puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at, err, Lil’ Frankie’s. Go figure. This was surprisingly decent, super fresh, old school example of a pale ale. Surprising coming from 6p., they tend to hop the hell out of every beer they make, but this one is mild in the hop with much more of a malt spine. The aroma is minerally, with salad-like notes of lettuce and hearts of palm. Some fresh, mild hops. Clean, light body, with a solid malt backbone. Light, non-dominant hops in the finish, with a touch of bitterness. Easy drinking and accessible, perfect for the location and the crowd.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Lil Frankie’s: Pours a golden orange with an off white, dense lacing head. Citrusy hop nose- some cascade character. Some background sweet notes of pale malt. Light body with medium carbonation (perhaps a touch too carbonated). Flavor is a bit sweet- pale malts give off mild grainy notes with a sweet citrusy hop middle. Not much bittering hop character. Seem like most of the hops were thrown in late in the boil. Simple and a bit boring.
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had a pint of this in the late afternoon today with a meal at Lil’ Frankies on 19 1st Ave, NYC, which I highly suggest to anyone looking for a great Italian place in the Lower East Side. The abundance of hops sparkled in the grapefruit aromas and the first taste brought back memories of a place I had visited in the mid 80’s that brewed it’s own beer in NYC besides McSorleys. The unusual taste had a lightly smooth malty element that seemed to twist and turn with every sip.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy light orange, thin head. Basically similar to the Bengali Tiger. IPAish piney grapefruit hop aroma and flavor but the hops in this are sharper, leaving a strong and lasting bitterness whereas the BT leaves a smoother tea-like dryness. N.B.- This rating was attempted amongst loud Sat. night Village mayhem, aromas of garlicy pizzas all around me, and after drinking a few other beers. Went really well with the pizza however.
beastiefan2k (3492) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a pale ale made especially for his restuarant. So thats where I went to get it. Of course, it was served in a frosted pint glass (thanks?). Color is cloudy, dense orange, cannot see through the beer. Aroma is all hop - not over the top but pleasantly present. Taste is similar - get some creaminess (simcoe?). Finishes with a bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is fine. Again, a fine beer but nothing special. Drinkable.