tennisjoel (1377) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Grassy Aroma. Nice Hoppy flavor. Malt comes through as well. Well balanced. Solid!!
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wonderful pale ale......nicely hoppy and crisp...thick head lots of lacing...... beautiful
Ratman197 (13432) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear copper with an amber head. Aroma was grassy with notes of pine and citrus. Palate was medium bodied, dry and resiny. Flavor was earthy, with notes of carmel and hay and a warming bitter finish.
MrBrewski (42) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, Old Chicago Eden Prairie. Poured a nice reddish brown with a smallish off-white head that mostly diminished. Picked up notes of citrus and some caramel. Taste had that refreshing grapefruit hop tingle balanced by a bit of malt. This was a surprise beer and I did not expect that much of it after several other brews in front of it that did not measure up. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. I hope to see this beer around yearly.
danita (3) - USA - OCT 26, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great overall taste. One of the better seasonal beers I have had this year.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Drafting Room. Pours a deep reddish orange color body with a small white head. Very sweet hop nose. The flavor was a fresh tasting grapefruit with a little black pepper and some grass. Smooth, medium bodied. Really good beer.
Suttree (6105) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmmmmmmmm, tasty. I was lucky enough to stumble upon this one (almost literally - it was late...) at Jack of the Wood in Asheville. Brown with a decent head. Great hop aroma grabs you right up front. Flavor, is as one might imagine, dominated by fresh, clean hop flavor - some grass, some resin, some grapefruit, all good. Its too bad I found this so late, I could’ve drank it all night.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Amber-brown color, medium beige head with superb lacing. Hops and malt in aroma, very floral. Very tasty flavor, almost spicy, with a lot of hop flavors in the middle and end. Some graininess in finish, and a very bitter aftertaste that is bordering on astringent.
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours amber mahagony with a small off-white head. Fruity caramel malt and hop aroma. Grapefruit citrus hop caramel malt acidic bitter hop flavor. Medium bodied and fizzy, dry palate.
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2006 10/22/06: Re-rated one year later. This new vintage unfortunately cannot touch last year’s. Has a harsh malt that is pervasive and overwhelms the hop that was so key to last year’s batch. Smell’s like a pale ale. Is a clear amber with an off-white, thin head and excellentlace. Disappointing. 10/21/05: I had no idea this beer was so good when I ordered it tonight at Old Chicago in Minnetonka, MN. Starts out with a fresh, bitter aroma. Clear, amber body with slow, dispersed carbonation. Good sized, tight bubble, slightly off-white head. Creamy, whispy head with excellent lace. Bitter flavor that tastes like it’s higher in alcohol. I would have guessed 7-8%. The fact that it is only 6.3% gives it some session quality. This is really good. A full bodied bouquet of flavor. Sweet and fruity. It was initially served too cold, but in a 25 ounce glass, it at least was still cool by glass’ end. Wow! I hope this brew makes an annual visit to these parts. Ar 8, Ap 5, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 17.