Oakes (13065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Real Gastropub, Honolulu. Hazy blonde. Mellow earthy hop aroma, quite fresh. Sweet pale malts, light bitterness, with soft continental hops. Very good.
Leighton (12635) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home in CT - big thanks to Nancy for this one! Pours mostly clear matte yellow, faintly effervescent, with a frothy white head. Beautiful aroma, packed with grassy and floral hops, some pithy citrus notes, plenty of biscuity pale malts. Light-medium sweet flavor with mor biscuits, some crackers, straw, cereal, lemon rind, grass. Light to medium bodied with average carbonation. Crisp and clean on the finish with some crunchy cereal, bitter grass, slight pine needles, pale bread, biscuits. Lingering grassy bitterness. Excellent balance. Nice hop character while staying true to style - this isn’t a new age IPL. Wonderful beer.
brokensail (12022) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Clear golden pour with a fluffy white head. Smells of bright citrus, bready malt, and a hint of dough. Slight apple and playdough. Subtle chalk and lots of floral hops. Nice sweetness of malt/bread to the flavor. Slight graininess, grass, and lots of fresh flowers. Baked apple, subtle pear, and a little bit of grain husk. One of the better beers in the set.
argo0 (11823) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Medium white head atop clear straw body. Aroma is medium sweet, melon, some spicy, grape, berry. Taste is moderately sweet, grape, spicy, some grassy, light lager yeast lemon. Light-medium body, light resin.
bhensonb (11805) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from a mix box from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours lemony translucent gold with a foamy white head. Aroma has lots of white grape, earth and floral. Med body or close. Some light malt, a little bready, with that white grape, earth and floral accompaniment. Actually what I thought was earth might be malt. Tasty and arguably a bit complicated beer here. All that white grape, with NZ hops, I’m betting on Nelson Sauvin. Whatever, it’s fresh and lovely beer, even from a bottle. Yummy.
Tmoney99 (11365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy hop and earthy malt aroma. Medium to full body with a dry slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer and one of the best of style I have had.
Ratman197 (10454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear gold with a small lasting white head. Aromas of straw, earthiness and light grapefruit zest. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness and a hint of pine with a crisp dry finish.
BeerandBlues2 (10390) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, courtesy of sonnycheeba. Pours clear gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is fresh, fragrant spicy and earthy hops, crisp cracker and Pils malt. Flavor is moderate hops and bright hop bitterness, supporting crisp Pils malt, clean, balanced flavor and a dry finish. Light body and moderate carbonation.
jtclockwork (9869) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy yellow white head. Nose/taste of pine, lemon, light fruity citrus and dry bread. Lighter bodied. Refreshing.
hopscotch (9844) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Pours crystal-clear and yellow with a small, fluffy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is grainy and spicy – spent mash, white pepper and chili peppers. Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation. The flavor is doughy, grainy and certainly bitter. Finishes crisp with lingering hop bitterness.