kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample rating (though I’ll be reconfirming my rating with a growler later this weekend; I should note that the hangtag of the growler says 5.3%, for the sake of argument). Pours a clear, bright yellow color; fine-bubbled white head with light retention and solid lacing. Very quiet nose with just a bit of brown sugar and some basic mineral bitterness; quiet. Medium body; lively carbonation; nicely crisp, mineral bitterness playing the key role here; quite pleasantly bitter; light, toasty maltiness underneath; very drinkable, non-resiny, rounded bitterness; tasty stuff. Medium finish of mineral bitterness and a light, lasting malt toastiness.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at RNH. Pours a clear copper with a thin head. Aroma is nice toasty biscuity malts, light nuts, some chocolate ashy hint with herbal leafy hops. Flavor is a touch weak, light floral hops over light caramel and toffee malts, light burt toast, herbal and earthy but clean crisp finish. Ok.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at RnH. As usual, SN nails the clean, easy drinking body in one of their lagers. This thing one is crisp, with a slightly distinctly German malt complexity, with notes of almond and herbs. Lovely body, with none of the usual veggie notes found in many German-style lagers. Good stuff.
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rattle n Hum during their Sierra Nevada event. Pours a clear orange with thin white head. Toast and caramel on the nose. Light caramel with some faint malt and graininess. Sweet malt and caramel. Spicy and earthy hop presence in the middle. Toast and malt spice on the finish. Nice and simple.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at rattle n hum. Poured a deep dark amber nose is malty. Smooth crisp refreshing malty beer. Nice.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours an amber body with a scant white head. Malty hints of cinnamon and light grains. Very soft and light. A hint of nuts, cracker wafers. Bread and honey. A bit herbal. 3.4
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Rattle N Hum.
Clear amber/gold with some off white head. Aroma is fairly light with some malty notes and caramel along with some faint hops. Light bodied and refreshing, very smooth, clean malty finish with a very faint bitterness. Easy drinking.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap @ RnH - copper color. touch of adjunct grain, smooth bodied and sweet. Dry caramel malts. Good, but astringent finish. Clean and well balanced.
malrubius (1988) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Catch up time. On tap at R n H. Amber with small head. Caramelized malty earthy minerally with bitter finish. Good. Lack the slight residual smokiness of the incredible and sorely missed Rauchenfelser.
JaBier (5139) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the brewpub on 8/4/10. Clear gold pour with a thin white head. Nose is malty with some grassy hops. Flavor starts with sweet malt, then bitter grassy hops before a sweet finish.