574deadzone (538) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stella. Pours a rich orange-copper with a thinner khaki head that left behind some intricate sticky lace. Nose consisted mostly of hop notes: an interesting blend of pine resin and earth with minimal fruit notes. Taste was very much bitter with hardly any sweetness. Palate was closer to medium bodied, fairly actively carbonated with a solidly bitter finish. A decent, hoppy brew focused mostly on the bittering side of hops versus the aromatics as I experienced it.
Silphium (2969) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Shortís. Hazy medium orange body, thin off-white ring of carbonation. Nose of sugared citrus (grapefruit) rind. Catty, citrus rind body with emphasis on bitter grapefruit peel and next to no sweetness, backed by dry biscuity malts that take a back seat. Firm, dry, and punchy.
Huhzubendah (1979) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Adam brought back a growler of this from Michigan. Thanks!
This pale ale has a clear, dark, yellow appearance. A once inch white head is perched atop the beer, and leaves a healthy amount of lacing on the glass. The Stellar Ale is a single hop pale ale, using only Amarillo Hops. The beer has a delectable aroma, and the taste follows suit. The presence of the Amarillo hops is very strong. Freshness is key with hoppy beers, and this is a fresh growler from the source. Very nice. This beer is effortless to drink, has plenty of flavor, and a clean, refreshing feel. This was a very pleasant surprise. Well done, Shortís!
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at Brickhouse (Madison, WI). Pours a nice well hazed darker glowing amber copper hue, darker with some orange. A frothy whitish head dies to a good film, laces ok. Aromas are powerful, a lot of oranges, citrusy lemon, grass. Sweeter bread, toast, and biscuits. Initial is medium bodied offering a healthy hopping, good citrusy grapefruit, lemon, and grass. Touches of toffee, toast, and bread dough. Really lively, light, healthy hopping really keeps me going. Finish is soap, florals, grass, and grapefruit. Really dry finish keeps me pretty interested. Really liked this beer with a healthy citrusy bite and linger strong hops.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.
Pours a dark golden color with a single-finger white head and a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose is indeed Amarillo all the way with some floral and citrus character. As it warms, however, it gets to be a bit catty. Iíve heard people talk about this with Amarillo beers before, though Iíd never really experienced it until now. Some grain there as well. It gets extra catty and odd as it warms, particularly in the flavor and finish. A bit astringent with an odd sort of bitterness. Too bad as this was not very good and it was the one I was most looking forward to.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 06-04-2011
argo0 (10338) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Hazy amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some grapefruit, light cattiness. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some lime. Soft medium body, light acidity.
GT2 (5657) - Riverslime, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Churchkey for Shorts Tap Takeover. The pour is a clear golden with a healthy white head. Nose is very fresh and intense citrus and melon hops. Taste is bitter, soapy, more APA like, with a nice dose of potpourri and dried bitter citrus peel. Soapy, dry, and sharp palate. Very nice.
manny57 (162) - Battle Creek, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a sample pour at the brewpub. An interesting pale that drinks like an IPA. A bitter finish that may be in excess. Overall, not too bad.
mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A decent pale ale with some delicious hops that provide a bitter, dry finish.
Drake (6488) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on draft at the Michigan Summer Beerfest, 2010, as part of RBSG festivities. Pours a clear amber color with a thin head. Hoppy aroma with notes of peach, citrus and caramel. Very nice. The taste is bitter hops with minty and herbal notes. Medium bodied. Nice beer.