hopscotch (10009) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 On tap at the pub...
Sparkling clear, yellow ale with a creamy, white head. Good lacing. The aroma and flavor are very fruity. Some lemon and floral notes in the nose. The flavor is much the same. Well-balanced. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Short, crisp, dry finish. Very nice!
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I can’t believe that I’m drinking the same beer as I’m seeing ratings for. Hazy golden brew, thin white head. Low aroma, light caramel malt. More diacetyl (WTF?). In the lagers I could see it, but this beer should be clean dammit. Fairly bitter but not all that hoppy. Seems very British and timid. Slight woodiness and earthiness. They really need to tweak these year rounds beers. I don’t know if I got here on a horrible day or what, but I sure wish I got to drink some of the beers that I’m reading about.
Ernest (6598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught, Publick House, Southampton.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs, apricot).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Reasonably decent, if rudimentary, pale ale.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the Publick House. Rocky white head lasts over the light amber hue. The citrusy and floral, grapefruity cascade and others strike first, but the cerealic and toasted malt offers sufficient support. Light-medium body, powdery foamy texture with biting carbonation. Dry palate, citric, very clean all-around, efficient good stuff, precisely what you’d expect.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at SPH. Golden color with a thin white head. Light citrus and earthy aroma on top of caramel. Flavor of malt quickly goes to a big citrus flavor with a big bitter finish.
ClarkVV (4069) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Multiple draught pints on 4/28 and 4/26/06 at SHPH
Full white head sits placidly atop a deep bronze-golden body, medium-high to high clarity, with plenty of bubbles rising. Lacing is low to moderate.
Very pungent and sharp hops shoot right up the nose. A combination of dry herbs, zesty lemongrass and dry tangerine fruitiness. Almost spicy, you might say, and really opens up the nostrils, allowing the light pale malts to drift lazily in to the mix, adding minimal sweetness, light graininess and a touch of sourdough even. Low yeast apparency, though still quite fresh and noticeable (light nuttiness), with a growing warm honey sweetness that never interrupts the hops, but still provides enough balance. Overall, it’s much on the dry side.
Doughy, almost chewy and minimally sweet pale malts provide mostly texture upon sipping, while the hops are decidedly less bitter and striking in flavor than they are in aroma, yet no loss of flavor, as lemons, curacao oranges, strong grass and herbs all play about as the zesty carbonation tingles and sets the palate alive with dry hop flavor and a rather crisp finish. Fortunately, some malt sweetness emerges, again, mostly pale malt sugars producing a bit of honey and dough. Medium to medium-light body and could use some malt depth to cut the rather monotonous simple sugar/honey note, but the hops are elegant and bold, without being overdone.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sampled at the brewpub. golden in appearance with a small compact off white head. lightly hoppy (floral) and malty nose, taste is citrus and floral hops, slightly bitter. well balanced session style pale ale.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught pint at Public House 4/27/06. Pours a bright copper/orange color with a white foamy head. Nose is crisp hops and light caramel malt. Flavors of crisp clean hops, caramel malts. Palate is very crisp and tingly with a great bitter finish that really wakes you up.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Earthy, peppery hop aroma, with hints of biscuit and caramel. Copper color. Fresh, lush, grassy, earthy hop character supported by a killer body. Nice beer, of course, it’s from Southampton.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
very good ipa, better than average. Nice full nose with a dry crisp finish. Hops are everywhere with this beer. I loved to try it on tap.