (unlike what I got in Hopstache), it doesn’t seem to create much balance at all. Also much like Hopstache, Beard of Zeus is bitter from (mostly) beginning to end, and it lingers. I think this beer feels and drinks better than Hopstache (different styles of beer, I know... but I can’t help but compare), but it’s really unbalanced. I do love the aroma, look, and feel of this, but there’s not enough malt to cut the hop bitterness... much too bitter, at least at first, to be considered "refreshing", as well. On the plus side, once the beer warms up a bit, the malt flavor comes through a little bit more to cut some bitterness away. Additionally, the orange tastes seem to burst a bit more. This tastes much better after being out of the fridge for about 10-15 minutes... almost like an entirely different beer.
Regardless of all of the negatives, definitely one of the better sub-5% ABV beers that I’ve ever tasted.
jredmond (5295) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the very last beers sampled at GABF 2012 with Andrew and Moreau. Notes of pine, citrus, fresh hop. Nice IPA and one of my fav shorts offerings at the festival.
nimbleprop (4758) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at GABF. Pours a hazy gold with some creamy head. Hoppy nose, some malt sweetness, a little sugary, a little yeasty, clean. Sweet, malty flavor, honey, pine, orange, lemon. Medium bodied, zesty finish. Nose could be better, but otherwise this is nice.
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2012. Yellow. Bright hop aroma with a fresh hop aroma, like a wet-hop ipa, with a floral character. One of the better IPAs I had at GABF.
jkwood04 (3849) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle in a stemless bulb. Pours golden with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of a lot of floral and citrusy hops plus light orange and a nice caramel/pale maltiness. Flavor really good with a nice citrus component. Average texture. A good beer.
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from mikem409. Pours a mostly opaque orange-blonde with a medium white head. Aroma is very fruity and hoppy, lots of citrus, and the orange peel comes through pretty clearly. Taste is heavy bitter, mild-medium sweet. Finish is bitter. Medium body, one of the more full-bodied <5% ABV beers I’ve ever had, well carbonated. If you want something really hoppy on a hot day, this is perfect.
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought a single from the Blue Goat wine shop in TC. Poured in tulip glass. Pour is a orange/gold color with a slight haze. Nice half inch or so white head that lingers to an "oil spill appearance" on top. Aroma is citrus, grassy, piney, sweet, with a hint of grapefruit. Taste is a smooth, light, hoppy, bitterness that lingers slightly. You can taste some pine/ grassyness to it and is a clean, crisp, light finish
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest in Denver, Colorado. Nice hop scents, flavor is big time pine, big bite.
Mittenator (1277) - Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to dogfish head IPA glass. Light gold with a slight haze and a frothy off-white head. Spicy hops, orange and a slight skunk in the aroma. Piney upfront and finishes with some biscuit and grains. Really spicy. Nice and light.
dalekliz (870) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a bug foamy white head that lingers. Citrus aroma, of orange zest, hops, and a hint of grapefruit. Taste is bitter and smooth, starts a bit floral and orangey, then picks up a big hoppy bitterness and bready yeast, with some creamier malt and sugar. Lingering bitterness. Nice IPA.